Sam Richardson and Glenn Howerton on ‘Velma’ and Character Origin Stories

Sam Richardson and Glenn Howerton voice the characters of Norville (aka Shaggy) and Fred on Velma. New episodes of the adult animated comedy series premiere Thursdays on HBO Max!

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VELMA tells the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. This original and humorous spin unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.

“When approached about this, I was so excited to get to reimagine, but also like, keep in step with the legacy of what Shaggy is and just the approach of having it be something new, but still something that connects to the original was a really fun sort of thing to get to do,” Richardson expressed to me.

“I mean, I grew up watching Scooby-Doo,” Howerton shared. “I’m sure I’ve seen every episode probably three or four times over the course of my life. I love the cartoon but I also love that they gave us freedom to really make it our own.”

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We discussed their approach to playing these iconic roles and which of their past characters they would like to do an animated origin story for. Watch my full interview here: