Issa Rae Is Officially the New Voice of Google Assistant

Issa Rae is Google Assistant's second celebrity voice cameo

In May of 2018, Google promised that the Google Assistant's voice will soon be available in the singer-songwriter John Legend's silky voice.

The award-winning actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator has now been added to the growing list of celebrity cameos available on Google Assistant.

All other responses will continue to be in one of the original Google Assistant voices.

Ever wanted to ask Issa Rae a question or two? Just say, "Hey Google, talk like Issa".

When the command isn't quite as typical, you'll hear responses in a standard Google Assistant voice.

Rae's voice is available to answer your questions for a limited time in English in the United States on any device with Google Assistant - smart speakers like the Google Home, smart displays like the Google Home Hub and smartphones. And, exactly like John Legend, this limited-time feature will only be available in the US.


Google leverages DeepMind's WaveNet speech synthesis mode to create realistic-sounding voices without having to record hundreds of pages of dialogue and prompts.

When she was first approached previous year by Google about the project, she said, "I was like, 'What?"

What can Issa Rae's cameo voice do?

"I don't know, because I guess it'll be less insane if I'm talking to myself and I respond, or maybe more insane", she says. You can ask "Issa" to help you out with the daily weather forecast or have "her" tell you a secret, a joke, as well as boost your morale with a pep talk or inspirational quote. "Google is huge, and I had never done anything like this".

She can even provide a motivational message of encouragement, such as when you ask "How do I look?" There are also a few Easter eggs with Rae's cameo, such as when you ask, "Hey Google, do you have any dating advice?" or "Hey Google, are you a writer?"

Rae is the second celebrity to make a cameo appearance on Google Assistant. Said Rae, "I am a big pumper-upper".

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