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... Brittany Daniel
STEPPIN' OUT April 18, 2001
Interview of the week A Great Reason To Go See Joe Dirt... Brittany Daniel by ChauncÚ Hayden
On March 17, 1976, blond haired, blue-eyed Brittany was born to parents C.B. and Carolyn Daniel, five minutes before her twin sister Cynthia. Along with Cynthia and their older brother Brad, Brittany grew up in the small Florida town of Gainesville. When asked about her parents, Brittany once replied, "My parents were strict Catholics and raised us in a pretty conventional way. It helped us balance our lives especially when we decided to go into acting."
An aspiring actress and model from an early age, Brittany began modeling while still in high school. She, along with Cynthia, appeared in such magazines as Teen, Seventeen, Sassy and YM. The Doublemint twin then went on to forward her rising career by appearing on Burke's Law, The New Leave It To Beaver and Swan's Crossing. Brittany's first major motion picture role was appearing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Basketball Diaries. Although her role was small, her performance did catch the attention of a lot of people. Along with her sister, Brittany won the Youth in Film Award for Best Actress in a Teen Series as Jessica Wakefield on Sweet Valley High. Brittany played Jessica Wakefield for four seasons before Sweet Valley High went off the air.
You also might remember Brittany in several episodes of the WB smash hit Dawson's Creek as Eve, an older woman intent on breaking some hearts and stirring up as much trouble as she can get away with.
Daniel can currently be seen opposite David Spade and Kid Rock in the box office hit "Joe Dirt."
The following is an upclose and personal chat with one of Hollywood's most beautiful stars...Brittany Daniel.
ChauncÚ Hayden: How often do people say to you, "So what is it like to have a twin sister?" Brittany Daniel: Um ... in interviews all the time! Most people's favorite question is, "Do we have psychic powers?" But I don't mind, really. Most people are really curious to know what she's up to now, because we worked together on that television show, Sweet Valley High.
Is she still acting? No, she's a photographer now.
Are you both competitive with each other? There's that natural competition thing that goes on between siblings. But we're both really supportive of each other. Plus it's nice now that we're not in direct competition career-wise. I would say more than anyone, she is my number one fan. I mean, there's enough competition in this business. It's just nice that my sister and I are not in competition.
How often do people think your sister is you? It happens. Sometimes she'll just say, "No, you've got the wrong one." But if the person is really excited, she'll just pretend it's me and sign an autograph.
Did you know there's a Web site that has you listed as the sexiest woman in Hollywood? (Laughs) That is so wild! I mean, I don't really care about being the sexiest woman in Hollywood, but it's nice to know that people are taking notice of me. Plus, I hope that means a lot of people will see Joe Dirt.
Speaking of which, Joe Dirt, starring David Spade, yourself, and Kid Rock, comes out this week. Have you seen the movie yet, and if so, what do you think? I have seen the movie. I think it's hilarious. I also think it's going to do really well because it has such a great cast. Dennis Miller and Christopher Walken are also in it. If they promote it properly, it should do very well.
Often when a actress gets to play the romantic lead in a film, it's opposite people like Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, Brad Pitt, or Johnny Depp. However, you were lucky enough to get stuck with David Spade. (Laughs) Well, I don't like to think that I got stuck with David! I was thrilled to work with him. I love to do comedies, and I would love to do more romantic comedies. So to get stuck with David Spade wasn't too bad.
If you could pick who you could star in a film with, who would you choose? I would love to work with Shirley MacLaine. I think she's such a brilliant actress. She's so great in comedies. I also think Jack Nicholson is pretty amazing too. There's a number of people I'd love to work with. I also think Julia Roberts is pretty amazing too. She's so talented.
Do you miss Dawson's Creek? I miss working down in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was so much fun! It reminded me so much of my home town in Florida. I miss working on something that I love so much all week, then just letting loose on the weekends. But, there are also bigger and better things to move on to, so I don't miss it too much. I'm still very close to all those people down there.
Last month you appeared on the cover of Stuff magazine. Did it change your life? It didn't really change my life. But it did change my career. It's opened up a lot of opportunities for me. However, I was a little fearful about being in a magazine like that.
Really? Why? Because that kind of magazine doesn't really represent who I am. I don't really dress like that, and plus when you appear in a magazine like that, it looks like you're just trying to get your face out there.
Isn't that the whole point of doing the cover of a magazine, to get your face out there? Well, there are a lot of girls who star on television shows where they play the sweet and innocent girl, and they want to vamp up their image a bit and come across more sexually. But for me it's the opposite. So I was a little nervous about doing that cover. I don't want to do just the temptress-type roles.
So then why agree to do the cover of the magazine? Because it's geared to teenage and college boys, and I want to do whatever it takes to promote the movie. So that's why I did it. But in the end, I was really happy with the way the cover turned out. I was afraid it would be too sexy, but I think it came out both sexy and classy.
I guess there's no chance of seeing you in Playboy anytime soon. No chance. Absolutely no chance.
You also worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in Basketball Diaries. A lot of guys don't like him. Why is that? My guess is that he's extremely successful and women love him and he's a prettyboy. So he has three strikes against him. I think guys are just jealous of him.
He has life way too good. Exactly, guys are just envious.
You made out with DiCaprio in the film. For all the women who will never get to swap spit with him, what was it like? (Laughs) It was so many years ago! Thank goodness I knew him as a buddy before that film or I would have been very nervous. But from what I remember, he was a very good kisser.
You were raised in Florida and now you live in L.A.. Now that you've spent a few days in New York, how does it compare to what you're used to? I lived in New York for seven months when I was 16. Initially, it was such a shock to me. I would smile and say hi to everybody and all my friends in New York would say, "You cannot just go up to people and say hi to everyone. They're going to think you're a freak!" But this time around I really like it. I like how direct and honest people are. In California, you get a lot of people who are a little fake. But here you get the honest truth.
So is promoting a film that you're starring in glamorous? No! It's been very exhausting! I've done so many interviews that I'm just exhausted. But I'm glad to be able to put the word out there.
Now you made me feel bad, because I know I'm asking you questions you've been asked a million times over. No! It's okay, because there are certain questions that you do need to ask. I understand. But out of everybody thus far, you've asked me the most interesting questions.
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