About Melanie

Melanie Ehrlich is an on-camera and voice actress, and a pretty interesting person in general. Her recent on-camera credits include Netflix series The OA, Ryan Murphy's Emmy-nominated Feud: Bette and Joan on FX, Adult Swim's Decker, and a Project Runway-inspired national commercial for Dish Network featuring Tim Gunn. She will be making her big screen debut alongside Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, in theaters December 22nd, 2017. Melanie plays Lizabeth on the new series My Dead Ex from Dreamworks' Awesomeness TV, out in 2018, when Melanie will also be appearing in the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post alongside Chloë Grace Moretz.

Behind the mic, Melanie has voiced hundreds of games, commercials, animated works, and more, with over 550 studio hours spanning more than 350 recording sessions during her eighteen months in South Korea alone. In addition to a singing bison (yes, really), a sprightly kangaroo and a kindly cat hostess in Disney Junior's P. King Duckling, Melanie voices no-nonsense Razel, spunky Ardea, blasé Bea, adorable Lupa, and other characters in Adult Swim Games' Battle Chef Brigade, out late 2017, as well as Vella Wilde, the lead female protagonist in the highly-anticipated indie RPG YIIK, which has been featured on Kotaku, PCGamer, Engadget, IGN, and Sony’s official Playstation blog. Melanie’s voice can also be heard in anime series including Ladies versus Butlers! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V, as well as in commercials and narration for Samsung, Apple, Ebay, LG, Johnson & Johnson, and Japan Airlines.

An NYU graduate, Melanie learned to speak Korean and play samulnori (traditional Korean percussion) in college--interests that inspired her to spend a year and a half in South Korea, studying the Korean language abroad and working full-time as a voice actor. She often uses both abilities in her work, in film (speaking Korean in Simbi_Xombies, Product Of The Year and Drawing Lines), live performance (as the featured samulnori player at the 2014 Buddha's Birthday performance in Union Square Park), and otherwise (including an upcoming pilot project in the works).

In addition to her performance work, Melanie is the owner/CEO of Listen To Melanie (LTM) Productions, which provides casting, directing, production and consulting services for creative productions. Under the LTM moniker, she fully cast and directed the voice acting for the game Norse Noir, notable for including veteran voice actors from games like League of Legends, World Of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto V, Super Smash Bros., and Bioshock Infinite alongside up-and-coming voiceover talent. Melanie was the main ADR director for Media Blasters’ first in-house anime dub of Holy Knight, which received over 80,000 views in its first three weeks online.

Melanie is a regular speaker at conferences and events, including the New York Media Festival, PAX East and IndieCade East, and teaches voice acting classes to aspiring voiceover talent, for which she was one of the top four nominees for Best NYC Voiceover Coach in the 2016 Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards (and top five in 2014).

In her free time, Melanie loves DDR (Dance Dance Revolution--you'll make her extremely happy by challenging her to a round), samulnori (traditional Korean percussion), and playing with her adorable, fuzzy pet bunny, Pia, with whom she lives happily in Los Angeles.

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Fun facts

Favorite movies

The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hot Fuzz, The Great Mouse Detective, The Court Jester, Fantastia, Aladdin, Stoker, the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Beetlejuice, and 놈놈놈 (also known as 좋은놈 나쁜놈 이상한놈/The Good, The Bad, and the Weird)

Favorite TV shows

Community is her favorite favorite favorite TV show of all time, ever, in the entire universe, and she is still pulling for #sixseasonsandamovie. Beyond that: Suits, Breaking Bad, The Good Place, Jane The Virgin, Mozart In The Jungle, Criminal Minds, Cowboy Bebop, Great Teacher Onizuka, Superstore, Law and Order: SVU, Grey's Anatomy, Lupin III, Android Kikaider: The Animation, Hellsing, Case Closed/Detective Conan, and Neon Genesis Evangelion

Favorite plays

The Importance Of Being Earnest; Ubu Roi; Six Characters In Search Of An Author; Waiting For Godot

Favorite books

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett; The Giver; Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs; Wendal, His Cat and the Progress of Man; A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind In The Door; The Elements Of Style; and the Harry Potter books. Also, I love Reader's Digest and have been reading it regularly since I was eight years old.

Favorite foods

Macaroni and cheese, bubble tea, apples, grapes, avocadoes, good matzoh ball soup, pizza, mushrooms (cooked, not raw), bibimbap/비빔밥, kong kuk su/콩국수, mashed potatoes, and dumplings. And Chipotle veggie burritos.

