Scoop B: Sarah Natochenny voice of Pokémon’s Ash Ketchum says she wants to ‘stay and grow in animation’

Sarah Natochenny plays the role of Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum. Photo Credit: Kotaku

Actress Sarah Natochenny chats with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson about being the voice of Pokémon’s Ash Ketchum. Press Play Below To Listen! 

Sarah Natochenny has lent her voice to just about anything imaginable in the anime and video gaming world. You name it: Batman, Robin Hood, and Harry Potter, easily come to mind. 

BUT, Pokemon cartoon and video game enthuiasts most probably recognize her as the voice of Ash Ketchum, the main character in the Pokémon anime series.

For those tardy to the party: Ash always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master and has the ability to sense and control aura. Additionally, Ash Ketchum has the ability to understand the feelings of Pokémon because of the immense amount of time spent.

Pokemon has been on television for years and Natochenny has been featured on over 400 episodes of Pokémon as a voice over.

A quick fact: Natochenny started acting at age 12 after winning a bronze medal at the Junior Olympics for Rhythmic Gymnastics. She slid into the role of Ash Ketchum quite seamlessly.

“We do an episode or two per week,” Sarah Natochenny told me on Scoop B Radio.


“And it takes a couple of hours for me to record my parts. It sounds like a lot and looking back on it, it feels like a lot but it’s not that much work.”

Sarah Natochenny, voice of Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum. Photo Credit: Bulbapedia

Natochenny attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute’s Young Actors Program. She also studied straight and musical improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theatres in New York. While still being so young and having built a firm foundation, she’s also looking at the future.

“I want to do more comedy and I want to keep doing animation for sure,” she said.

“It’s not something that I’ve been actively pursuing for a long time, but I want to possibly a year from now, but I’ve been focusing on other parts of my career, but I want to stay and grow in animation for sure.”

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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit