The newest resident of Pine Valley used to live in Orlando.
Danielle Parker, who is 8, on Monday begins her role as Emma on ABC’s “All My Children.” Emma is the daughter of Annie and Ryan.
“She started doing plays in Kissimmee,” mom says. “That’s how she got started at 4. After she did her first play, she came off the stage and said she wanted to do more. She wanted to act on television and in the movies.”
The Parkers —moved west last year to give Danielle more opportunities. The family lives in Nevada, and drives into Los Angeles for auditions. Danielle has appeared in pilots, commercials and student films. The soap is her biggest job yet.
“She says she wants to be an actor,” Danielle's mom says of her daughter. “She wants to go to film school. She knows she has to go to college. She’s an excellent student. We keep her in regular school. She maintains a straight-A average.”
But it was very hard to leave Orlando, mom says. “We loved living in Orlando,” she says. “If you ask Danielle where’s home, she’ll say Orlando.”
The Parkers also moved west to be near acting coach Karen Storms, who had worked with Danielle in Orlando.
“Having Karen to work with is a huge plus,” Parker says. “Karen helped us get a manager.”
Storms, the mother of “General Hospital” actress Kirsten Storms, raves about Danielle.
“For an 8-year-old, she has an uncanny ability to understand and get into different characters,” Karen Storms says. “She is very mature and intelligent, and in my coaching sessions with her, the two of us have great conversations about the character’s emotions, needs and intentions. Not too many young actors can do this. I knew when I started working with her when she was 5, that she had quite a vivid imagination, and could carry on a conversation with anyone.”
That skill should come in handy when Danielle works with Susan Lucci.