Favorite music

Music is paramount in my life, and I have a very, very wide range of music that I love. Here are just a FEW of my very favorites: Mark Bacino, Prozzak, Era, Alexander Rybak, Claude Francois, Kaoma, Yoko Kanno, Nilüfer, Tarkan, Three Dog Night, The Turtles, Adiemus/Karl Jenkins, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein (particularly his Mass), Menotti, Mozart, Mussorgsky, John Rutter, Tchaikovsky, Eric Whitacre, Bobby Darin, Dustbowl Revival, Darren Korb (particularly the Transistor soundtrack), E.L.O., Liquid Tension Experiment, B’z, Tomoyasu Hotei, L’arc~en~Ciel, Tak Matsumoto, Porno Graffitti, MC Mong, Nemesis, Samulnori, Turtles/거북이, Yoon Do Hyun Band, Better Than Ezra, Eve 6, The Floyds/Floyd’s Funk Revival, Huey Lewis and the News, Incubus, Marvelous 3, Mr. Big, SR-71, Stone Temple Pilots, Stroke 9, Bacilos, Chayanne, Juanes, E Nomine, Raffi

Favorite video games

Kirby's Adventure, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), Pump It Up (PIU), Transistor, Nidhogg, QWOP, Spaceteam, Just Dance

Other stuff I like

Bike riding, DDR, samulnori (traditional Korean percussion), traveling, philosophy, animation, Jewish history/thought, juggling, singing/music, cooking, Korean language/music/culture, video games

News & Press

Appearing in Adult Swim Games' Battle Chef Brigade, out on Nintendo Switch and PC late 2017!

September 2017

Woohoo!! Come December 2017, you'll be able to hear me as the voice of no-nonsense Razel, spunky Ardea, blasé Bea, adorable Lupa, and other characters in Battle Chef Brigade, a "chef's pairing of equal parts old-school brawler, match-three puzzler, served with a side of light RPG progression"! The game, developed by Trinket Studios, will be published by Adult Swim Games and available on Nintendo Switch and PC in late 2017!! I had a blast voicing these characters--this project was SUPER fun to be a part of. :)

Performing LIVE on Otamatone at Tom's on Abbot Kinney!

August 2017

My alter ego, Meladactyl, will be performing on Otamatone LIVE at Tom's Flagship Store on Abbot Kinney in Venice this weekend! Here are the details:

Who: You! And me, Meladactyl, on Otamatone!
What: Melanie Plays Your Favorite Songs On The Otamatone, Poorly But Fervently
Where: Tom’s Flagship Store, 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: Friday, August 4th, 7:30PM

Come hear me play some very serious music on a very serious instrument for very serious people. And get the iced vanilla coriander latte. Trust me on this one.

For answers to all of your questions about the Otamatone (including, "What IS that thing???"), click here.

Alexander Payne's Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, to open Venice International Film Festival!!

July 2017

Alexander Payne's upcoming feature film, Downsizing, will be opening the Venice International Film Festival! This is quite a coveted slot, which La La Land held last year. I had the incredible honor of working with the inimitable, incredible Mr. Alexander Payne on this film (penned with writing partner Jim Taylor). I'm so proud of the cast and crew and team that produced it!! Mark your calendars for Downsizing's release date: December 22nd, 2017!!!

Click here to view the news article on Variety.

UPDATE: After opening the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews, Downsizing has gone on to open the Telluride Film Festival and will next screen at Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX!

Appearing on Ryan Murphy's FEUD: Bette and Joan, debuting March 5th on FX!

April 2017

I'll be appearing on the season finale of Ryan Murphy's new series, FEUD: Bette and Joan, on FX at 10PM on Sunday, April 23rd!! This was my first project as an official Angeleno!

Update (April 2017): You can view a clip of my appearance on FEUD: Bette and Joan above!

The OA now available on Netflix

December 2016

Season 1 of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's new series, The OA, is now available on Netflix. I play Ali, Jesse (one of the main character)'s sister. You can find me starting at about 17:15 into Episode 4, or click here to watch a clip from that scene.

Update (January 2017): The OA has been the #1 series on IMDb for three weeks straight!

Appearing in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz

November 2016

I am THRILLED to share that I just wrapped a major supporting role in the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, directed by Desiree Akhavan and starring Chloe Grace Moretz! This is a really special film, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Emily Danforth. I can't WAIT for you to see it.

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