Shes done a plethora of voice acting gigs during her long and successful career, but Susan Bennett”s most recognizable role is as the voice of Siri from Apples iPhone collection.
In a new interview, the prolific talker tells of the time she first realized that her voice was being heard on iOS devices across the world.
“The first time I actually heard my voice as Siri was when my friend emailed me and said, “Isn”t this you” I went to the Apple site and that”s where I heard the voice. I went, “Oh! Hmm. That is me.””
In July 2005 Susan spent a month of four-hour days recording all of the vocals that eventually became Siri- “I had absolutely no idea where they would end up. Originally, it was just a bunch of sentences and phrases that were created so that every single combination of vowels and consonants and syllables could be spoken.”
“There are some people that just can read hour upon hour upon hour, and it”s not a problem. For me, I get extremely bored. That”s one of the reasons why Siri might sometimes sound like she has a bit of an attitude…Those sounds might have been recorded the last 15 minutes of those four hours.”
Bennett added, “When I first discovered that that was my voice, to be honest, it was a little creepy. I”m used to hearing my voice, maybe in the airport, but this real thing that you can interact with in your hand, it took some time to get used to it.”
I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally. I wasn”t sure that I wanted that notoriety…[But after the Dufty incident] it seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck This is the time.”