DANIELLE MacDON­ALD

THE AUS­TRALIAN AC­TOR HAS BEEN CALLED THE NEXT JEN­NIFER LAWRENCE

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When Danielle MacDon­ald, 26, bagged the lead in Patti Cake$ (out 1 Septem­ber), a film about an as­pir­ing New Jersey rap­per, she’d never at­tempted a New Jersey ac­cent and she’d def­i­nitely never rapped. Liv­ing in LA since she was 18, the Aus­tralian star had en­joyed mod­er­ate suc­cess with TV parts, but when she donned Patti’s faux-fur jacket, ev­ery­thing changed. ‘It felt ter­ri­fy­ing!’ she ad­mits. Film JULIE direc­tor Geremy Jasper sent her mix­tape af­ter mix­tape until she be­came a fledg­ling rap­per. And when the film was screened at Sun­dance in Jan­uary, au­di­ences went wild, with fes­ti­val direc­tor John Cooper ADE­NUGA dub­bing her the next Jen­nifer Lawrence. She’s since landed her sec­ond lead, star­ring along­side Jen­nifer Anis­ton in YA adap­ta­tion Dumplin’. Like Patti, her Dumplin’ char­ac­ter smashes stereo­types – in this case, about a beauty queen’s looks. ‘I want to send pos­i­tive mes­sages,’ she says. ‘That’s my num­ber one thing.’

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