Lisa Simpson wasn't what Yeardley Smith thought her big break would be

When Yeardley Smith was offered the role of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, she could never have imagined that she'd be joining the longest-running television family ever.
Yeardley Smith is best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson. (Peter Hurley)

Originally published on March 8, 2019

When Yeardley Smith was offered the role of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, she could never have imagined that she'd be joining the longest-running television family ever. 

Smith has now been the voice of Lisa for 33 years, but she says that the role wasn't "how I wanted to take over the world."

Lisa Simpson in Season 22: Ep. 5 of The Simpsons. (FOX)

Today, she's made peace with the strange fact that she voices of one of the most popular characters of all time, but isn't all that well-recognized herself — and she isn't finished with her world domination. 

Smith co-hosts a true crime podcast called Small Town Dicks, which delves into chilling small town crimes. It returns for its fourth season on March 15. She joined q's Tom Power from Los Angeles to talk about the evolution of The Simpsons and what keeps her busy outside of Springfield.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation. 

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