Thursday, January 3, 2008
One to Watch: Danneel Harris
(Photo Credit: both pictures from IMDb.com)
Elta Danneel Graul or professionally known as Danneel Harris is mostly known as the ultimate bad girl Rachel Gatina on "One Tree Hill". Harris joined the cast during the third season in 2005 and her character quickly became a fan favorite as the girl you love to hate.
Although she is on a hit show, Ms. Harris is relatively unknown to most but you may have recognized her from some of the following shows: "What I Like About You" which stars Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth and Wesley Jonathan, she was on a few episodes of the second season, soap opera fans may also remember her as bad girl Shannon McBain on "One Life to Live", she also appeared on couple of episodes on the short lived series "Joey" and was most recently seen on an episode of "CSI" which aired in October.
Her acting experience isn't limited to TV, Danneel's professional debut began with the independent short film "The Plight of Clownana". She will be featured in a couple of upcoming movies: "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" and "Ten Inch Hero" (will post trailer later) which features her "One Tree Hill" castmate Elisabeth Harnois, Clea DuVall, Jensen Ackles (CW's "Supernatural") and Sean Patrick Flanery (USA Network's "The Dead Zone").
Before she started acting, this Louisiana native use to model and some of the companies she worked with are Big Juicy Hair and Juicy Jeans. Now she can be seen modeling for KRMA Clothing. Danneel has also been featured on Maxim magazine's 2007 Hot 100 list as well as being featured on the November 2006 Maxim cover with OTH cast mates Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton.
Danneel may be known for playing a bad girl but unlike her character she likes to help out with charitable organizations. Some of the charities that she support are the James Lafferty/One Tree Hill Charity Basketball Game and The Gift of Sight.
Although she has a fast growing fan base she also has an equally fast growing hate fan base which generated from a rumor of her dating fellow CW Network actor and "Ten Inch Hero" co-star Jensen Ackles. I normally wouldn't want to highlight stupidity but this puts a focus on celebrity obsessions, because some of his fan base dislikes her not because of her acting but from a rumored relationship with him. I find that to be ridiculous that they choose to write rude and mean comments on various blogs and message boards about this young woman all because they don't like the fact that she's allegedly dating their favorite actor.
The only thing I see standing in her way is that she seems to get type-casted as the bad girl maybe with time she can expand her acting experience and get casted in different roles.