Richard Horvitz is one of the funniest people you will ever meet. Fans will recognize his voice as Zim from “Invader Zim,” as Daggett from “The Angry Beavers,” as Billy from “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy” or as Alpha 5 from “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” He also appeared in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” with Steve Carrell and was featured in “The Informant!” with Matt Damon.
Horvitz will be at Florida Supercon in Miami. Don’t miss his Invader Zim Q&A with Rikki Simons on Friday or his solo Q&A on Saturday.Teenlink: How was your experience at DragonCon? What was the craziest thing you saw there?
Horvitz: It’s really interesting. I have a lot of fun. Rik was bitten by a fan. He was signing and said “Okay, that hurts. Stop biting.”
Teenlink: In Power Rangers, you played Alpha 5 (alfalfa). Was that you in the costume?
Horvitz: It was a short woman. If you look closely, you can see that she has hips. When she walks, her hips sway. That’s how we came up with “ay yi yi yi.”
Teenlink: You were also in Invader Zim. Let’s say you suddenly became Zim in real life and really wanted to enslave or destroy mankind, how would you go about executing your evil plan?
Horvitz: Through lots of candy and snacks. I’d get everyone hooked on candy and snacks. The first samples would be free.
Teenlink: Who or what would be your foil?
Horvitz: I’d have to go with Donald Trump because of his hair. That’s too scary for Zim. I think he’d look good in an afro. It would be an orange afro to match his hair.
Teenlink: You were also Daggett on the Angry Beavers. How do you feel about the resurgence of all these great 90’s shows on the 90’s Are All That on Nickelodeon?
Horvitz: I was wondering when they were gonna add that. Angry Beavers was actually a Nick show. Others like the Rugrats were just distributed by them. Angry Beavers was ahead of its time.
Teenlink: Angry Beavers had a brief stint on Nickelodeon but lost out to Rocko’s Modern Life. What do you have to say to that?
Horvitz: THERE’S NO ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE! I think it’s a conspiracy. That’s all I’m saying.
Teenlink: What was it like working on Crazy, Stupid, Love?
Horvitz: It was a lot of fun. I got that part because the directors were writers on Angry Beavers. They were on a plane in Paris watching “The Informant!” and said “We have to work with him again.”
Teenlink: In the Informant!, you played Matt Damon’s lawyer. Is he as dreamy in real life as he is on film?
Horvitz: He’s dreamier. The kitchiest.
Teenlink: How did it feel to step away from the super nerdy egomaniacs and into the role of someone normal for a change?
Horvitz: Those are the same things, aren’t they? The bulk of the work went into the beard I was growing. I had a hobo living in my beard. I didn’t have to worry about crumbs because he’d catch them all.
Teenlink: What are you most excited to see at Supercon?