This is Molly, a 23-year-old who currently lives in New York City. Molly recently blew up on TikTok after uploading a funny video imitating the voice that the MTA uses on its subways. You know the one, "Stand clear of the closing doors, please!"
Here's the original TikTok Molly uploaded impersonating the MTA voice on an elevator. It's just shy of half a million views.
"Two of my best friends, Talia and Ellie, filmed that elevator video. It was 2018, my senior fall at NYU Tisch at the time," Molly told BuzzFeed. "Between classes, I would usually do disruptive bits for my fellow students."
But then, by the power of the internet, something magical happened. The original voice actor who recorded NYC's subway stop announcements saw Molly's video!
"I'm delighted and honored that you would choose to imitate me. It made me laugh out loud! I've got seven words for you and your fantastic followers: Stand clear of the closing doors, please!"
"His son, Jake, DM'd me. It was the first thing I saw when I woke up, and my mouth literally dropped. I wrote him right back and then found his dad — Charlie's account. I started messaging Charlie and thought, 'you know what? I think we need some cold hard proof. My followers won’t believe me without the voice.' Within minutes of asking, I had a voice note from Charlie!"
"I was speechless. It felt like I was talking to the biggest celebrity, because in many ways Charlie is the biggest NYC celebrity. Every New Yorker or person who has graced the NYC subways has heard his voice. I’m still on the high of hearing him say my name!"
When asked how people were responding to her video, Molly said, "The reactions are amazing and hilarious. I have been getting a lot of comments from people saying that Charlie's voice memo made their day, that they feel safe hearing his voice, and that it makes them feel like they are back home in NYC. It's brought an overall sense of comfort beyond the laugh."
But — plot twist! — Molly's saga continued after her TikTok continued to get more exposure. The voice actor who announces platform arrivals and departures (aka Bernie Wagenblast) emailed Molly, sending a personalized voice note:
We really do love this wholesome New York moment Molly has gifted us! And remember...stand clear of the closing doors! PLEASE.
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