UKHS – Hello Danielle, thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS. How did you get into acting and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?
DL – Thank you for having me! I started acting at 14, doing small indie films in New York, and started to branch out from there to other states. I danced for many of my earlier years, so transitioning from stage into film wasn’t too far off. What I enjoy about the horror genre is the ability to take an emotional and physical roller-coaster for the character. Horror tends to be on the heightened side of fear and emotions, which can be really fun for an actor to delve into.
UKHS – Congratulations on your 58 acting credits on IMDb this is amazing, well done! What’s been your favourite role so far and why?
DL – Aw Thanks! Its been a bumpy but love filled ride!! My favorite role to this day still has to be ‘Legion’
. It was just an amazing process, from the audition, to fittings, make-up testing, to filming. Just being able to work alongside Dennis Quaid and Paul Bettany was a life achievement for me. As an actor, being able to play something so far from yourself can be challenging, but so rewarding. I had no idea at the time I was capable of playing something so out of the ordinary, and being able to surprise myself like that has been a great experience.
UKHS – You are working with the fantastic director Dean Whitney on his new short film, ‘Aberrant’. Can you please tell us how you got the role of Leslie and a little about your character and the story?
DL – Dean actually had me audition for one of his films late last year. Once I had seen that he was casting this, I wanted to send my interest in auditioning for ‘Aberrant’. I was really looking to work with Dean and Undaunted Films, and I am so glad this chance has arrived. The story is about a couple fighting for their life in a worldwide pandemic, where out of no where in a abandoned house they come across a renegade vampire. It has such a cool approach that hasn’t been done before, and Dean has some great visions for this film. I feel like it’s going to be a great collaboration for everyone involved.
UKHS – You worked on the TV Series,’Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ playing a Hero Student. Can you tell us a little about your experience working on the show and are you a fan of the ‘Terminator’ films?
DL – After getting the call for this project from my agent, I was so excited to work with David Nutter. I have seen the
Terminator films previously, but I had no idea as what to expect once I was on set. I had no clue there was going to be buses flipping over, glass shattering, and guns everywhere. I was so blown away. My desk in the show was meant to blow up, so they literally had it rigged. I was told by one of the stunt guys, how to fall out and how long I had to get out of my desk. I believe they had more sweat on their brow than I did. After the whole episode was shot, I kind of had one of those moments where I realized I could of had my face blown off. It was so worth it.
UKHS – Congratulations on the DVD release of ‘Misogynist’ which I believe is out in the USA in March. The film as been described by its director as “the antidote to all the Fifty Shades of Grey-mania”. How true is this and what can fans expect from the film and your role as April?
DL – I have yet to see ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, so I am going on what I have only read in articles. ‘Misogynist’ is all about getting respect from woman, so I can see that “Fifty Shades” reference. I do feel it’s pretty on point, although it’s a lot grittier in terms of what the characters are individually going through. ‘Misogynist’ is very controversial. The views relayed in this film are not going to agree with everyone, but I enjoyed that side of film. I always look for films that either cause controversy or compels you to feel for the characters. After reading the script for ‘Misogynist’ I knew this one was going to be different, and didn’t really know how people were going to react. As for my character she goes through hell, but she is a fighter, so don’t doubt her strength.
DL – I do have some films working their way to being released! One of the films I did, that screened at Comikaze last year, was ‘The Murders of Brandywine Theatre’. It was produced by the Lord of the Rings executive Producers Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming, so this project is a killer. We had such an amazing cast involved including Dian Bachar (BASEketball), Dallas Page, Martin Klebba and it was directed by Larry Longstreth. Set in America’s heartland a depressed ventriloquist Henry (Bachar), finally comes out of this shell when Moxxy (Les Claypool) begins speaking up for him. I loved making this film, and I am so excited to see it being released soon.
I just finished ‘The Rift’ in January, which was an awesome paranormal horror short film. I am a huge fan of the paranormal so this film for me was amazing to do. They are currently releasing a trailer soon for the film, and will be hitting film festivals.
I also have another film hitting the film festival market, ‘Broken Memories’ which I worked alongside Rance Howard (Nebraska) and Ivan Sergei (Twisted on ABC). It is just a heartfelt southern drama that I am very excited about. It deals with the effects of Alzheimer’s and how the family copes with this disease. This film really pulls at your heart strings in all the good ways.
DL – I would probably bring a pot, a knife, and a blanket. I could distil water, hunt for food, cook the food, and stay warm.
UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror film?
DL – A great script, a great director and some blood. I feel a good horror film can’t be made with out any of these to really make an impact in the horror genre.
UKHS – Finally, what are your greatest strengths as an actress and what would be your dream role?
DL – I believe my greatest strength as an actress is my drive. I have no clue who this came from, but I have a tremendous amount of self motivation and drive. It’s what pushed me this far. I did have my parents helping me get into New York, but I had to be the one to get the audition. I had to do the mailings, I had to do the emails. I wouldn’t be where I am today If I didn’t have the drive to be here. Acting was the only thing (and still is) I can see myself doing for the rest of my life. My dream role would be to play a real person, adapt to their mannerisms or their speech.
I would love to play someone like Judy Garland. I have also said before, I would love to do a Natural Disaster movie. I am obsessed with things like that and would love to play against something of that nature. Who knows? Twister 2? Just kidding…
UKHS – Thanks again for your time and keep up the great work!
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