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... Brittany Daniel 
The New York Times Upfront
May 14, 2001 , Vol. 133, No. 18 
UPFRONT: Is there any specific theater project you're thinking about?
BRITTANY: Well, I've never done theater before so I'm not even going 
to try to attempt to go out for the Number 1 Broadway play or anything. 
But I was thinking about maybe just trying to get into a small theatre 
company or something like that. I'm not even sure. I just got here, so . . .
UPFRONT: Have you been having fun here so far? 
BRITTANY: A blast. 
UPFRONT: Going out and stuff? 
BRITTANY: Well, I've been really busy with promotions and stuff so 
I've just kind of been swamped with that, but in the next couple days I'll 
have some free time, so it'll be good. 
UPFRONT: You've been in a couple of high school-themed shows. How
would you compare the media's portrayal of school, like on Dawson's 
Creek and Sweet Valley High, to real school? 
BRITTANY: I think each school is different, so it's so hard for me to say. 
UPFRONT: What about compared to your high school? You went to 
Gainesville High in Florida, right? 
BRITTANY: Yeah, I went to Gainesville High. I don't know, I think Sweet
Valley High, I think that definitely some of the things that we dealt with 
were things that I dealt with in high school. But I think some of it was
just kind of a spoof on high school too. You know, I think that my 
character, who was just so out there, just so full of herself and so, like
 no one would get away with that in high school. You know, I don't think
she'd be the most popular girl in school if she was so nasty to 
everybody. You know? So, I don't know, I think that most of the shows
make it a little more extreme than it is, like every situation for the 
drama or the comedy. I think that's definitely true in Sweet Valley High.
But that show's just to make you laugh. I remember watching Can't Buy
Me Love and Sixteen Candles and totally thinking that's the way that high
school was going to be, and it just wasn't. It was such a letdown, it was
never as cool, you know. But, Dawson's Creek, I have to say that show's
very realistic, I think. Even though they do write for a pretty mature 
and smart crowd, I think that it's good. I mean there were a lot of times
that I was working on that show that I was pulling out the old dictionary,
"What does that word mean?" Because they use such big vocabulary 
words. But kids are smart nowadays and I like that we don't talk down
to them. So, what if they have to look up a word here and there, you 
know if they're watching it. But, I think that show's very realistic. I love
the storyline right now between Joey and Pacey, and not everybody 
does. People are like, we want Dawson and Joey to be back together.
I love them. Do you love them? 
UPFRONT: I love Pacey and Joey together. 
BRITTANY: I love them together, they're so good, they're so real. I
just watch them and it's like, I kind of know them a little bit both, and 
it's like they don't even seem like they're acting, they're so natural. 
I just think they're great. I think their storylines are very realistic. 
I think that's why it's been such a successful show. I think kids totally
can relate to it. 
UPFRONT: When you were on Dawson's Creek a couple of seasons 
ago, they kind of implied that your character, Eve, might be Jen's 
sister. Is there any chance they'll be picking up that storyline 
again and you'll be back on the show? 
BRITTANY: I haven't heard of anything. It kind of surprises me 
because they did build it up to this kind of cliffhanger. But, no, I
haven't heard anything of what they're doing. It seems to me 
they're really focusing on the Joey-Pacey storyline. 
UPFRONT: So, what was your first day of high school like?
BRITTANY: Let's see . . . All I remember is being so unbelievably
excited to be in high school. Just because I was boy crazy when 
I was a girl. I was talking to my mom the other day, and I was 
like, "I can not even remember a time when I was not boy crazy."
Since I was in third grade I remember just loving boys. And I don't
know if because I have an older brother and I was just always 
around him and his friends, but I just remember being so excited
to be with like some older boys in high school. That's all I 
remember. Isn't that sad? That, and I just remember being so 
excited to join Alpha, the club. Do you know Alpha?
UPFRONT: No, we didn't have that in my school.
