With stunningly beautiful looks and a body to die for Daniela Junko, the exotic Brazilian-born actress is a source to be reckoned with. With a lead role in the upcoming feature films ‘Sky’ and ‘Fallen’ Daniela or as she is affectionately known as ‘DJ’ grew up in humble beginnings. Experiencing a world of many cultures that include places like Singapore, Norway, Brazil and Japan, this actress grew up with conservative, yet loving parents . In her upcoming feature film ‘Sky’ she will play the lead role of Sky who is breathtakingly beautiful but with the drive to bring justice to the mortal world. As the plot thickens, viewers will discover that Sky is not just all about beauty and compassion, but may also have evil tendencies in this ultimate futuristic film. In ‘Fallen’, Daniela will play the role of a dark angel set in the WWII era, as she fights to find the meaning of her existence during a time of heartache and despair. We recently sat down with Daniela on a bright sunny day in LA- the city of angels to find this jaw dropping beauty is more than just a pretty face. She has so much more to offer the world not only in acting, but to inspire other performers to remain humble and grateful for their blessings and beginnings, as well as never giving up on their dreams. Here is what Daniela had to say:
An introduction to Daniela Junko and her acting career:
For me, movies are an expression of soul and life, and no mater what character is offered to me, I will always be interested in discovering and portraying the character as truthful as possible. Acting is an art, in its finest form. Therefore, it is hard to understand, when someone decides to do it for stardom rather than for passion. Don't get me wrong, we all want to be recognized, but for many different reasons. I have the biggest respect for my job and I do not take it lightly, once the cameras are rolling, it becomes all very organic, "I will not be playing "you,"I will become 'you" I have a high respect for all art forms, and all its experts, during my spare time, I attempt to write, paint or simply watch crazy TV shows. My favorite place on earth is Death Valley. It brings me an indescribable feeling. I love observing its , infectious and unknown nature's power.
Tell us a little more about yourself:
I must admit that I find it a bit unpleasant, "babbling" about myself, lol…I come from an "old fashion" type of family, and acting wasn’t the kind of profession my parents wanted me to peruse. So I studied English literature and Journalism in college. I lived in Japan, Brazil, Norway and Singapore, which allowed me to speak 3 languages, Norwegian English and Portuguese. I feel grateful for being able to work within 3 different continents. I enjoy being surrounded by different kinds of people (,) from the most sinful to the most altruistic. I love anything related to sports. My other passion aside from acting is martial arts. I do kick boxing and Muay Thai. I love working out and pushing myself to extremes.
How and when did you first get into performing?
At an early age I was "discovered" by a very respected Brazilian director, who talked to my parents about letting me become a actress. My father as a conservative Japanese man, said that acting wasn't a career, but rather an irresponsible way of living life. After college, as I still felt unfulfilled I decided to do what I strive for the most in life…acting! I officially started my career in Asia. where I worked on TV series, TVC's and promos, for channels like HBO and ESPN. But my big debut came when I was offered the lead role in a feature film called "Rough Mix", starring with well-known Asian star, Kay Tong Lim. After my start on the big screen, I decided it was time for me to come to Hollywood and explore my opportunities.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Alfredo James Pacino, which I had the opportunity to meet, in the oddest circumstances. Charlize Theron, I loved her performance in the Devil’s Advocate and I admire the way she embraces each character she portrays.
What kind of training have you done?
I went to a Theater school in Brasil and I trained at two prestigious studios in LA, Sharon Chatten Studio and Ivana Chubbuck Studio.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
My most enjoyable character was Janelle in Rough Mix. It was very challenging to get into the depth of my character. AS a famous singer ,Janelle appeared to have everything, when in reality she was truly miserable. It was very exciting to be on set with two talented and creative actors such as Kay Tong Lim and Rebecca Lim.
What projects do you have coming up?
Sky: a feature film. I play the lead character of Sky, a beautiful and compassionate woman who's destiny is to bring justice to the mortal world. Man would describe her as the epitome of kindness and beauty, but as the story goes, they are just about to find out that the other face of kindness mighty hide the ultimate evil. It's a very futuristic film.
Then, Fallen: a feature film. I play the female lead character, of a dark angel. The story is placed during WWII, as she fights to find the meaning of her existence in a time of despair.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Alfred James Pacino, Of course,. His confidence and charisma impresses me. Each character he plays makes you feel as they are a real part of him. I believe that to be an accomplished actor one must be able to find the inner truth of your character to make it believable to the public. Al Pacino is a master at it.
What are your plans for the future?
I would love to work with Mr.Al Pacino and become a female icon within the acting industry..The truth is, I like to think that my future is not yet written, and that it will be full of delightful crazy surprises.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Who am I to tell anyone what is the right way? The only thing I can tell with certainty is: “Follow your heart, stick to your principles and ideas, and don’t be discouraged by anyone. NO ONE, no matter how big, or important they are, has enough knowledge or wisdom, to know, or settle your future, only you know your capabilities, so believe in it. Be humble; don't underestimate anyone's abilities, for smaller they might appear. Be open for constructive criticism, and learn to forgive, but bury anything that makes you sad. Don't stop fighting and DON"T LOOK BACK”.
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