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Monica Jean Rial (born in Houston, Texas) is an American voice actress, ADR director, and scriptwriter who works for Funimation and ADV Films.

Biography[]

Monica Jean Rial was born on October 5, 1975, in Houston, Texas. When she was young, her family would often visit Spain. She would translate for her younger brother some of the European Spanish-dubbed cartoons, which included anime shows Doraemon and Dragon Ball Z, often imitating the various characters. Rial studied ballet, tap, and jazz, but transitioned to musical theater when she was 12. She studied acting through high school as well as college at the University of Houston. In an interview with Otaku News, Rial mentioned voice actor inspirations from The Simpsons, Family Guy and Beavis and Butt-head.

Her first voice-over role was some walla in the 1999 dub of Martian Successor Nadesico. In an interview with Otaku News, Rial said she had to talk for two minutes straight as folks in a crowd telling the Jovians to go home. She would later land main character roles as Miharu in Gasaraki, Natsume in Generator Gawl, and Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty's Animation Theater, the last of which was one of ADV's best-selling DVDs. In 2001, she voiced Izumi in the baseball anime Princess Nine and in 2002, she got to voice Hyatt in Excel Saga, which she listed among her absolute favorites.

In 2009, Rial began voicing Bulma in Dragon Ball Z KaiDragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super replacing Tiffany Vollmer since 2010, Oracle Fish in Battle of Gods, and casted as the same roles in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ as well as Coco in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming

She is also a writer for Funimation and ADV Films, and usually writes under the pen names Dorothy Garrett and Lisa Blanchard.

Personal life[]

Monica's father, Manuel Ray, is from Spain and she has two other siblings, Miguel Angel (born March 1, 1984) and Natalie Michele (born January 29, 1996), who the latter is also a voice actress as her. Her mother, Donna Boyd Jean Rial, passed away from cancer on February 29, 2024.

She is engaged to Dallas-based real estate agent, Ron Toye III. Rial formerly dated Illich Guardiola in the 1990s.

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