As the film turns 30, actress EG Daily tells THR about her memories of playing Dottie, including describing first-time director Tim Burton as a “mad scientist who had a very clear vision.”
Thirty years later, a film about a bow tie-wearing guy’s search for his lost bike continues to capture viewers’ hearts.
As Pee-wee’s Big Adventure marks the 30th anniversary of its Aug. 9, 1985, release, actress EG Daily (Dottie) spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her experience working with Paul Reubens (Pee-wee) and Tim Burton, who made his feature directorial debut with the comedy.
“He was like a mad scientist who had a very clear vision,” says Daily, who is also known for voicing Tommy Pickles on Rugrats and Buttercup on Powerpuff Girls as well as her 2013 run on NBC’s The Voice. She describes Burton as “very particular about what he wanted.”
E.G. Daily has starred in movies, topped the charts as a singer/songwriter, is the voice of Tommy Pickles from Rugrats, and has voiced other notable characters. In 2013, Daily sauntered onto the stage of The Voice and blew everyone away with her rendition of “Breathe,” joining Team Blake after the performance. Yet Daily’s greatest success is solo-mothering daughters Hunter (19) and Tyson (16). Seriously, how many kids can say their mom is a Powerpuff Girl?
Which career came first—singing or acting?
It’s really one career with all sorts of tentacles. It all goes back to my voice.
When I was young I’d make up pretend voices. And I loved to sing. I taught myself how to play the guitar so I could sing and write songs. I starred in the school musicals. Then right after high school, I started booking movies.
But no matter what I was doing, I was singing and developing my voice. My voice had been so developed as a singer, and my acting so developed as an actor, that the voice-over made sense. It contorted everything together into animation, radio, TV, and commercials.