Darcy Donavan Featured on Australian Celebrity Website Mediasearch.
:: Celebrity Feature - Darcy Donavan
By: Carmine Pascuzzi
With over 300 credits in film, television, modelling, and music, as well as huge numbers of Internet views, American celebrity Darcy Donavan is a growing force in the performing arts world. She is an all-round performer and contributor to several charities, and very proactive in social media. With gorgeous looks - flowing blonde hair, a curvaceous, sultry figure - Darcy is an attraction for this alone. But I have found through reading about her, and the thoughts she puts forward on social media, that Darcy is a smart, charismatic and articulate woman who has much more to her personality.
Amongst Darcy's credits:
Life's a Beach, AnchormanSUP, Devil's Gold, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Tomcats
My Name Is Earl, Passions, Las Vegas, The Dorothy Stratton Story,
Miss Nashville, Miss America finalist, Miss Hawaiian Tropic, several campaigns
Several other Internet and TV hosting roles, print media interviews, music videos, and advertising.
As it turned out, our recent telephone conversation for this feature was one of the best I've ever had with someone of her celebrity status in America. She is an absolute darling to talk to, about any subject and was a real pleasure for me.
Q. Tell us about your background - those early years as a performer?
A. I always performed as a kid, mainly for elderly people in Tennessee. Acting came at a young age too. My mother had got me onto a TV commercial. I was always outgoing and did magazine covers in early teens. My grandfather got me interested in music, while my mother (who separated from my father when I was two years old) got me into acting and pageants. It wasn’t an easy upbringing really, as my mother was a sole parent, but my grandparents were wonderful to me. When I was growing up I thought I was going to be a comedienne or a veterinarian. I made a joke out of almost anything.
My grandmother was German, grandfather was Italian and his mother was Brazilian, so it was quite a mix. People would sometimes wonder how I got so curvy, with butt and boobs. I said that was because I’ve got Brazilian blood in me (laughs). So many Hollywood girls are skinny with no butts. It was fun visiting Italy and Germany when I was young, to see relatives. I always respected their different cultures. Things like nudity are seen differently in those countries, than here in the States. It’s no big deal there. With anything I do, I always try to bring class to it. There is nothing wrong with being sexy, as long as it’s tasteful.
Q. One could say you were a born performer…
A. When I was very little I felt as though I would always be a performer. I pushed myself and knew it was in my blood to be a performer, whether in acting or in music. You have to have a thick skin too, especially in Hollywood, but anywhere really. Yes, I have blonde hair and boobs, but I am very intelligent when it comes to business. I can go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump. For the most part, I have been very fortunate and if you don’t have a strong will, you won’t succeed. I’ve seen where many people don’t have the balls to go after their dream.
Q. Was their a breakthrough point in your life?
A. I was in a Battle of the Bands competition in Nashville. This was something I wanted to do as a teenager and it had a big impact. I got my band together and I played guitar in it. We won our State Final. We didn’t expect to win but one of the judges told me I had a great presence on stage and deserved high marks. We got into the Top 10 nationally, and soon got a manager and signed to A&M Records, which was a strong label before it eventually succumbed in a big company restructure. However, that episode helped me a lot in my career. Things started to happen in various forms. I was doing commercials and acting but I still loved to play music. So, I would say that the Battle of the Bands event was the catalyst, and my grandfather (who advised me to pursue music) had a great hand in it.
Q. How is your music going?
A. I’ve been working with different producers towards releasing a new album – a mix of pop, rock & hip hop. I want to try and set the trend so I am just working on getting everything right and make a huge impact. I’ve also got a movie coming out later so I’ll probably hit it all at once with an album to coincide with that. Timing is very important.
Q. Tell us about your movie?
A. As for movies, I can’t say too much about the upcoming film I’m working on, but it’s a spiritual 3D trilogy and I really think it will kick Twilight’s butt. I’m really excited about it. It will be similar to Avatar with regards to visual effects. It will be a big movie. Some of the people I’ll be working with are those I’ve idolised.
