In a video interview with Crunchyroll, Lowenthal was asked about the toughest challenges he’s faced throughout his career. In his response, the voice actor explained that there are characters that are more similar to him in terms of personality than others.
“The darker characters require a little more work,” the actor explained. “Sasuke was one of the first. Up until Sasuke, I mostly played happy characters, just characters.”
Indeed, since childhood, Naruto Uzumaki’s rival has been a highly complex character, going through a dark character arc that could be described as a descent into villainy. At one point, Sasuke definitely falls under the antagonist category.
In another written interview with Crunchyroll, the actor elaborated, saying, “But I think it shows you that we all have some darkness within that we can access. So I could find it. It was probably very good for me, you know. It was probably a relief for me, instead of just playing the same notes on an instrument, that I could mix it up a little bit.
Though he believed it to be a tough challenge, Lowenthal also called this role “the funnest,” precisely because of the obstacles it presented and how they forced him to work on facets of himself as a pro that he had previously didn’t have a chance. Sasuke has long become an icon for those who have followed the epic, decade-long journey of Naruto, as well as being an important hallmark in his voice actor’s career.