It turns out that the voice actor behind Zelda in both Breath of the Wild and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom didn’t even know she was auditioning for the character.
To say Nintendo is secretive is like saying you need air to breathe: the two come hand in hand. Obviously that’s especially been the case with Tears of the Kingdom, a game that only really had proper trailers this year, just a few months before it came out. So it shouldn’t be all that surprising to hear that Zelda’s voice actor herself, Patricia Summersett, was not told that the character she was auditioning for was in fact the princess of Hyrule.
In an interview with IGN, Summersett spoke about her role as Zelda, and how she ended up with it in the first place. Unsurprisingly, she wasn’t told all that much about it prior to her audition. “It just looked like an RPG fantasy,” Summersett shared. “I didn’t have any other information than that it was for a princess character who had a lot of weight on her shoulders.”