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Alexander Gould, the original voice of Nemo, talks ‘Finding Nemo’ 20 years later

Gould reflects on his best known role.

Buscando a Nemo (2003)

Alexander Gould began his career as a child actor with his breakout role being the voice of Nemo in Pixar’s 2003 film ‘Finding Nemo’.

Now 29-years-old, Gould reflected on the experience while speaking with ‘Good Morning America’.

“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, 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,” Gould said.

“I even remember at the time realizing that it was way bigger than we ever thought it was going to be and a much bigger deal as a film than I had thought it was going to be, than my parents had thought it was going to be. Kind of just taking it all in stride, one step at a time.”

Gould on his co-workers

‘Finding Nemo’ went on to become the highest-grossing film of that year. Gould starred alongside Albert Brooks as Marlin, Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, and Willem Dafoe as Gill.

Gould expressed that working with stars like DeGeneres and Brooks was a treat.

“Ellen was hilarious and very fun and treated me very well,” Gould said. “Albert was really sweet and kind. I actually ended up working with Albert a lot more on [the television series] ‘Weeds.’

“He played my grandfather for like a whole season, so I got to actually develop a bit of a relationship with him. He’s a really, really sweet guy.”

What is Gould up to now?

Gould did not reprise his role for the film’s sequel ‘Finding Dory’ in 2016 since his voice has changed drastically from when he was 6-years-old. However, he did have a cameo.

“After the filming of Finding Nemo I still did the voice until I was about 14,” Gould said. “Around that time I was told that, unfortunately, my voice had changed too much. I wasn’t able to capture the essence of Nemo anymore. That happens when you’re a child actor.”

Gould has not acted since his cameo in ‘Finding Dory’.

“I have a bunch of nieces and nephews, and I just got to rewatch it with all of them, and they had a blast,” he said. “They’re quoting the movie to me and asking me questions about filming it while they’re watching, which is very fun.”


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