Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Helga's First Soliloquy | Hey Arnold! | Nickelodeon Animation

In honor of Women's History Month and voice actress Francesca Marie Smith's birthday, Nickelodeon Animation are taking you back to Helga's first soliloquy in the very first episode of Hey Arnold!

"Downtown as Fruits" premiered on October 7th, 1996.

In Francesca's words, "“I’d say that Helga represents a strong, brilliant, passionate, and ultimately tortured soul, and I hope that she helped (and still helps?) audiences see what being that kind of person is all about. In other words, I hope she helped people see that it can be very cool to be that intense, that bright, that assertive and driven and engaged (and it’s not something to be ashamed of). That said, she also represented the dark sides of those personality traits: how much suffering she put herself through, how much she took out on the people around her, and how hard it can be to go through all those things, especially at that age, and when you feel like you don’t have people who understand you–not to psychoanalyze too much, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that so much of the drama with Arnold was self-imposed, and it was really just an outlet for her to process a whole lot of other things in her life, including her family and the challenges of coming into her own at a tough age and with that kind of a personality. In some ways, Helga may have helped audiences feel like there was, in fact, someone else who understood, and they weren’t alone in going through this stuff.”

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