Cynthia Daniel is an American actor and photographer. She is the twin sister of Brittany Daniel, with whom she starred in the teen comedy series 'Sweet Valley High.' The Daniel sisters grew up in Florida and have strong Gainesville roots. They have been trained in gymnastics. Before they graduated high school, Cynthia and Brittany ventured into modeling and eventually made their acting debut. In the initial few years of their career, the sisters did commercials. One of such commercials made Cynthia and Brittany famous as the "Doublemint Twins." They shot to fame with their breakthrough roles in 'Sweet Valley High.' Like in real life, Cynthia and Brittany played twin sisters in the series. However, after quitting the show, Cynthia moved to a different career. She has been part of just one film. Cynthia now works as a professional photographer, owns a photo studio, and has a few celebrity clients, too. She co-owns a blog and an 'Instagram' account with Brittany, where they post content related to lifestyle, wellness, parenting, and travel.
Childhood & Early Life
Cynthia was born Cynthia Lynn Daniel, on March 17, 1976, in Gainesville, Florida, to Carol and Charlton B Daniel, Jr. She is five minutes younger to her twin sister, Brittany, and has an older brother, Brad. Cynthia’s father was a long-time city leader and banking executive, who died of cancer in 2008.
Cynthia was a “Homecoming Queen” and a cheerleader in high school. She and her sister began modeling at the tender age of 11. The twin sisters signed with the 'Ford Modeling Agency,' which helped them bag a few prestigious modeling projects and TV spots. Cynthia and Brittany were featured in some prominent fashion and lifestyle magazines, such as 'YM' and 'Sassy,' and did a few commercials, too. However, they had already made their acting debut by then.
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Cynthia made her acting debut in 1989, with an episode of the 'CBS' sitcom 'The New Leave It to Beaver.' In 1993, the Daniel twins appeared in a 'Doublemint' chewing-gum commercial and were instantly named the "Doublemint Twins." They had also appeared in a commercial layout for 'Caboodles' makeup cases. In 1997, Cynthia was featured in a 'McDonald's' commercial.
In 1994, Cynthia’s TV career gained prominence. She was cast as ‘Elizabeth “Liz” Wakefield’ in the teen comedy–drama 'Sweet Valley High,' loosely based on Francine Pascal's book series of the same name. The series featured Cynthia and Brittany as identical twin sisters ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Jessica’ (Brittany played ‘Jessica’) living in the fictitious 'Sweet Valley' in California. The sisters were shown as being poles apart in nature. While Cynthia’s character was portrayed as a friendly, helpful, and sincere girl, Brittany’s character was irresponsible, flirty, and mischievous. However, ‘Elizabeth’ was shown envying her sister's popularity despite being a top scorer.
The sisters got the role before they graduated high school. They moved to Los Angeles just a week after their graduation. They continued being on the show until 1997 (eight episodes). The first three seasons were aired in syndication (mostly on 'Fox' stations) and the series was then moved to 'UPN.' The fourth season received low ratings, and the show was thus canceled.
After the show was canceled, Cynthia quit her TV career. In between shooting for 'Sweet Valley High,' she (along with Brittany) made her film debut with the 1995 drama 'The Basketball Diaries.'
Cynthia then quit acting and became a professional photographer. She made a brief comeback in 2002, appearing as ‘Bianca’ in an episode of the 'Fox' sitcom 'That '80s Show,' titled 'Sophia's Depressed,’ which starred Brittany. too. Cynthia worked in a few TV commercials, for the brands 'Biore Cleansing Cloths' in 2001 and 'Crest Whitestrips' in 2004.
Cynthia owns a photo studio named 'Five Arrows Photography.' She specializes in photoshoots for families, babies, and pregnant women. Cynthia has many celebrity clients, such as 'Gossip Girl' actor Kelly Rutherford.
In 2015, Brittany revealed in an interview to 'Entertainment Weekly' that she and her sister were approached to discuss a 'Sweet Valley High' reboot with Francine Pascal. However, there has been no news regarding the comeback since then. Director Diablo Cody, who is a huge fan of the series, was slated to create a big-screen musical based on the book.
The Daniel sisters launched their lifestyle blog, 'The Sweet Life,' in June 2017. The women-centric blog offers everything related to fashion, beauty, food, health, fitness, personal growth, wellness, travel, home décor, DIY projects, and parenting.
Cynthia and Brittany own a joint 'Instagram' account named 'The Twin Travelers,' through which they post their travel stories and often flaunt their bikini-clad bodies. They also post cooking videos on the profile.
Family & Personal Life
Cynthia is married to actor Cole Hauser since December 22, 2006. She is now a mother of two sons, Ryland (born in 2004) and Colt (born in 2008), and a daughter, Steely Rose (born in 2013).
Like her father, Cynthia’s sister, too, had cancer. Brittany was diagnosed with stage-IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011. After repeated sessions of chemotherapy, she was completely cured in 2014. However, the traumatic experience led her sister to become vocal about her fight against cancer.
Cynthia and Brittany are associated with the 'Stand Up To Cancer’ and Cycle for Survival' movements, which are meant to combat rare cancers. They often work at charity events to raise funds for cancer research. The Daniel sisters have also worked with cleanse expert, holistic nutritionist, and cancer survivor Elissa Goodman, who is known for her book 'Cancer Hacks,' which offers an insight into natural ways of dealing with the disease.