ACTOR AND MODEL DANIELLE AQUILINA IS FLYING HIGH
Danielle Aquilina has always had a flair for dramatics.
The Cairns local is an educator at The Young Company Theatre by day and a stage actor by night, but still remembers her first brush with acting.
“I’m a Cairns girl born and bred,” she says. “I went to school at Balaclava State School, Freshwater State School and Trinity Bay.
“When I was nine years old I saw a travelling group of actors who came to Balaclava. Since then I knew I wanted to act for children.”
She says her dream for a long time was to work on a children’s television show.
“I would love to be on Playschool, or even to join a group like The Wiggles,” she says.
Despite her passion for entertaining children, the 24-yearold’s rising star has recently taken her on another equally thrilling path.
“Last year I was in a feature film called Celeste opposite Thomas Cocquerel, which was amazing,” she explains. “Since being in the film I’ve been inspired to follow a career in film and television.”
She says it will be a big transition from working on stage to portraying roles destined for the silver screen.
“Film is really different from being on stage, it’s really challenging in a different way,” Danielle says.
“When you’re on stage you only have one chance to get it right, whereas when you’re in front of the camera it captures every single little detail.”
The actor says the process of getting a tiny snippet of story right for screen is an incredibly long process, unlike performing on stage for immediate audience consumption.
“I was on set for two very big days when it was being shot in Innisfail,” she says. “We got in at 5am for hair and makeup, which lasted for two hours, before we started shooting. To get 10 minutes worth of footage took almost the full 48 hours I was there.
“It was a really exciting experience though, the crew knew it was my first time on a film set and they were really supportive.”
Now that Danielle is back to acting and teaching locally she says she’s had some time to assess her hopes and dreams.
“As much as I love acting for children I’m also falling in love with drama as a genre,” she says.
“I love the rawness and getting to explore those emotions on the film, and it’s given me a lot to think about. But at this stage in my career I’m really open to anything that comes along.”
She says that’s the attitude young people wanting to pursue creative careers have to adopt.
“I’d love to encourage everyone to do the thing that they’re passionate about,” she says. “Even if it’s not forever, it’s worth pursuing your passion at least once.”
Her newest project, Rondo Theatre production Boeing Boeing, is the actor’s very first farce.
“It’s absolutely hilarious and gogo-go with no room for errors,” she says.
Catch Danielle in Boeing Boeing from next Friday at the Rondo Theatre. Tickets online from Ticketlink, www.ticketlink.com.au or at the door.
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