Raphael Sbarge, the voice actor for Mass Effect character Kaidan Alenko, talks about his enjoyment of how his character is written, especially with respect to Kaidan's relationship with femShep. "Some of the best writing for Kaidan, for all three of the games, is coming up in Mass Effect 3, which is steamy."
As an actor, do you enjoy Kaidan’s character over the arc of Mass Effect?
Absolutely. The thing that I love about Kaidan – and I’ve done quite a few video games – but the thing that I love about him so much, is what a complex guy he is, and that he’s not just sort of a bad-ass freedom fighter out there in the universe, fighting geth and trying to just shoot and kill whatever comes out. You sense – and clearly, obviously now, I’m seeing a theme – this is a guy who’s got a conscience, and this is a man who is really intent on doing the right thing and has also – and again, this is the writing – has a very tender side to him. Has a sensitivity, despite the fact that he’s got a tremendous strength and a power, and he’s loyal. He’s strong. And he has clearly a soft side and a heart.
His relationship with Shepard, the female Shepard – the writing is just wonderful. Some of the best writing for Kaidan, for all three of the games, is coming up in Mass Effect 3, which is steamy. And thrilling to do. And, I mean, it’s sort of an actor’s dream to be able to have, in this case, a character that’s as rich as this is.
I mean, so many video games have just a lot of screaming in them. And this game is really much more nuanced. Much more like a film character or like a television character, where you get to kind of really bring depth, dimension and some heart to him. So, yeah, it’s been wonderful exploring him. Yesterday we were doing the last scene from Mass Effect for Kaidan, and we all got a little misty about it.