Daniella is an American actress best known for TV series ‘Hang Time’ (1995-2000) which was also her onscreen debut as an actress. She has also appeared in TV series like ‘Las Vegas’ (2005) and ‘Aquaman’ (2006). She has also worked in the 2003 movie, ‘Special Forces’. ‘Hang Time’, the American teen sitcom, was her debut series, and she played ‘Julie Connor’ -- the only girl in the all-boys-basketball team. She started playing in her school’s basket ball team, and suddenly became the team star. However, after an injury, Daniella decided to pursue her other dream - acting. She started doing theatre, and acted in a number of plays. Her dream of becoming an actress fructified, when she got her first show ‘Hangtime’. She has also worked in the daytime drama, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’.
Childhood & Early Life
Daniella Maria Deutscher was born in Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A on October 4, 1975. She was quite young when her family moved to Netherlands, which is her mother’s birth place. Daniella again moved to Australia, before finally moving back to Olympia, Washington, USA with her family. She has a younger brother named Johan.
At the age of nine, young Daniella was introduced to basketball by her younger brother, and she instantly developed a liking for the game. Soon, she started playing for her school’s basket ball team.
Her determination and love for the game took her to new heights, and she became the top star of her team. However, she couldn’t continue with her dream of becoming a star basketball player any further, since she suffered from a serious injury during one of her games.
Her dream of making a career in basketball was almost over, and that’s when she decided to take acting seriously. Daniella is an alumnus of ‘University of South California’.
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She began her modeling career in Japan. To take her career further, Daniella also did a course in theatre. Eventually, she got to work in a production of few plays like Shakespeare’s ‘Midnight Summer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Our Town’.
In 1995, she had her big break in American teen sitcom ‘Hang Time’ that aired on ‘TNBC’ every Saturday morning. She played the character of ‘Julia Connor’. Interestingly, Daniella and another cast member, Megan Parlen, were the only members to appear in every episode of the show.
Daniella hopped on to another TV series called ‘Drifting School’ (1995) in the same year only. The show lasted for one season only.
’Hang Time’ ended in 2000, and Daniella made her big movie debut in 2003, with the movie ‘Special Forces’ – a war movie directed by Isaac Florentine. She starred alongside Marshall R. Teague, Tim Abell and Danny Lee Clark.
Daniella played the character of ‘Wendy Teller’ – an American journalist who was captivated by a Muldanian warlord. The movie was a box-office disaster.
She then appeared in another TV series ‘Las Vegas’. The ‘NBC’ series captured the life of people working at a fictional Resort and Casino. The series lasted from 2003 to 2008.
In 2006, she worked in TV pilot of the ‘Aquaman’- a TV series based on the life of a DC comic hero of the same name. The series was set to debut in the fall of 2006, but due to merger of ‘WB’ and ‘UPN’, it was decided by ‘CW’ to not buy the series.
However, the series was made available on iTunes in the USA, and the response received by the audience was overwhelming. It became the most downloaded television show ever on iTunes.
She has also worked in the hit soap opera series ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’.
Danielle got married to her ‘Hang Time’ co-star, Jay Harnandez, in 2006. She doesn’t have any kids yet.
She lives in Los Angeles, USA, with her husband, and her hobbies include horse-back riding, playing basket ball and racquetball.
Danielle is a trained Taekwondo athlete.