BRITTANY: Oh, well that was like the cool thing to do. And I was 
really excited to join the volleyball club too. 
UPFRONT: Were you on the team?
BRITTANY: Yeah, I was on the team. And I always kind of felt like 
I was a little older than my class. I always felt like I just wanted to
get out of school, and I wanted to act at that time, too, so I just 
wanted to get through it and go act, you know.
UPFRONT: What was it like to go from a small town like 
Gainesville, Florida, to being on television and movies? What 
was the transition like? 
BRITTANY: I just remember it being very smooth. Now that I look 
back in retrospect I think I was so lucky. Not that I was all high on
myself and I thought I totally deserved anything, I just, I didn't 
realize how hard it is to make it in this business and to be 
guaranteed 22 episodes right when I moved out to L.A. at 18. I had 
booked the show [Sweet Valley High] during my senior year of high 
school, during a pilot season. So, I came back, graduated, and then
flew back to L.A. a week-and-a-half after I graduated, and started 
working. So, it's like wow,I really had it made. And I had such a 
supportive group of people around me. I also didn't live right in L.A.,
I lived about half an hour outside of L.A., and that's where we shot.
So, I didn't do the Hollywood lifestyle at all for at least two years
or something. I really was focused on work. 
UPFRONT: So, what do you see in the future for yourself? 
Movies or TV? What can we look forward to? 
BRITTANY: Well, it's hard. Television's great because it's such 
stability. You know how many episodes you're going to do, you 
know for how long. And that's just kind of what I'm used to. I'm 
from a very normal family, and that's what's so tough about this
business, it's just a roller-coaster ride. There's no stability, and
that's the one thing that drives me crazy. So, but right now, 
because I have been given this opportunity to be, you know, 
lead girl, in this movie I feel like I should capitalize on it and 
really push to do more movies. There's just so much politics in 
the whole entertainment business. If you go back to doing television 
they say, "Oh, she couldn't make it in the movie world." You know, 
it's like, "Oh, now she's a TV actress." They completely label you 
for whatever you're working on for that moment. So since I'm doing
movies right now I feel like I should capitalize on that, and then I 
could one day go back to television. So, right now I'm focusing on
that, but I love television, it's been so good to me and I've had so 
much fun on it. So, in the near future, probably other movies. I'm 
also working on a show right now with my girlfriend, her name is 
Heather Pemble, she's kind of this up-and-coming producer. She's 
come up with this idea for a show that I'm helping her with. It's an 
interview-based show where we interview inspiring people. And not 
just actors, people that didn't take the straight and narrow route to 
their goal in life or their career. They didn't maybe necessarily have
enough money to go to college, and then to law school and then 
become lawyer. Or if they didn't want to, you know, they become,
whatever, they could be, like, work for UNICEF, or they could be 
some amazing painter. So, it's something that they became 
successful at, but just because they didn't have the money or the
desire to go to college they could still make it. MTV is interested in
it and the Independent Film station is interested too. We don't have
any contracts signed or anything like that, but yeah, we're trying to
sell that show right now. And I would host it. Just because I think it
would be  sometimes it's uninspiring just to work, and it's like, me
me me, that's kind of how it is as an actor. I was like, I want to do 
something that's kind of inspiring, and there are so many kids out
there who are from single-parent homes and who have nobody to 
look up tono one, It's like all they do is watch TV, you know,
and that can kind of be uninspiring. So we're putting together 
this show right now. 
UPFRONT: Have you had any people on it so far?
BRITTANY: Yeah, well we put together a mock version of what
the show would be like. But because I haven't gotten any 
releases signed from the actors, I wouldn't want to say, 
because I wouldn't want it to be printed. But, no, pretty big 
people on it, a couple of big directors and a couple of big 
actors and stuff like that. We're just kind of putting together
a test show of what it would be like so the studios can see it. 
UPFRONT: Well, thanks a lot Brittany. 
BRITTANY: Thank you. Good luck!
( taken from NYT UPFRONT )               
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