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When Susan Bennett recorded a series of voiceovers eight years ago for a client, she never thought her voice would become one of the most recognized in the world. It’s present in Apple commercials starring big names like Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson; it tells you the weather in the morning; it strikes back at Google Glass. We all recognize Bennett’s voice as Siri.
Apple has long been quiet about the individual behind its voice assistant, but Bennett recently came forward in an interview with CNN to detail the story behind the famous voice.
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“The Siri voices were recorded in 2005 in the month of July, four hours a day for the whole month,” Bennett told CNN. “When I recorded those voices, I had absolutely no idea where they would end up.”
Watch the full interview below:
It wasn’t until a friend purchased a new iPhone in 2011 — the first iteration to include the Siri voice — that Bennett discovered Apple had selected her voice.
“When I first discovered it was my voice … to be honest, it was a little creepy,” she said in the interview. “This little thing that you can interact with in your hands took awhile for me to get used to, but she and I are friends now.”
This isn’t the first time Bennett’s vice has given life to a famous machine. She was also the woman behind the first ATM machine, Tillie, and can be heard in airports nationwide for phrases such as “Thanks for using Delta airlines.”
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