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Danielle Brooks —
born on September 17, 1989,
Danielle Brooks is an American actress best known for her role as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black... (wikipedia)
My biggest thing is telling a truthful story, something that is rooted in something and is very honest. If I read a script and you want me to take off my top, and it doesn't serve a purpose, then I'm not going to do it.
I like to play people who are underdogs and misfits. People who are not on a straight and narrow path. That's exciting for me.
In Greenville, we were blessed to have lots of youth arts programs. I changed middle schools to go to an arts middle school. Then, when high school came, I went to normal high school for a little while before auditioning for the Governor's School for Arts and Humanities.
I think theater and church are so relatable because it's traditional call-and-response in the way that an audience interacts with the actors.
My mother is a pastor. I think she has her moments where she's like, 'Dani, what are you getting into,' but at the end of the day, she really supports me as an actor.