Emmy award-winning writer and BAFTA nominated actress Ashly Burch has expeditiously made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, courtesy of the scripts and characters she brings to life.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona Ashly found her calling while playing the popular video game Metal Gear Solid. The aspect she enjoyed the most were the in-game characters. Once it struck her that there were real actors behind their voices, she was sold on the idea of pursuing a career in entertainment. Her first mark on the industry came in 2008, with the YouTube series Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin? With her brother Anthony alongside, the two produced content that grabbed the attention of the gaming community.
Upon graduating from college, Ashly made the leap into the world of voiceovers full time and landed her first role in 2012 with Borderlands 2, voicing Tiny Tina, a hilarious demolitions expert who starred in her own DLC pack. She has been working hard ever since, amassing a large following from the characters she lent her voice to over the years. Naming a few, there’s Aloy in the multi-million-dollar franchise “Horizon Zero Dawn,” Parvati Holcomb in “The Outer Worlds,” Chloe in “Life is Strange,” and lead roles in the following hit games: “Fallout,” “Call of Duty,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Mortal Kombat X.”
On the TV front in 2020, Ashly can be seen starring as Rachel in the Apple TV+ comedy series “Mythic Quest,” opposite Rob McElhenney. “Mythic Quest” tackles the world of video game developers and takes place in the fictional studio that created the biggest MMORPG in the world, Mythic Quest. To learn a few things about to the proficient entertainer’s reality, Chilled sat down and interviewed her.
Tell us about the projects you are working on.
Right now, I’m writing for the second season of Mythic Quest, It’s a comedy about a team of dysfunctional game developers. The first season is coming out soon so we’re super excited about that. With all the other stuff, I am unfortunately sworn to secrecy. But I hope I can talk about it soon!
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
This is my favorite type of question, because I find myself getting increasingly obsessed with my hobbies. I really love climbing, so I try to go to my climbing gym as much as possible. I’ve started climbing outside but it’s terrifying, so I’m taking baby steps. I also love baking. I’ve gotten to a place where I understand the basics enough. For example, copious amounts of sugar can really cover any of my mistakes. And I love playing board games with friends.
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
I’m trying to eat plant based as often as I can, so I like hitting up the vegan joints around town. When I have less self-control, I like to eat sushi.
What types of dishes do you typically order?
I wish my honest answer was something healthy, but I like eating sloppy foods. There’s a place I enjoy called Monty’s Good Burger (basically a plant-based In-N-Out). Also, I can tear through their tater tots.
Any favorite bars?
I really like Button Mash because apart from being a “barcade,” they also have a great food and drink selection. There’s also a speakeasy type bar in downtown LA I’ve been to a couple of times that I really like. I’m not a huge fan of crowded spots, so I like to find the nooks and crannies that less people go to.
What drinks do you order when out?
I love mezcal, and my new favorite cocktail is a Naked and Famous—pretty much a perfect drink in my opinion. I also love beer, but I found out I have a gluten intolerance, so whenever a spot has gluten-free beer, I get excited. Glutenberg is a great brand.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
Only on special occasions, but I’ve made some mezcal drinks at home. I made a strong-as-hell pisco cocktail once that was pretty good. If I’m drinking at home, I usually opt for beer.
Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?
Tequila, a handful of bitters, a strange flavored vodka that someone brought over for a party, a whiskey bottle with probably two shots left in it, and beer!
What’s your favorite drink?
I used to love saisons, but no one’s really cracked the code on a gluten-free version of that yet. I’m kind of a sucker for a shaken drink with either tequila or mezcal in it though.
Have you ever been a bartender?
I haven’t! I worked in restaurants, but I never bartended. I think I would be a lot cooler if I had.
If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?
I’d love to get drunk with Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Or Bong Joon-ho, but his translator would have to be completely sober.