Why Do People Care That the Voice of Siri Went to Brown and Lives in Atlanta?
Two years ago today, Apple unleashed the voice of Siri onto the world. And it’s on this anniversary that we finally learned the human behind the voice who answers the myriad of questions iPhone users have, from travel directions, to restaurant locations to mock pleas for life advice.
The name of the real-life Siri is Susan C. Bennett, and she is “one of the busiest and most versatile voice-over artists/vocalists working today,” according to her personal website. And while there are a handful of things CNN tells us about Susan in their exhaustive article out today—she was once married to former NHL player Curt Bennett (she’s since remarried)—there are two facts that have many Twitter users hooked on Bennett’s backstory: She’s an alumna of Brown University, class of 1971, and she’s from Atlanta.
A sampling of the snarky and supportive reaction:
Siri graduated from Brown…
— Dave Scorpio (@dscorps) October 4, 2013
You can create your own voiceover major at Brown so it makes sense that the Siri woman went there.
— Johanna Cox (@johannacox) October 4, 2013
Of course Siri went to Brown.
— Brice Peterson (@mechathoth) October 4, 2013
Today i learned the voice of Siri went to Brown. I have high hopes for my future.
— Lindsey Taing (@littlelindss) October 4, 2013
Did you know: the voice of Siri is a Brown University grad
— Chris Mendes (@Cmendes_23) October 4, 2013
But Brown is taking pride in its graduate’s vocals:
We always thought the voice of Apple's Siri sounded a bit familiar.
— Brown University (@BrownUniversity) October 4, 2013
— Brown Engineering (@brownengin) October 4, 2013
And many are seriously bummed that she’s from Atlanta:
The real life Siri can't pronounce half the street names in Atlanta…and she lives there?!
— Elizabeth Crews (@libbycrews) October 4, 2013
The voice actress for Siri lives in Atlanta. Fun fact for the day.
— Will Cooper (@WCooper19) October 4, 2013
Now that we found out Siri is from Atlanta, I demand she say "Shawty".
— Bee (@BKisfromTX) October 4, 2013
While Bennett’s been the voice of Siri since October 2011 when Apple first released its iPhone 4s, she’s kept her identity private since the start of the job. “I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally,” she explains to CNN. “I wasn’t sure that I wanted that notoriety.”
In case you’re wondering, there are some sane Twitter users out there who have their priorities straight.