Anime USA Interviews Voice Actor Daman Mills!
Did you know Daman Mills is a self-proclaimed coffeeholic? What anime universe do you think he’d want to live in? What’s his ultimate hero and villain line up? Find out in our interview with him!
1. Tell us a little about yourself. What’s a fun fact people might be surprised to know about you?
Hi! I’m Daman. I scream a lot for money. (Ha!) I am a voice actor that’s worked in Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles on anime titles for the past 5 years. I also work on video games and do occasional commercials. Fun facts? Well, I’m a coffeeholic so I basically live at Starbucks. I love K-Pop (especially BTS, come to talk to me about my bias!). And I’ve lived in a lot of different places, including Hawaii. I also really love to travel, but I hate planes because I’m a kind of a walking tree man.
2. What was your first anime? What is your current favorite?
Pokémon was the earliest anime that I watched, which made it so special when I was able to work on it in New York. I remember growing up collecting the cards and playing all the GameBoy games. My mom used to have a bumper sticker that said: “Pokémon put me in the poor house!” Haha! And here I am 20 years later, still getting hyped up every time a new generation of games is announced.
I honestly don’t watch a ton of anime in my spare time anymore, but I feel my current favorite might be Dragon Ball Super. I grew up with DBZ being my all time favorite, and it’s what got me interested in voice-over in the first place. And I’m beyond grateful to be able to record for it all these years later!
Another one that I watched recently that I did NOT work on was Devil May Crybaby. What a fantastically insane show – I loved it!
3. What is your favorite voice that you’ve done? What made it so special?
I’d have to go with voicing Jyugo in NANBAKA. It was my first lead with Funimation and such a magnificent experience. There was so much love poured into every crevice of that show from all sides; I give so much kudos to Aaron Dismuke, he’s a fantastic director and made it a fun, memorable ride. We got to do two seasons back to back, and that allowed me to explore areas of character development I didn’t have much experience with. Like, it was my first time crying in the booth, and my first “shonen” style battles. Just a lot of firsts, I miss it terribly.
4. What is your favorite memory from meeting fans?
Two very sweet girls came up to me with cards and hugs, profusely thanking me for standing up for LGBTQ+ rights online this past year. It’s a battle I’ve fought with for a very long time in my own personal life, and I definitely wasn’t always this outspoken and bold, so it about made me cry. I was so blown away and it really made realize the significance and impact that your beliefs and actions can have on people. I think when you are in a position where someone either looks up to you or admires your work, it’s important to be upfront and honest about your values. Everyone has different struggles they face that you aren’t always aware of, and you never know if something like LGBTQ+ advocacy could be something they needed to hear that day.
5. If you could choose any anime universe to live in, which would it be?
Maybe something like Pokémon so I could go on a fun adventure with my partner and travel the world. Sure there’s risk involved, but not as much as if I threw myself into Attack on Titan. *shudders*
6. If you wanted to put together an All-Star team, who would your top 5 heroes be? What about villains?
That’s a super broad one, so I’m gonna try to narrow it down to different characters I’ve voiced.
HEROES: Jyugo, Shin Wolford, Lin Xianming, Ginshi Shirazu, NezumiVILLAINS: Frieza, Hades, Mustard, Moonfish, Tanaka
7. What are you looking forward to most at AUSA?
Meeting all the wonderful anime fans that I haven’t had a chance to meet before, hanging out with my friends that are going, making new ones at the convention, and perhaps exploring the area if we get a chance! I’ve never been to Washington DC before, so I’m so excited to be able to visit such a historic place.