Chicago native, Danielle Pinnock is quickly on her way to the top and has no plans of leaving anytime soon! Pinnock has been featured in hit television series such as Young Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory, Scandal and many more! What we admire the most about Danielle is the fact that she uses her platform to work on body awareness. She’s been featured on Buzzfeed, Weight Watchers, and other publications. As an accomplished playwright, actress, and body activist, Danielle has completely stolen our heart. In this exclusive interview with Sheen, Danielle Pinnock gives us insight into how she got into acting and her playwright, Body/Courage.
Could you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting?
My name is Danielle Pinnock, I’m originally from New Jersey, a small town called, Teaneck. I moved to Los Angeles a year and a half ago, I had an in-between in Chicago where I was doing work at The Second City and also doing a lot of theater at The Goodman Theatre. I was actually acting by accident. I was in the sixth-grade production at my school and I did not want to be apart of it whatsoever because I was so shy. On top of that, I had to sing as well so I did it and apparently I was great! My mom immediately wanted to put me into voice classes afterward and the rest is history!
You’ve worked on numerous hit shows such as Scandal, This Is Us, Big Bang Theory, and Young Sheldon. How would you describe the overall experience? Do you have a favorite you could tell us about?
Yes! The experience has really been unreal because before I came here I had never been on television. I’d just been doing theater for so long. To be honest, I was kind of afraid of what I would look like on camera. As soon as I got to Los Angeles, I got booked This Is Us and it was such a confidence booster to know that I’m good enough, I can do this! It’s so much fun just being on set. I would have to say my favorite show that I have been on is, of course, Young Sheldon but I have to include Scandal as well because I was in the huge, crossover episode with Kerry Washington and Viola Davis. That was one of the most unreal experiences of my career. I mean, both of these women are on my vision board so to be in the same room and acting so closely with them was a dream come true.
Do you mind telling us about your playwright, Body/Courage? What inspired you to create this piece?
I was doing a project for my Masters. I had been doing documentary theatre since I was 18-years old and for anyone that doesn’t know what that is, it’s basically when you go out into the field and interview people. You transcribe those interviewers word for word and bring/transform it into those pieces that you interview to bring the story to stage. A lot of people that do that are Anna Deavere Smith and Emily Mann. That was the work that I was trained in at college at Temple University. I knew for my Masters I wanted to do something that was like that while focusing on body image. It’s something that has haunted my family for generations. As a woman of size and a black woman, I wanted to bring my own story to the stage because we never hear what that is. In 2011/2012, no one really wanted to do anything dealing with body positivity. I wanted to simply bring it to the theater scene.
What can we expect to see from you in the future? Are there any projects you could give us insight on?
Right now, I’m working on an Instagram series called, Hashtag Booked. You can find us on Instagram. I’m the co-creator with my friend LaNisa Frederick, she is hilarious! It’s an improvised series about what happens in the audition waiting room (laughs). So we’re taking all of our acting stories that we’ve gone through the last years and we’re making this series to show a day in the life of an actor. They’re all on Instagram for everyone to check out!
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