10 THINGS – Danielle Savre
You’re originally from California, not too far from Hollywood. Did you ever envision that you would be in the industry?
I always loved hamming it up in front of the camera. I am convinced that my eyesight is so bad, because I sat so close to the TV screen and was glued to it, for hours. I had no idea I would make a career out of it, but I always knew I loved film and television. Although, I do believe that’s just a part of me. Whether I was on the outskirts of Hollywood or in Alabama, I feel I would have found a way to get to where I am today.
How did you get your start as an actress and performer?
When I was seven years old, my best friend’s mom worked for an agent. Since I was such a social butterfly and extremely hyper, she put the idea in my seven year old brain that I could be on the TV screen that I was constantly glued to. I begged my mom, met the agent, signed with the agent and then, booked my first job. The rest is history. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Which actors influenced your decisions as an entertainer and which ones would you want to work with, if given the opportunity?
As an entertainer, I am influenced by Emily Blunt, Robin Wright, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Evan Rachel Wood, Helen Mirren, Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Kate Beckinsale, Margo Robbie, Alicia Vikander, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Banks and Beyoncé. (If I had to narrow it down).
If given the chance, I would like to work with all of the above and Tom Hardy, Jodie Foster, Anna Kendrick, Ryan Reynolds, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Jon Favreau, Aaron Sorkin, Vince Vaughn, Tom Hanks, Kygo and Rihanna.
You mentioned musicians and you’re also a singer. How have you been able to develop and showcase this talent in your career?
I am! With art, whatever outlet it may be, I feel can fall into so many facets; whether it’s acting, singing, photography or fashion design. That being said, I have been lucky enough to showcase my songs and collaborate with phenomenal musicians, through my acting jobs. I had two of my songs in the film “Bring It On: All or Nothing”. I booked MTV’s first scripted series “Kaya”, playing Kaya, the female lead singer of a boy band. With that project, I was introduced to Evan Taubenfeld and we collaborated on producing an album for the show.
Through that, I also got to meet and work with Eric Benet and Terri Nunn, and I got to make a music video as my first venture with my production company. My love for music constantly seems to come through in so many things I do. Currently, I continue to write and collaborate with other artists and producers for my own songs and for other artist projects, as well.
Currently, you’re on the Tyler Perry series, TLC’s Too Close to Home. How were you first introduced to the series and what made you decide to take this on?
It was a project that was sent to me and was the first to excite me, in a while. The content was darker than what I had seen of Tyler Perry so far. But, what really grabbed my attention, was that none of the characters including Anna were saints. They are all flawed. It’s rare to see a protagonist, especially a female protagonist that is flawed! I loved the challenge to see if I could make that work. And, obviously, working with Tyler Perry and being a part of history with TLC’s first scripted series, absolutely played a part in my excitement for the project.
On the show, you play the leading role of Annie Belle Hayes. What can you tell us about her personality?
What’s interesting, is that the audience hasn’t really had a chance to see that side of her yet. I haven’t been able to showcase her personality because of all the drama that is circling around her. But around certain characters, like Bonnie, Victor and Sheriff Mobley, you can catch glimpses of her personality. She is complex, empathetic, trusting, self-critical and cerebral. The real Annie is locked away somewhere in the depths of her subconscious. Annie has had to put on such a disguise for so long, that it’s going to be awhile before the happy, exuberant, full of life Annie that once was actually comes out.
What do you enjoy about bringing her character to life?
I enjoy the unveiling of Annie. She is being revealed to the audience along with her secrets and frankly, who she is and how she ticks, as the series goes on. It’s quite the journey. I enjoyed and continue to enjoy this woman that has faltered on the path to bettering her life. Most of the decisions she has made, aren’t decisions a good person would make. Or at least, that’s how it seems.
Although, as the show continues, we relate to why those choices were made. I enjoy playing a real human being instead of a caricature. It’s refreshing, yet scary. I can’t hide behind the idea that Tyler will make Annie be a leading lady, loved by the audiences. Some people will hate Annie for what she has done, but others may understand her. Of course, television is heightened drama, but the characters are as real as real gets and that is a very fun challenge to take on.
As we approach the second half of the season, what can we expect to see from Annie and the rest of the crew?
A lot more secrets, drama and twists! Also, the audience will begin to see the very messed up family dynamic in Happy, Alabama. Questions will be answered, past relationships will be revisited and the sisterly bond will be tested. It will continue to be a fun roller coaster ride to watch!
On the show, your character has a chic style. When it comes to fashion, which designers are your favorites and fit your personal sense of style?
Crystal Renee, our costume designer on set, does a brilliant job of creating a distinct style for every character. She is able to show the juxtaposition of the D.C. and Alabama worlds perfectly. She’s basically telling her own story through that medium. And yes, I do love fashion! I vary on my style depending on my mood and location at the time. Weather is obviously a huge factor.
When it comes to designers, I think Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen and Victoria Beckham remain a constantly structured, classic yet sexy and bold style that speaks volumes to me. For everyday wear, I love H&M, ZARA, & BCBG. But shoes are my weakness. 3 inches or higher boots, pumps, anything that will elongate my legs. The right shoe with perfect comfort, can transform my entire energy and confidence. I love Chinese Laundry, Casadei, Kendall & Kylie, Gianvito Rossi, Schutz, Kurt Geiger and Steve Madden.
We look forward to seeing how things will develop on TLC’s Too Close to Home. What other projects can we expect to see from you in the near future?
I can’t wait for you to watch as the drama continues to unfold. I am currently filming the second season of the web series “T@GGED” for GO90. I will be seen in CBS’s “Blue Bloods” for a multi episode arc which began September 30th and you can catch me in the Lifetime film “The Perfect Stalker” coming out this winter. And, before the year ends, we will be filming the second season of “Too Close to Home”!
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