Overwatch's Sombra has her share of detractors, especially considering that her role in the metagame is shaky at times. But all of that doesn't matter to Sombra's voice actress, Carolina Ravassa - she's just proud to be playing a strong female character.
"I'm honored when they pick me," she told the audience at a SXSW talk over the weekend. "I know every character, every superhero, is a person and has a little good and a little bad in them. I know there are a lot of Sombra haters and that's OK. I knew she was Mexican, and I generally do an accent from the north," she said. "During the first sessions, I kept thinking if they find out I'm Colombian I'm going to lose this job. I really was worried."
It turns out that this worry was misplaced - while Blizzard tries to stick to authentic accents, if they like the voice actor or actresses work, they'll overlook that particular prerequisite.
"We are always trying to do our best to strike a balance between an authentic accent, acting, and personality,” Chu said. “But it doesn't always work. Another example was Mercy. We wanted someone with a Swiss-German accent, but that's hard to do. We liked Lucie Pohl's voice acting so we went with her."
It helps that Blizzard's portrayal of Sombra is in line with Ravassa's line of thinking, too.
"Honestly I think Sombra is the perfect embodiment of Latinas," Ravassa continued. "She's strong, feisty, a badass and funny. I feel really proud to play her. I'm often asked to play stereotypes who are not too smart or have big boobs. Hopefully, the Latinas who play as Sombra will feel like there is a little bit of her in them."
While Sombra may not see much play right now, that could be set to change as flankers become more popular in the metagame - and having a sweet voice actress to go with that helps the fandom grow. We also interviewed Ravassa at BlizzCon 2016 back in November, so check that out if you want to get to know her more.