It’s been 20 years since Finding Nemo swam into our hearts – and actor Alexander Gould, who voiced the famous clownfish, is reflecting on the film.
Speaking to Good Morning America, Alexander recalls taking part in the movie when he was just 6:
“It was a very exciting time. It was kind of a whirlwind,” he says in a video shared online. “I started working on the film when I was 6 years old, and so it was three years of recording in the studio, going back and forth to Pixar in San Francisco and going to Disney in Los Angeles, and finally after many , many months and years of collaborating and working on the film, it all came to fruition.”
By the way, he’s 29 years old now. Here’s a more recent photo of him shared in 2022 on his Instagram page:
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Finding Nemo, which was released in 2003, also starred Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful fish Dory, and Albert Brooks as Nemo’s dad, Marlin.
“Ellen was hilarious and very fun and treated me very well,” Alexander shares.
“Albert was really sweet and kind. I actually ended up working with Albert a lot more on Weeds. He played my grandfather for like a whole season, so I got to actually develop a but of a relationship with him”
He also adds that the film stood the test of time because of its themes: “it just spoke so deeply to everybody who watched it.”
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“You pick up all the good messages of having faith in yourself, trusting yourself, being able to overcome obstacles in your own life. Things that might seemingly hold you back don’t actually hold you back. For parents it has great themes around letting go and pushing your kids into the world and letting them thrive by their own merit.”
Alexander recalls having lots of fun on set and explains he wasn’t able to return as Nemo for the animated sequel Finding Dory in 2016, because his voice had changed too much by then, though he did have a cameo.
“People ask me to do the voice and then I have to explain that I was, you know, 9 years old and my voice has changed a little bit since then!”
Check out his full interview discussing the 20th anniversary of Finding Nemo here.
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