Lilly Singh agrees Bad Guys’ Mr. Wolf is pretty hot
With The villains in theaters, we can finally say what many Internet users think: Yes, Mr. Wolf is hot. The charismatic thief leads a gang of criminals made up of dangerous animals, and there’s something about his swagger that matches other animated dog crushes like zootopiais Nick Wilde and Robin Hood, the leader of Disney’s outlaws. Luckily, comedian and YouTuber Lilly Singh agrees with that.
“Mr. Wolf is kind of a dad, I see him now,” Singh told Polygon. “I never thought about it. But would I slip into the DMs? I think I would? I think I would. So I think Mr. Wolf is pretty sexy. I think animals have the swag of someone I think is stealing. So yes, I see all of that. I’m not mad at the internet for this one.
And as someone intimately familiar with the inner workings of internet fandom, Singh’s sentiments about ever-changing online tastes have years of experience to back them up. Singh, who voices journalist Tiffany Fluffit in The villains (one of the few humans in the mostly animal cast), debuted on YouTube in 2010, creating parody skits and comedy skits. In 2016, she was third on Forbes’ list of highest paid YouTubers. Her career took off from there and she headlined an NBC talk show from 2019 to 2021.
The villains isn’t Singh’s first film or voice-over role – she previously voiced tiny unicorns in The Ice Age: Collision Course and a deer in Sky Cinema Riverdance: The Animated Adventure. But she’s still getting used to the stark contrast between creating content for the internet and voiceover for a movie. On the one hand, she says it’s fun to see all the separate pieces she does for a project come together in someone else’s finished work, especially when she’s so used to recording on her own. But she’s still struggling with the wait to see that finished product.
“I shot a massive project that took three days to shoot and now my editors are editing it, and it’s coming out in the next two days,” she explains. “I can do something in a day or a week, then I get instant feedback. I did the voice over for this movie [The Bad Guys] for three years, and it’s coming out now. So I think the patience of having to learn this new process has been really difficult for me, but it’s a good skill to have.
The YouTube space has changed dramatically in the 12 years since Singh posted his first video. These days, creators and influencers are everywhere, saturating social media. It’s easy to forget that once upon a time, just over a decade ago, making a living with YouTube was a completely new idea. Singh is thrilled to see how much YouTube has transformed.
“I think now it’s a lot more undeniable,” she said. “When I started in 2010, a lot of people, including my friends and family, were like, What are you doing? Are you making money? How can you? How can you make a living? Even I questioned all that.
“I think now the digital space is something whose power you can’t deny, you can’t deny its longevity, you can’t deny its influence. I think now people are really taking this space seriously and know it’s a business. When I started, of course, it was someone creating and expressing themselves, but people didn’t really consider it a business. Now, without a doubt, you can saying that people who create online are business owners and inevitably have businesses, so that makes me very happy.
As for her voiceover career, Singh is thrilled to be a part of The villains, which she says is unlike anything she’s seen before in animation: an action-packed heist that could disrupt the talking animals canon. And if she ever gets the chance to voice an animal of her choice down the line, Singh has some thoughts.
“I feel like an animal in tune with [being] misinterpreted would be a lion,” she laughs. “I also think I would make a pretty cool lion. It’s a completely selfish answer. I just want to be a lion.
The villains is in theaters now.