Exclusive: Mithila Palkar Opens Up About Her Voice for 'Sofia' in 'Marvel's Wastelanders': Actress Talks Workout and Skincare Secrets

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Mithila Palkar, the versatile Indian actress and singer, needs no introduction. She has left an indelible mark on the Hindi and Marathi film and digital industry with stellar performances by her in projects like “Little Things”, “Karwaan” and “Chopsticks”. She recently provided her voice for the Audible podcast series, “Marvel's Wastelanders: Wolverine.”

Set in the harsh aftermath of the deaths of the Avengers and X-Men, with the 'Supervillains' emerging victorious. “Marvel's Wastelanders: Wolverine” follows Logan, also known as Wolverine, as he navigates the Wastelands. In this unforgiving environment, he confronts his turbulent past and fights to survive in a hopeless world. Sharad Kelkar voices Wolverine and '80s diva Neelam Kothari voices the character of Jean Gray in the audio series, and both bring exceptional intensity and deep emotion to the character's journey, captivating listeners with their portrayal of a lasting fight.

In an exclusive interview with Zee News English, actress Mithila Palkar shares details about her lifestyle, guilty pleasure, secret skin care, her latest series Marvel's Wastelanders and much more.

Below are excerpts from Mithila Palkar's interview:

What attracted you to this series, Marvel's Wastelanders: Wolverine, and what was the experience of lending your voice to the series like?

Who doesn't want to be a part of the Marvel series, man! Who doesn't want to be part of the Marvel universe! Who doesn't want to play a superhero! And who doesn't want to be Wolverine's sidekick? It's all, it's all there, so it's important when you're working with such a great series and you care about it. In fact, it is a new medium. So I always, as an artist eager for more, I always think that anything that allows me to be an actor in any way possible, I will do it. So yeah, everything. So many reasons to just say yes, like I didn't even think about it much, I didn't even have to sit down and think.

What techniques or preparations did you undertake to effectively embody the character without relying on visual cues?

So I feel like the director had a role to play there because he was sure about everything, from what the modulations should be and when, basically, he knew what he was doing. The preparation essentially consisted of learning more and more about Sofía, my character, because she is a superhero but she is hidden. First of all, expressing character through voice is very difficult because I move my hands a lot, especially when I speak or even act. So even if you're looking at someone a certain way, you know the plot, but no one can really make out anything because none of these aids are available to you. It's just you and it's you and your voice.

Regardless of whether you are flying, jumping off a building or calling someone, it is important to consider every detail when you perform because you can't mutter when you know, it is your voice that creates the visual image. to the listener, which is incredibly challenging, but incredibly fun. These are the things I learned on the job.

And in fact, I told my director that this is so much fun that I think I want to do more of this now, considering I had fun with the work, which is good because it's rare that people can do that. Even when I decided to be an actress, the main reason was that I didn't think I was the 9-5 type of girl. And I'm too restless to do anything that requires being in one place.

Talking about your lifestyle, you are praised for your fitness and so, are there any particular workouts or exercises that you find most enjoyable or effective in keeping yourself energized and fit?

My journey into fitness started in 2017 when I met my trainer, and now one of my closest friends, Nupur Shikhare. It was only after I started working out with him that everything became really interesting for me because otherwise I used to find different ways to not go to the gym.

When Popeye (Nupur Shikhare's nickname) and I started working out together outdoors, each day brought a new and diverse routine focused on calisthenics and bodyweight training. He taught me skills like handstands and handstands, revealing abilities I didn't know I had. While my initial goal was not to bulk up, I noticed positive changes in my physique over time, gaining more volume and shape.

Unlike most actors, I wasn't pressured to change my body for roles, so this transformation was purely personal. I found joy and energy in these workouts, even on days when I felt less motivated. Taking just 15 to 20 minutes for a quick session with Popeye made a significant difference, increasing my dopamine levels and improving my flow of creative energy.

Overall, exercising has become a vital part of my routine, benefiting not only my appearance but also my overall well-being.

Having done such an interesting voice character, can you give us a preview of any other interesting projects or collaborations you have in the works?

Actually, quite a few, and I make it sound like, oh my gosh, there are so many, but there are a couple of things I'd love to talk about that are in the process of being released, and we're not ready to talk about them yet. So I don't think I can mention it. But the only thing I can talk about, or just share, is that I will soon start working on my first summer movie. Oh, wow. So that's new. I haven't started working yet. But hey, that's new. That's something we're looking forward to.

Everyone knows your love for authentic Maharashtrian cuisine, is there any favorite dish or guilty pleasure you can share?

The foodie in me loves everything, but there is a special place in my heart reserved for Poha! As far as guilty pleasure goes, poha is a healthy and hearty meal for any time of the day.

We've watched your videos with your grandparents, parents and cousins ​​and the interesting thing is that you all have such glowing skin, any family skincare secrets you can tell us?

There is no secret, I follow a simple skincare routine and in perspective with my family, I feel that laughing often seems to be the key. Amid all the philosophical and spiritual musings, a simple truth emerges: the ability to smile through life's trials. This wisdom, unintentionally imparted by my grandmother, is profound. Despite the hardships she has faced, she remains a beacon of hope and positivity.