Very interesting interview. Danielle talks about ‘Piranha 3DD’, but also about her other projects!
At what point doing Mr. Brooks, Friday the 13th and The Crazies did you realize horror would be a lucrative thing for you?
Danielle Panabaker: “It was funny, I kept thinking, ‘Well, this’ll be the last one. Well, then I’ll do something different.’ But each movie has offered such a different opportunity and been a unique film.Mr. Brooks, Kevin Costner, William Hurt, just incredible. Then Friday the 13th which was my real introduction to the horror genre and it’s very classic, dark, scary horror. Then Crazies with the zombies, it’s all been something different. With Piranha I think it was the humor that really attracted me to it but hey, I’m an actor and I love to work, so any movie, I’m available.”
Are these types of movies grueling to do?
Danielle Panabaker: “They can be really taxing. Piranha was especially difficult for me because I’m afraid of the water. So any day that involved water, Matt [Bush] and I were doing scuba training on the weekends, it was a really big challenge for me personally.”
What did you need scuba training for? Your character isn’t an expert in scuba.
Danielle Panabaker: “No, she’s not an expert in scuba but any time we’re underwater, like when I’m tied down to that grate, it’s more efficient to keep me tied under there and breathing off of scuba gear rather than having me come up and catch my breath and go back under. So they trained us to breath off of it so that they could shoot quicker.”
Where does that fear of water come from?
Danielle Panabaker: “Childhood. I was thrown in as a child. The teachers thought that that would be the best way to teach me how to swim and it wasn’t. I know how to swim but I don’t enjoy it.”
So for everyone who thinks that works, it doesn’t.
Danielle Panabaker: “It didn’t work for me. Maybe it works for some people, but it didn’t work for me.”
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