Interview – Carolina Ravassa (Overwatch’s Sombra)

Congratulations on all the success of Overwatch. You guys picked up a whole lot of Game of the Year Awards last year.

I know it’s won a tonne of awards, over a hundred in a year.

It was one of the best games of last year.

Yeah apparently. I was brought into Overwatch in November last year so I didn’t really understand what it was all about until recently. My character Sombra came out in November so I wasn’t aware of it til then.

It must have exploded since then because you’ve done BlizzCon, SXSW, Anime Matsuri and soon Supanova. How do you go meeting all these hardcore fans?

It’s crazy. I’m still kind of in disbelief that people are so excited about the game and the character. I love the fans. Most of them have been very sweet. In person everybody’s great – on Twitter, not so much – but for the most part everyone has been so lovely.

I take all the love and give it back too because I know they love what we’re doing and that’s great.

You have a really committed fanbase, included some people that make this really detailed and awesome fanart.

It’s amazing. If they tag me on Twitter or Instagram I always try and reshare it. I’m really excited they’re so happy about it so I try and share their art. There’s so much out there though so I can’t keep up with all of it.

I’ve had a few actually mailed to my manager’s office, individualised posters or paintings, or where somebody has photoshopped Sombra’s hair onto my face. I love it all. They’re so dedicated and talented.

You’ve done some movie work before this. Were you hesitant to step away from that and do a voice role?

Oh no at all. I consider them both part of the same acting skill. I’ve done a lot of voice work in acting before so I just see it as another character. It’s just not you physically. I’m especially down for this. Especially since I love the character so much.

She’s very a strong and very smart character.

She’s so confident and so sure of herself. I really love that about her.

If they asked you to play a live action version of Sombra would you be down?

Oh my god! In a heartbeat! Totally! I would love to do that.

There’s been fancasting posts online. It’d be cool to see an Overwatch movie in the future.

I think everyone does. I know even if they do an animated movie all the voice actors would be happy to be a part of it. If it’s live action – oh my god! – a lot of us would jump right in if we had the opportunity.

Assassin’s Creed. Resident Evil. It could happen.

Crossing fingers. Who knows?

Now you’re character’s true name is still a mystery so there’s that aura around you.

Da da dunn. Are you asking me if I know what the name is?

You wouldn’t tell me anyway would you?

If I told you I would have to kill you.

I was on your YouTube channel and I caught the pilot of your series Hispanglosaxon. Awesome awesome series. 12,000 views on your pilot. That’s very cool.

It was a series I did before Sombra came out and now we’re also posting videos about Sombra meeting up with other characters from Overwatch. So from that more people are looking at the web series which is great.

I did it with all my heart and passion starting a few years ago. My first story is an audition where they tell me I’m too white to play Latina and too ethnic to play white. Kind of a sketch comedy series.

It’s a very funny take on a pretty serious issue.

Yeah I was living all these experiences and they were so frustrating and sometimes saddening and angering and I finally decided to do something about it. I guess I turned the problem into the subject of my web series.

So now it’s funny but at the time it was very frustrating.

One of your upcoming projects is Havanna Darkness. Can you tell me a bit about that?

That’s an amazing horror film I shot in Cuba last year. It’s about three friends that go to Cuba to visit the house where Hemmingway lived while he was writing a book that never got published. So I think it’s a deeper horror film that just screaming and dying in a bloody pool of whatever.

I think it’s going to be really good and I had a great time shooting it. It should be out soon so I’ll keep fans posted on Twitter about that.

They just changed all the laws to film in Cuba. What was it like to film there as a non-Cuban?

Well we had a Cuban-Mexican director that had worked there quite a bit and a lot of his crew were Cuban so it felt very local. And because I speak Spanish I didn’t feel so foreign.

I think we were definitely the first indie movie there and then Fast and Furious were shooting at the same time. For me it was a lovely experience.

We met some lovely Cuban people. The country’s been through so much so it’s bittersweet but overall it was a wonderful experience. We were employing a bunch of people too so it was great.

Is that your first time in Cuba?

Yeah it was. I absolutely loved it and I hope to be back soon.

And finally, do you game at all?

I dread that question every time! No I’m not a gamer but I definitely need someone to teach me how to play properly. We’ll see. I’ve played it at BlizzCon and died twenty-seven times because Sombra is so hard to play but someday I’ll sit down and actually go through the motions.

Thank you so much for your time.

Carolina Ravassa will be at Supanova Perth and Sydney this July. Get your tickets now and don’t miss out!

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