For Yeardley Smith, Lisa Simpson isn’t just a character, she’s a person, and she loves everything about herself. “I honestly really love this girl like she’s a living, breathing, red-blooded, 4’2″ — because there’s an episode called that — little girl dressed in a little red dress with pearls,” Smith told Vanity Fair .
Smith noted that while voice actors are off-camera, voicing an animated character is just as much work as playing a live-action character. “The key to a good voiceover, like any performance, is that you have to put your heart and soul into it. You have to give it your all.” She added that while her voice plays a role in bringing Lisa to life, a lot goes into the creation of Lisa and the rest of The Simpsons each week, including writing and that iconic yellow one Animation. When it comes to following dreams, Smith said it’s important for people to do their own thing and find a path that will allow them to achieve their goals.
Season 34 of The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox.