The Last of Us Part II’s Dina Wholesomely Reacts to Seeing Herself in the Game

Dina from The Last of Us Part 2's face model becomes completely overwhelmed by witnessing herself in the game.

By Rachael Fiddis

August 26, 2020

I can only imagine how strange it would be to see yourself in a game, besides the fact that you’re not just in any game but in one of the biggest titles of all time, The Last of Us Part 2. We know that Shannon Woodward voices the character of Dina from the post-apocalyptic title but we don’t know a lot about the person who face modeled for the role. Cascina Caradonna is an actress and has her very own YouTube channel where she records different aspects of her day and also a side measure of gaming videos. However, after seeing herself for the very first time in The Last of Us Part 2, Cascina couldn’t keep in how overwhelming it all was for her.

Two months ago, Cascina posted some gameplay recordings of her first time playing through the original The Last of Us, gaining over two million views on one of the videos in the process. Fast-forwarding a few months later and Cascina is finally back again to play The Last of Us Part 2 at the request of her fans. She states that she’s been waiting and holding off on getting stuck into the game because she was nervous and excited but felt that the time has now come to just do it. Before starting the game, Casina shows off her The Last of Us Part 2 phone case with her face splashed all over it which is probably another really weird thing for her but also a huge achievement.

Settling into the title and playing for a little while, the moment finally comes where Cascina sees herself as Ellie walks up to Dina prior to a fun snowball fight with the settlement’s kids. Upon witnessing herself, the moment becomes too overwhelming for her and begins to cry. Pausing the game, Cascina says through tears that “I’m sorry, this is really weird for me. I’ve never actually seen myself on TV before”. She continues to say that she has seen the trailer so many times and she thought she’d be fine but the fact of seeing herself in the actual game was really jarring. Even though she tries to compose herself and carry on with the game, Cascina still couldn’t get over the fact that this was her – in a Naughty Dog title.

It’s a really wholesome and lovely moment to witness for Cascina and I’m glad that we could all watch her utter confusion and overwhelming experience mixed in with pure delight. This is her first video in her The Last of Us Part 2 playthrough and I cant wait to see how she reacts to the games more tense and emotional moments. You can catch the entire video above and to stay up to date with Cascina’s next playthrough installment, head over and subscribe to her YouTube channel.

For more post-apocalyptic news, check out this The Last of Us Part 2 fan art poster showcasing Ellie’s evolution, Ashley Johnson mimicking Joel, or this amazing mural of Abby from The Last of Us Part 2 appropriately painted beside a gym. If you happened to think you were imagining hearing director/writer Neil Druckmann and co-writer Halley Gross chatting over the radio as two WLF members towards the end of the game with Abby, you weren’t wrong. Apparently Druckmann and Gross lent their voices for this particular scene and for someone who thought they knew all the in’s and out’s of Part 2, I completely missed this!

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The Last of Us Part 2 is available now exclusively on PS4 (and soon to be PS5). The game was one of DualShockers’ favorites of 2020; make sure to check out the official DualShockers (generally spoiler-free) review. Also, feel free to grab the game physically on Amazon to help support the site.

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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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