Before finding fame in the music industry, Tinashe worked on a variety of film and television productions in the early 2000s. She has acted in films such as Masked and Anonymous and The Polar Express, as well as shows such as Rocket Power and Out of Jimmy’s Head. During this time, she lent her voice acting talents to “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” specifically the Season 3 (or Book 3) episode “The Headband.” Tinashe voiced the character On Ji: a student at a Fire Nation school who befriends Aang while going undercover there as an alleged new student named Kuzon (via IMDb).
Unfortunately for Tinashe, On Ji didn’t become a regular on Avatar outside of The Headband, which shortened her time on the program. It’s a shame considering how much Tinashe enjoys the voice acting, which she explained in a 2020 interview with Vulture. “I also loved being in cartoons and stuff because you just walk into the room; you can be yourself and literally turn it off in a matter of hours. I need to go back to voice acting,” she said after touching on her “Avatar” experience. She admitted it was just another gig for her back then, but looking back she’s glad she attended.
Tinashe didn’t have much to do on Avatar: The Last Airbender, though she did have notable success elsewhere in the entertainment arena in the years that followed.