Tiffany Lynn Grant (born October 11, 1968) is an American actress and writer who is known for her English dubbing work with ADV Films (and its successor Sentai Filmworks) on such anime films and television series as Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which she voiced the character Asuka Langley Soryu. Grant is also known for portraying Altena in Noir and Ryoko Subaru in Martian Successor Nadesico. Although she appeared in several ADV works, she is an independent contractor. A native Houstonian, Grant began her career as a voice actress in 1994 when she voiced Raina in Guy: Double Target and thus has the distinction of being the first anime actress from Texas.
Grant, along with a handful of other ADV contractors, also works with Fort Worth-based anime distributor Funimation on series such as Fullmetal Alchemist. Grant enjoyed her role as Asuka so much that she became a professional Evangelion fangirl. She briefly reprised the character in the radio plays and fan-produced anime derived from the fanfiction series Neon Genesis Evangelion R. She has also reprised her role yet again in the Rebuild of Evangelion films. She has also cosplayed as Asuka (in Asuka's familiar red EVA-02 plugsuit and her school uniform) at anime conventions. Also, her bedroom is completely covered in Asuka merchandise. In recent years she has become friends with Yuko Miyamura, the Japanese voice of Asuka.
It has been thought the main reason Grant got the role as Juli Mizrahi in Xenosaga: The Animation was because many fans mistook her voice for that of Juli in the original game.
Besides doing voice-over work, Grant has also appeared in live-action films as well as theater plays.
She married ADV's co-founder Matt Greenfield in 2003 and they divorced in 2017. That year, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia; she still does voice-over work there.
Notable Roles of Tiffany Grant:
- Asuka Langley Soryu in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rebuild of Evangelion
- Altena in Noir
- Coco in Tsuritama
- Gema in Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat
- Kaori (Kaorin) in Azumanga Daioh
- Kisaragi in the first episode of Elfen Lied
- Koume Sawagachi in Blue Seed
- Kudryavka Noumi in Little Busters!
- Laura Bodewig in Infinite Stratos
- Ayaka in Kurau Phantom Memory
- Lena in the Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light OVA
- Lune in The World God Only Knows: Goddesses Arc
- Martel in Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Midoriko Sono in Girls und Panzer
- Momon in Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess
- Nojiko in One Piece
- Okano in From the New World
- Renren Tomaru in Chivalry of a Failed Knight
- Ryoko Subaru in Martian Successor Nadesico
- Satella Harvenheit in Chrono Crusade
- The software company president in Golden Boy
- Sunako's Aunt in The Wallflower
- Yoko Tokashiki in Princess Nine
- Yukiyo Misaki (uncredited) and Yumi Ogura in Another
- Yuuki Onozawa in Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
- Haruka in Sister Princess
Tiffany Grant and her works provide examples of:
- Big Name Fan: Grant is a huge fan of the late comedian Bob Hope as well as the Star Trek franchise.
- Bilingual Bonus: She has extensive knowledge in fluency in German, which transfers into her German character roles like Asuka, Haruka, Christine Freidrich, and Laura Bodewig that either requires her to speak in a German accent or speak in German phrases.
- The Cast Showoff: Being fluent in German, Grant takes many opportunities in the original dub of Evangelion to pepper Asuka's speech with German phrases, and in one episode, carries an entire phone conversation in German.
- Contralto of Danger: Her fluency in German have many of her roles to have a deeper voice. Although there exceptions where she uses a higher-pitched voice than normal. Case in point, Kudryavka Noumi in the Little Busters! dub has her speak in a much higher-pitched voice and she's given a Russian accent. note
- Creator Backlash:
- Grant has gone on record to express her understandable disappointment with the Netflix re-dub of Evangelion. Besides having to tone down her performance during the blind audition as if it was a film as opposed to a TV series, Grant was shocked that Studio Khara was directly involved in the translation and casting decisions, and some of her lines in the script (including the German dialogue) were completely different.
- Like the rest of the Sorcerer Hunters cast, she was very upset at how Steven Foster deliberately rewrote the last 12 episodes of the series' English dub.
- Although she has fond memories of working on Nadesico, Grant had some misgivings on The Prince of Darkness.
- Dawson Casting: Grant first voiced Asuka at age 27 during the recording sessions of Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1996 and would go on to voice the character in all subsequent incarnations, at least until the Netflix release of the original TV series. By the time the third Rebuild of Evangelion film was released in February 2016, she was 47 years old.
- DVD Commentary: She has provided audio commentaries for the DVD releases for the Evangelion Platinum editions and Gunsmith Cats, as well as the home media release of the second Rebuild film.
- Fake Irish: She sports an Irish accent as Morgan in Tears to Tiara.
- Fake Nationality: She often voices German characters (i.e. Laura Bodewig, Christiane Friedrich) with an appropriate accent, except for Asuka.
- Fake Russian: She played the Russian Kudryavka Noumi in Little Busters!.
- Gratuitous German: She sprinkles a bit of German in her work involving such characters as Laura Bodewig, Asuka Langley Sohryu and Satella Harvenheit.
- Large Ham: She pulls off over-the-top histrionics quite well, which is perfect for her more emotional roles such as Asuka.
- Pigeonholed Voice Actor:
- Most of the characters she voices tend to be badasses or Cool Big Sis. Bonus points that some of them tend to be a bit hotheaded.
- Need someone to voice a German girl or woman in a Houston or Dallas based dub, hire this woman!
- Playing Against Type: While Grant isn't a stranger to voicing cute girls in the past, Little Busters! have her voice Kudryavka Noumi, the resident Token Mini-Moe, where she not only attempts a Russian accent with the said character, but also making her sound cute at the same time with a higher-pitch voice. She also voices Altena in Noir.
- Promoted Fangirl: A fan of the Hello Kitty franchise, Grant wrote the scripts for Hello Kitty's Animation Theater, in which she also starred as Pochacco.
- Self-Deprecation: Grant frequently makes fun of her singing in some of her works, since she's not a trained singer.
- She Also Did: While Grant is known for her voice-over work, she's also worked in both live-action and theater work. Most notably, she appeared as an uncredited graduate student in Arlington Road as well as Alicia Dimsdale in Laughing Boy.
- Star-Making Role: Asuka Langley Soryu in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Throw It In!: When it comes to writing an ADR script for dubs produced by ADV and/or Sentai Filmworks, Grant often includes German dialogue for some characters like Asuka and Laura, given her fluency in the German language.
- Tsundere: Played quite a few of these in her works.
- Woman of a Thousand Voices: Grant is known for her wide range of voices.