Elizabeth Holmes’ deep voice captivates and confuses the internet

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, HBO’s new documentary on former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, debuted last night. There are a lot of head-scratchers in the Alex Gibney-helmed film—footage of Holmes and colleagues dancing rigidly to “U Can’t Touch This,” Bitcoin tie guy—and a lot of haunting closeups of Holmes’ blank face. But one thing that’s not addressed is her voice.

There’s long been a fascination with Holmes’ voice, and whether’s it’s real or just part of her scam. If one thing is clear from the doc, it’s that she got powerful men to trust her pitch for a new blood-testing technology without any real applicable science or proof that it worked. Did the voice do the heavy lifting? Was she really using “stupid man” voice? Was it more of a voice/unblinking eye combo?

Thankfully, Twitter is on it. The Holmes impressions came quick:

Others pointed out that she sounds a bit like Romy in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion:

Others had deeper observations about how we police women’s voices:

Damn, a Crash Test Dummies deep cut:

Raise your hand if you’ve definitely tried out the Elizabeth Holmes voice in the mirror.


Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.