Resident Evil’s Lady Dimitrescu could return. Actress Maggie Robertson, who performed the voice and motion capture for the Internet’s favorite tall vampire lady said she’d be “more than happy to play her forever.”
Warning: this post contains material that would most likely be considered spoilers for Resident Evil: Village. Proceed at your own caution.
In an interview with Hirun Cryer for Fanbyte, Robertson said that she has “no idea” if that would be possible, but she would absolutely return for the role if Capcom asked. “I’m interested in what she was like in the first place, before all this, and what caused her to want to become a mom,” said Robertson. “Also what the creation process itself was like for the daughters.”
In Resident Evil: Village, the player as Ethan Winters battles Dimitrescu’s three daughters — Bela, Cassandra and Daniela — learning along the way that they’re created by Lady D herself through horrific experiments. “You get a little bit of that in a journal entry but I wanted more.” muses Roberston.
While actors love entertaining the idea of doing more with a character they love, even when it seems unfeasible, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. There’s a chance that Lady Dimitrescu could return if Capcom chose to expand upon the backstories of the villains of Resident Evil: Village much as they did the intimidating Baker family in story-based DLC for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Thanks to the global recognition of Resident Evil — as well as the massive online reaction to the character of Lady Dimitrescu — the role has changed Robertson’s life. She says she has been “constantly inspired” by fans. “This character will be with me for the rest of my life,” she says, “and to hear from fans about how Lady D has inspired them or made a difference in their lives or helped them get out of bed that morning, all that is so, so special and something that I don’t take for granted.”
Robertson says Capcom deserves all the credit “for making [Lady Dimitrescu] the fabulous woman she is today,” though she takes some well-earned credit for the idea of looking up from under the brim of her hat at the player. This gesture became one of the character’s signature affectations.
The positive experience and positive reaction to her role in Resident Evil means that Robertson’s interest in video game-based roles and performance capture. “[It] only just feels like I’ve really found the pocket of what I’m meant to be doing over the course of this game […] it feels like I’ve found my niche and my community.”
Resident Evil: Village is available on Xbox consoles and Windows 10 PCs via the Microsoft Store. It can also be purchased on Steam for PC and on PlayStation, as well as playable on Google Stadia.