Q. Do you have a movie idol of the past?
A. Lucille Ball was my idol – an absolute star.
Q. Tell us about the books you’re writing?
A. People want to know business tips and gain positive messages. That’s what I’m aiming for, and that’s why I put inspirational quotes on my Facebook page. Everybody needs them. So, a book will be written along those lines, as well as one about health and nutrition. I try to set a good example, though I am not a practising Catholic. I’m just a spiritual person. I want to bring some fresh air to the world. I don’t drink and don’t do drugs. I love my sugar, pizza and cheese burgers. With everything, there is a balance.
Q. How do you manage to stay in great shape?
A. I work out a lot. You have to enjoy life. Lots of emotional problems lead to people being unhealthy. I experienced a lot of emotional hardship when growing up and can relate to people’s problems. I simply try and send positive thoughts.
Q. You do much charity work. Which ones are most important to you, when considering why you want to be associated with certain organizations?
A. Animal rights is one of the big things in my life. It’s very important to me. I own four dogs that were deserted by their owners. Domestic violence is also an important subject to consider. I actually want to start my own organization – Donavan’s Foundation for Families. The broken family unit affects so many children and we’re not doing enough to help. I want to bring it to people’s minds around the world as much as possible. It’s a mission of mine.
Q. Are there any TV projects?
A. I do have a new television project that is in the works currently. I can't go into detail about it yet, but I can tell you that it's a new reality show that has never been done before. I'm really excited about it.
Q. Favourite modelling campaigns you've worked on?
A. Hawaiian Tropic, Benchwarmer, The NOH8 Campaign and Dazed and Confused Magazine are just some of my favourites. I have been lucky since all the modelling campaigns I have worked for have been great to work on in their own way. I love them all.
Q. Do you do any fashion designing?
A. I've been approached several times to create my own fashion line, but I'm very careful about who I go into business with. When it's all said and done the most important thing is your name and who's behind it. I want to make sure that whoever I do business with has the same values and integrity in business that I have.
Q. Favourite sports, movies and music?
A. I love football, basketball, running, rollerblading and biking. Some of my favourite movies are: Rudy, City of Angels, Remember the Titans, Blindside, Burlesque and Hereafter. I love all different kinds of music and genres. I love artists from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Madonna to George Michael, Sting and Mick Jagger, to Akon and Ludacris, to rock bands like Def Leppard and Aerosmith.
Q. What beauty tips can you provide?
A. Besides a really great moisturiser, I strongly believe that no matter what you do on the outside of your skin, it's what's on the inside that REALLY counts. A healthy diet is essential for beauty. Everyone should eat lots of vegetables, fruit, organic protein and drink LOTS of water. At least drink 64 ounces of water a day to keep your skin hydrated. This is essential. Drinking water flushes out toxins and gives your skin a radiant, healthy glow. Your body is your engine for life, so what you put in it, is what you’ll get out of it.
Q. Do you have any mentors / people of influence in your life?
A. I always look up to God first and foremost. Without him I would be nowhere. He put me on the path that I am on, which has led me to where I am right now. I also look up to my wonderful and amazing mother, Margie Mancini, who has always been there for me through thick and thin and has been supportive of my music and career aspirations. I will also mention amazing people like Dylan Nelson, Rebecca Vincent and Scott Mercer of Reel Vision Entertainment who to me are some of the most wonderful people in the entertainment business. They have been a part of a terrific team of people in the industry who have honour and integrity and have been one of the major catalysts to my career.
Q. With all the projects and ideas running through your day-to-0day life, do you get much time to yourself, and how do you relax?
A. Well, that is a great question! Besides doing yoga everyday I actually love to play with my dogs. They make me laugh and make me so happy that just being around them calms me down a lot. Also, I could not live without my massages. I go at least 2 to 3 days a week (if I have the time) to get a professional massage. It does wonders for me, and reduces my stress with everything I have going on. I believe if everyone in the world got a massage a day the world would be a much happier place.
A big thanks to Reel Vision Entertainment for making the interview possible.
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