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Interview: Lucie Pohl On Playing Mercy, Stand Up Comedy And Abu Dhabi

Lucie Pole, the voice of ‘Mercy’ from the ‘Overwatch’ series, was in UAE for the Middle East Games Con this week. We caught up with the actor, talking about her character, ventures into stand-up comedy and her UAE debut.

How has your journey been playing Mercy?

It’s been an amazing journey. It’s amazing to be part of a project that touches so many people all over the world. Currently, there are 40 million registered users on the game. It’s hard to express what it feels like, to be able to participate in something that means so much to so many people. It’s been one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

You started as an actor, but how did you go about venturing into voice acting and stand up-comedy?

I’ve been acting since I was 14. I grew up in a family of performers and artists, so I always pursued that and knew it was something I wanted to do. But, it’s not been easy. I had to put in the work to get to where I wanted to be. I studied acting, did theatre and started writing my shows. My comedy shows changed my life in a big way because it gave me a lot of power to control the way that I live. Voice acting has become a bigger thing in my life now, it’s very special. But everything comes together and makes a pattern for my existence.

Speaking about stand-up comedy, what are your sketches based on?

I write about my life experiences and what I think is humorous or funny. There’s a lot of self-deprecating stuff. I think there’s a lot of humour in personal tragedies.

Have you explored the city or do you look forward to visiting its tourist attractions?

We went to the Louvre on the first day. It’s a beautiful building. The collection and curation are amazing. We also went to the Sheikh Zayed mosque. We reached there just as the afternoon prayer started, so it was really special. It’s an amazing architectural effort. The details are incredible. Everyone has been so friendly, generous and welcoming.

What’s your take on the gaming scene in the Middle East?

It struck me how inclusive the gaming world is in the Middle East. The fans aren’t different than anywhere else. They’re enthusiastic about gaming. I think that people who get into Overwatch are people into inclusivity and diversity. I think that connects fans over the world and I see that here as well.

What’s next in line for your voice-acting works?

I have a new voice on ‘World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth.’ She’s called Rixxa Fluxflame. I’m also working on new shows and TV projects.