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Anjali Bhimani Talks Ms. Marvel, Critical Role, & New Book (EXCLUSIVE)

Anjali Bhimani Talks Ms. Marvel, Critical Role, & New Book

Anjali Bhimani has done it all in her wonderful career, from television to video games. She most recently appeared in the MCU as Auntie Ruby in Ms. Marvel. Anjali has also been very involved in the world of Critical Role and other tabletop RPG shows. I recently had the chance to speak with Anjali about her incredible career and what it’s like to be a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Critical Role and TTRPG

After recognizing that I was wearing a Critical Role shirt (completely intentional), we started talking about how Anjali got involved with Critical Role:

“I met Matt (Mercer) and Marisha (Ray) at the first cast gathering we had at Blizzard the year that Overwatch came out, so that was 2016. During that visit, we ended up talking a lot about our love for D&D and roleplaying games.” – Anjali Bhimani

This led to Anjali getting involved in the Critical Role series UnDeadwood, Narrative Telephone, and Exandria Unlimited. She also appeared in their animated series The Legend of Vox Machina, which is streaming on Prime Video.

Travis Willingham and Anjali Bhimani in "Undeadwood"
Travis Willingham and Anjali Bhimani in “Undeadwood”

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Ms. Marvel and the State of the MCU

While talking about her television career (a favorite of hers being Kevin Probably Saves the World), we had to get into talking about Ms. Marvel and what it was like being cast on that show:

“Once we got into shooting, I was very grateful for the fact that they let me do what I thought was right for the character. It felt like they cast the people they wanted to cast because they were like the people they wanted to see.” – Anjali Bhimani

Anjali Bhimani (right) as Auntie Ruby in "Ms. Marvel"
Anjali Bhimani (right) as Auntie Ruby in “Ms. Marvel”

During our conversation, I wanted to get Anjali’s opinion on the backlash that shows like Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law have received online. Here’s some of what she had to say about that, referencing a Native American folk tale:

“One wolf is kind and one wolf is angry and resentful. The child asks “Which wolf will win?” The grandfather answers, “The wolf you feed.” If you don’t like it and it’s not for you, then it’s not for you.” – Anjali Bhimani

I Am Fun Size, And So Are You!

To end our wonderful conversation, Anjali talked about her first book that was released at the end of September! Here’s what she had to say about it:

“I don’t like traditional “self-help”, because it’s not self-help, I’m reading a book so it’s not helping myself. I think it’s all very prescriptive, and this is more like talking to a friend. I hope that people feel it’s more like talking to a friend.” – Anjali Bhimani

Anjali Bhimani and her new book "I'm Fun Size, And So Are You!"
Anjali Bhimani and her new book “I’m Fun Size, And So Are You!”

Anjali also provided the narration for the audiobook as well, so make sure to check that out as well!

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Written by Elliott Wishnefsky

Elliott Wishnefsky is an Entertainment Writer & Critic for FandomWire. He's a graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Elliott is also a content creator for his own brand, Learning at the Movies! Twitter: @Learning_Movies | Facebook/Instagram: @learningatthemovies | TikTok: @learningatthemovies