Veronica Taylor

Kathleen McInerney, professionally known as Veronica Taylor, is an American voice actress who worked on the English-language dub of the Pokémon anime by 4Kids Entertainment. She is currently affiliated with Innovative Artists.

Veronica Taylor


Taylor began acting in school plays when she was five years old. Wanting to take her acting skills further, she went to The Catholic University of America, where she participated in plays and acting workshops and continued to build on her acting skills at Brandeis University. She has also trained in voice acting and singing. Her first anime job came when her acting coach recommended her to the director. With reference to the interview with Taylor on YouTube, she appears to be embarrassed to voice Ash in public or in front of the camera, by covering her mouth when doing Ash's voice. She also revealed that she had to deepen her voice and do warm-ups and cool-downs in the process of voicing Ash in 4Kids. She can also be heard narrating audiobooks for authors like Judy Blume, Mary Kay Andrews, Danielle Steel, and Wendy Mass.

Taylor, as well as Maddie Blaustein, Rachael Lillis, Jim Malone, and Norman Grossfeld, among others, did a commentary for Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. During this, Taylor revealed that she was embarrassed to do the voice of a male character, yet she was delighted to be a part of such a successful show.

In the anime, Taylor voiced two of the main characters, Ash and May, and various other roles until the end of the eighth season, when Pokémon USA and TAJ Productions took over the dubbing and distribution of the anime. Her main roles were taken over by Sarah Natochenny (Ash and Delia) and Michele Knotz (May). She has not returned to provide voices in the anime since.

In the video "Pokémon Original English Main Cast (4Kids) Panel", Rachael Lillis reveals that Taylor was pregnant while they originally started recording for the English Dub in May 1998. She has a daughter named Rena.

In 2023, Taylor and her daughter Rena started a Podcast series called The Trainer's Guide where they rewatch and share memories and behind-the-scenes stories about Taylor's time working on the first season of Pokémon.

Pokémon roles





Musical appearances

Video games

Other non-Pokémon roles


  • Taylor is one of the few 4Kids voice actors that did not leave the series before TPCi's takeover to leave the series permanently.
  • Taylor was interviewed in the special 10th anniversary issue of Beckett Pokémon Unofficial Collector.
  • Taylor's favorite Pokémon is Pikachu.[2]
  • On the Adventures in Voice Acting DVD, Taylor stated that after recording her lines as Ash for the pilot, she was fired, saying that 4Kids wanted to hire a child instead. The idea was apparently rejected, since Taylor was rehired as Ash.
  • Sentret's voice is the unique combination of Veronica's voice and her daughter's voice.
  • In 2011, both Taylor and Wayne Grayson would work together on Chuck Vanderchuck's Something Something Explosion exclusively for PBS Kids Go!. Grayson voices Chuck while Taylor voices Romona. Three years later, they would collaborate again. This time, it was Astroblast for Sprout and NBC. Taylor voices Sputnik while Grayson voices Comet.

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  This article is part of Project VA, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each voice actor of the Pokémon anime.