Actress Ashley Johnson was interviewed on New York Live to talk about her extremely successful FBI drama Blindspot. But the actor was also asked about her other well-known role as a player in Critical Role. When asked how this all began, Johnson stated:
“We had been playing Dungeons and Dragons privately together for a long time. And we got approached to start streaming Dungeons and Dragons. A lot of people have tried it, it’s hard because it’s long-form. And it’s hard to keep people interested for that long. But we found a formula that seems to work. And every Thursday night we stream it.”
Johnson played the character of Pike Trickfoot during Campaign One, a gnome cleric. For the second Campaign, which began in January 2018, she took up the role of aasimar barbarian Yasha. Johnson is not always present at the table due to filming Blindspot in New York City, while Critical Role is streamed from Los Angeles. When asked about how often she plays she said:
“Most of the time I’m not there because I’m here. But sometimes I’ll skype in.”
Critical Role has been met with massive success since it was first streamed in 2015.
It’s crazy. Every day we are still completely shocked.”
Ashley Johnson is beloved by fans of Critical Role, even though she is not at the table as often as the other players. She recently became engaged to Brian W. Foster. Foster is the host of Talks Machina, the weekly talk show about each episode of Critical Role. He also recently became the host of a Critical Role spinoff called Between the Sheets, where he interviews the players on what got them into Dungeons and Dragons and into voice acting. Ashley Johnson has not yet had her personal interview with Foster, but when asked on New York Live about the game, she stated:
“I didn’t realize how much I needed Dungeons and Dragons in my life until I started playing.”
Ashley is the author of the Thread of Souls book series, an avid traveler, and a Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast!