Check our interview with talented Adam McArthur who is currently the lead voice of Marco Diaz in the hit Disney XD animated comedy series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. His character Marco is a misunderstood bad boy, who befriends Star Butterfly, played by Eden Sher. Marco helps protect the magical princess and her family’s heirloom wand while being pulled into an adventure of a lifetime with his new friend. The voice cast also features Jeffrey Tambor as “Glossaryck”, and Jenny Slate as “Pony Head”. Episodes of Season 3 are airing now on Disney XD. The popular series has not only a large fan following but it has garnered critical acclaim as well. It has been nominated for three Annie Awards and won multiple Behind the Voice Actors Awards.
Adam is also known for his recurring voice work in the original animated series The LeBrons, from the mind of the NBA’s back-to-back champion, LeBron James. He also has lent his voice to two Emmy Award winning shows, Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Netflix’s The Adventures of Puss in Boots.
Hi Adam, please tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Northern California. I have two sisters and a brother. I’ve got a wife, a dog, and a healthy obsession with boba tea. I’ve been doing martial arts for about 25 years and I own a photo marketing company called, The Booth & Bus Co.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Energetic, Driven and Fun.
Who was your role model as a child?
Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and the Power Rangers 🙂
How’s a typical day in your life?
This is an insanely hard question to answer. No two days are alike for me. Some days I’m running from session to session, others I’m stuck in my home office working and then there’s the days I’m off on some random adventure because a friend asked me to hang out. I love it! Things are constantly changing.
How did you get started in the industry?
My parents put me in an acting class when I was 16. About two months later, I booked my first professional job and the rest is history.
Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
My family has always been supportive of me, so I’d definitely say my parents and my siblings. My Kung Fu teacher, Master Yi Shi, has also been a mentor and friend as well.
How do you prepare for a role?
It really depends on the part, but I’m a huge proponent of living life to the fullest outside of acting. Then when I get a role, I have a wide net of experience to draw from. Living makes acting easier.
How did you find out about “Star vs. the Forces of Evil”, and tell us about your experience as the voice of Marco Diaz?
I found out about it like any other audition! I never would have guessed it would be such a huge part of my life. The show is amazing and I get to work with the best people in the industry.
Now tell us about the original animated series “The LeBrons?”
The Lebrons was born out of the mind of Lebron James who wanted to create a series to teach kids valuable life lessons. It was a lot of fun to work on!
What is next for Adam McArthur?
A new season of Star Vs. The Forces of Evil is being recorded right now! New episodes coming soon!
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
I love Jack Black and Claire Danes. I know they’re so different! Jack Black makes everything so so funny. He seems like such a great person off-screen too. Claire Danes plays the lead on Showtime’s Homeland. I have never seen someone with the range and honesty she has. It’s a huge inspiration.
Any advice for new young actors?
Persevere! You have to just keep working hard and stick with it. Don’t get distracted!
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I would love to be doing exactly what I’m doing now! Voicing on a great show and enjoying life.
What was the last book you read?
Ender’s Game (I know… super late to the party)
How do you stay fit?
Martial arts! I do Kung Fu, Judo and Kickboxing.
What is your favorite healthy food?
I love a good Kale salad.
And your favorite cheat food?
What would be the dream vacation, and who would you go with?
The dream vacation would actually be to be a contestant on The Amazing Race! Don’t ask me to pick a partner (I have like 5 people vying for the spot haha)
What do you do in your free time?
What do you like to watch on TV?
I love Homeland, My Hero Academia, The Challenge, Shark Tank, and Shameless.
What do you think of social media in the entertainment business?
I think it’s great! It’s a necessary marketing tool. It’s a great way to connect directly with the fans and interact with the people who enjoy what I do.
Best advice ever given?
“Work smarter, not harder,” and “Stand in your truth.”
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
A massage, a boba, some cartoons or a good movie and an ocean breeze.
What’s your favorite music?
The Chillwave Station on Pandora.
Where we can follow you?
ig: @ninjamac twitter: @_adamm
Quote: “You can do it!” – the guy from The Waterboy
Celebrity Crush: Victoria Justice and Jack Black.
Drink: Honey Green Tea Boba
Movie: 3 Ninjas or Home Alone
Sport Team: Any from the Bay Area
Song: Take on Me by A-ha or Juicy by The Notorious BIG
Photographer: Yasmine Kateb @yasminekateb
Grooming: JaeLynn Schneider @makeup_by_jae