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Hedy Burress (born Heather Burress, October 3, 1973 in Edwardsville, Illinois) is an American actress. She attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, before relocating to Los Angeles, California, in 1995. She has acted in many television programs and motion pictures since 1996. She also co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom ''Boston Common''.
Burress is known by video game players as the English voice actor of Yuna in the PlayStation 2 games ''Final Fantasy X'' and ''Final Fantasy X-2'' (more recently, Kingdom Hearts II as well). Her Yuna performance in ''Final Fantasy X'' is often criticized, as Burress made clear efforts to synchronize her dialogue with the movements of Yuna's CG lips, which were programmed to imitate the Japanese dialogue, not the English, leading to what some consider fragmented, stilted line deliveries. Several gamers believe that Burress did better in ''Final Fantasy X-2'' than she did in ''Final Fantasy X'', and believed that she took voice lessons between the two projects, although it may just be that Yuna's mouth movements were redone during the second game's localization, allowing Burress to deliver her lines more naturally.
Burress auditioned for the role of Dorothy Wheeler in the motion picture ''Valentine'', but that role was handed over to Jessica Capshaw. However, director Jamie Blanks still wanted Burress to star in the motion picture. During the meeting, they looked at each other in the eye and both said, "Ruthie", resulting in Burress playing as Ruthie Walker.