Actress, singer, and recent mother Danielle Mone’ Truitt has been quite busy since her success on Disney’s PRINCESS AND THE FROG as the voice of Georgia. pingroof.com’s Hollywood Christianity Examiner was able to catch up with her to get the scoop on her career, family life, and latest project, THAT FOUR LETTER WORD; a one night only performance this Wednesday in Los Angeles.
1. Many recognize your voice from your breakthrough performance on Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” but I have known you to be a great performer before then. Can you tell us how you got started?
Well performance has always been a big part of my life. As a small child my Mama was always making us do the latest dance moves at family functions and she put my sister and I in a Drill Team. She is also a singer herself so once I showed interest she began to teach me how to use my voice. Growing up I was also in choirs. I did my first school play in 6th Grade and I played Bell in “The Beauty And The Beast”. Once I got to High School I began cheer-leading, and choreographing. My Junior year I took a theatre class, but it wasn’t until college that I completely fell head over heels in love with Theatre. I became a theatre major and the rest is history.
2. I can only imagine how much of an impact your role in Princess and the Frog has had on your career! Can you tell us about some of your work since then?
Being the video reference actor for Princess Tiana was a wonderful experience. I never dreamed in a million years that I would ever be responsible for bringing a Disney Princess to life! Unfortunately you don’t get much credit for being a video reference actor so it’s more of an “unsung” accomplishment, but because of my video reference work I was able to play the voice of Georgia in the film and also the Wii Video Game!
3. You gave birth to a beautiful baby boy not too long ago. How has it been juggling a career, marriage and motherhood?
Yes, his name is Jackson and he is 16 months. He is a complete joy and has helped spark at fire in my heart! I honestly felt like a super hero after giving birth. Like, if I can birth a child, I can conquer the world!! Juggling all of these roles is difficult at times, but completely fulfilling. It’s so funny that as a single women I only was myself as a single actress, not realizing there was so much more inside me. Everyday I am discovering new aspects of myself and my capabilities. It’s a really scary and exciting journey. My Husband is a wonderful support to me. I know I wouldn’t be half the woman I am without him and of course the Lord.
4. Right now you are preparing for your latest production, That Four Letter Word, a one night only performance this Wednesday, August 1st. Can you tell us a bit about this production?
Yeah! I’m trying my hand at something new! I’ve been singing since I was 8. Singing is my first love, but I went through a season of major insecurity about my voice and singing ability. In the last year I have regained a lot more confidence. I’ve been doing these concert series called “For The Record” with a group of amazing singer/actors and it has really helped me embrace who I am as a vocalist and overall performer. I was given an opportunity to do a solo performance at ROCKWELL TABLE AND STAGE (were we perform the For The Record Series) and I just decided to step out and try it out. So THAT FOUR LETTER WORD is like a concert with a few theatrical pieces sprinkled in there. I’ll be talking and singing about love. It is a major force in our lives. We are living in an age where people have become so disconnected and cold. We sit right next to our friends and text them instead of really connecting with them. So yeah, we’ll be talking a little about that, also about self love and personal lessons I’ve learned about love.
5. The proceeds from this production go to a Scholarship Fund. Can you tell us about it?
A dear friend of mine just recently passed away from Cancer. Her name was Ren-nesha Patterson. She got cancer at the age of 7 and then again at 9. They then had to remove her left leg. She was then cancer free for about 14 years and then the cancer came back. She was an amazing woman. So brave, so loving, so strong, full of faith. Nothing could make her ungrateful for the gift of life and she really touched my life. Our church, The LivingRoom, will be starting a Scholarship Fund in her name so I figure I’d help get things started by donating whatever I make towards the scholarship fund.
6. Where can we get tickets for the show or donate to the Scholarship fund?
You can purchase tickets for the show at http://showatbarre.inticketing.com/events/239333
Or you can donate by sending your donation to The LivingRoom
7647 Hayvenhurst Ave, Van Nuys, Ca 91406
THAT FOUR LETTER WORD: Danielle Mone’ Truitt Live
AUGUST 1, 2012
8pm (doors open at 6pm)
ROCKWELL TABLE AND STAGE
1714 N.Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, Ca