Watch Daniella Perkins Prep For Her First Kids’ Choice Awards
Knight Squad star Daniella Perkins has been on fan’s radars for a while now (if you’re not following her fab Instagram, trust me, your feed needs this), so its time to officially call it: This Nickelodeon star is gonna be *everywhere*—starting with the Orange Carpet at this year’s Nickelodeon 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards on March 24!
“Your clothes tell who you are as a person, so what I’m wearing is going to be a little wild and out there.”
Seventeen scored a BTS invite to see how Dani’s getting ready for her first Kids’ Choice Awards, and her game plan involves skincare with a DIY slime mask, hair and makeup testing, and racks on racks of clothes. Check out Dani’s road to the Orange Carpet below, and catch her at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards, hosted by WWE superstar John Cena, airing live on Saturday March 24th at 8 P.M. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA and YTV in Canada, and on Nickelodeon channels around the world within hours of the live show!
Check out Seventeen‘s fantastic interview with Daniella Perkins below!:
Daniella Perkins Has Something to Say — And You’ll Want to Listen
The sword-wielding star of Knight Squad is about to make it big.
Daniella Perkins is a totally typical teen off-screen: She loves hanging out with her friends, goofing off with her sister, and creating #content for social media — but on Nickelodeon’s latest comedy Knight Squad, she plays a not-so-typical princess. The show premiered February 24, just in time for her to attend Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards this year (where she’ll be doing her very best to get slimed).
We chatted with Dani about her killer new role, what it means to her to be a mixed-race actress, and how she handled intense sword fighting training sessions. Read on for Dani’s awesome advice, and keep an eye out for her on the Orange Carpet on Saturday, March 24.
How did you get your start in acting?
I’ve always been very interested in acting. When I was little, I’d be in plays and memorize everyone’s lines. I was so infatuated with everything that was going on. But I didn’t know I wanted to act [professionally] until I was about 13 or 14. I asked my mom if I could pursue it, and she was like, “okay!” So I got homeschooled, and I’d look up agencies all the time. I was very determined; the most determined 14 year old ever.
What’s it been like to play Ciara, a princess who’s also training to be a knight.
It’s honestly a dream come true. I have all these amazing gowns that the costume and wardrobe people design for me to wear, and I get to be a mixed-race princess — that’s something that you hardly ever see [on TV]. It’s a lot of responsibility, but I feel so grateful for it.
That’s so empowering for young girls to see. How does that feel?
Growing up, I saw very few people who looked like me on TV, so with this role, I get to be a person that young people — especially if they’re black or mixed — look up to. That, and the fact that I get to be a knight and a princess, shows girls that they can do anything. It’s just great to see a girl in charge and have power.
Is there any specific training you have to do to play Ciara?
We train every single week; some weeks are more intense than others, depending on the episode. We all do sword fighting, so we can all handle a sword pretty well! Ciara’s specialty is a bow and arrow, so we also get trained separately with our trademark weapons.
You post a lot of #ootd pics and style-related content on Instagram. Is fashion something you’re interested in pursuing professionally at some point?
Fashion is definitely a route I’d like to take at some point. I love clothes. For me, how I dress can help my personality shine, and I love being able to express myself through fashion. I design clothes, too — casual clothes that teenagers would wear, mostly. If I think of an idea I like in my head, I’ll draw it out.
//www.instagram.com/embed.jsSay you’re introducing yourself to someone who’s never met you. What would you want them to know about you?
I’m very goofy. I’ll do things that people find weird, and it’s just sort of something you’ll have to learn to live with! Expect the unexpected from me.
What kinds of things do you love to do when you’re not acting?
Some people in the Knight Squad cast are my best friends, so I’ll hang out with them, or my sister Devenity. I like to stay active, too — I’ll go on a hike, or go to the beach.
How do you balance school and your personal life with your acting career?
We do school on set, so we’ll do an hour in the morning and then rehearse, and then go back to school after. We have to have a minimum of three hours of school per day, and if you don’t have good grades, you can’t act. At first, I thought it would be really hard [to juggle everything], but everybody’s very helpful, and they make sure we get it done.
You’re going to be attending your first Kids’ Choice Awards later this month. What are you looking forward to most?
I am so excited for the Kids’ Choice Awards! It’s a dream. If I could get slimed there, I would be the happiest girl ever. We had slime on set and I was literally rolling in it. I’m also excited to see everyone from Nickelodeon and, of course, to meet new people. Especially John Cena, who’s hosting. I’m so short, so I want to get a picture next to him!
What do you hope to be doing in five years?
Acting. I love it, it’s my passion, and I’m so glad I found it at a young age. I’d love to do action films. With all the training I’m doing for Knight Squad right now, an action film would be perfect! Like, I can hold a sword the correct way — hire me!
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