‘Halo 4 acting is more emotional’, Cortana actor discusses her role

Tuesday, 30th October 2012 09:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Halo 4 is the most emotional title in the franchise – at least in terms of acting – according to Cortana actor Jen Taylor, who has discussed 343′s approach to dialogue recording and how she was allowed to “go a little crazy” this time. Beware potential spoilers.

In an interview with NBC News, Taylor revealed that Halo 4 as the first game that saw both herself and Master Chief actor Steve Downes recording dialogue together in the same sound booth.

On the matter, Taylor said, “That’s the first time it’s ever happened. We’ve never been in the room together. So our connection is pretty intense. To have somebody go through any kind of an emotional scene there with you — it makes it more real somehow”

” It feels more authentic to work off of somebody, “Taylor continued, “Even the happy-go-lucky scenes and the wry scenes are more fun. Steve and I get along incredibly well. So it made it more emotional, more intense. Everything is more heightened because you are experiencing the journey with someone else.”

VG247 played a fair bit of Halo 4 at the preview stage, and yes, both Master Chief and Cortana share a lot of engaging scenes together, as the latter deals with rampancy brought on by her diminished life-span.

On playing the increasingly berserk Cortana in Halo 4, Taylor revealed her experience, “I was given very different work to do this time. The character is going through some big changes. She has quite a different journey in this game from what she’s ever had.”

“So I got to do some different things. Did I approach it differently? Not really. I tried to stay as authentic to her as I could. She’s just on a different path, if that makes sense. But it was fun. Really fun.”

It’s not all emo and plight however, as Taylor discusses her original brief for Cortana back when Halo: Combat Evolved was being developed. The descriptor still stands.

“You know, when I was initially cast, something the guys at Bungie said to me was, ‘This character is in your head all the time. She is your best guide and the best aid that you have — the only guide and the only aid really.”

“So we don’t want her to sound naggy, we don’t want her to be a pain.’ They wanted her to be like the girl next door, your best friend that you want to hang out with.And she’s that and so much more, because she is so smart.”

“Obviously she knows more than we could possibly know. It’s always fun to play a character that is powerful in that way.”

Halo 4 is out November 6th in all territories. Expect to find out more about Chief and Cortana’s struggle at the review phase.

Thanks Polygon.



  1. Dragon246

    Something happens to her!

    Looks like they took her measurements straight from a DOA designer :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Cortana’s rampancy has been seen in many of the trailers dude, and in our last preview. It’s no secret, unless I’m misunderstanding what bit you mean?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Hirmetrium

    I find the relationship between Cortana and the Chief one of the most satisfying in gaming media. It’s in no way sexual or anything – they are a genuine team, working together to get stuff done.

    To hear they have really achieved new emotional levels in it is good. I look forward to November 6th.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    You know what they say about Cortanas fate in the end in NeoGaf?

    Also , gta san andreas has been rated for ps3. (Via Ign)
    I can’t provide the link as I am typing through vita, and no copy paste option is available here.

    On the game, looks really good.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @4 Nah I haven’t checked it on GAF, but I have completed the campaign. I know all ;)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    So much for me teasing then :(

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 Aww dude :P

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    @3 LOL! How can it be sexual!? She an AI. :)

    #8 2 years ago

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