Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Exclusive Interview With Emmerdale's Danny Miller

For as long as I can remember I've loved Emmerdale's Aaron Livesy aka Danny Miller. Actually as a matter of fact Danny was one of my first ever crushes and to this day I'm still in love with the ridiculously talented twenty four year old.
 I couldn't believe my luck when I got the chance to quiz Danny all about his career, being an actor, playing Aaron Livesy and so much more...
 Danny who's been playing troubled Aaron in Emmerdale since his teens is currently involved in one of the biggest plots of the moment after getting involved with married man Robert Sugden.
 However in real life Danny seems to be one of the kindness, most down to earth men I've ever come across and how he got into acting is both due to dreaming and sheer luck: ''I started on 'Grange Hill' in Summer 2006 and managed to work this out as being my work experience over summer and fell in love with just about everything. The cameras, the drama, the whole world of television''

Danny admits that after that it was dream and nothing would stop that''School, college, university - all went out of the window because I knew what I wanted to do didn't necessarily need qualifications as a compulsory factor. Just needed to be able to learn quickly and have an eye to make things work on screen. Something I feel I've managed to blag so far. It is a tough business but once you've got that foot in the door it's important to remember those that are still trying.'' 

With his father in the entertainment already he always knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps ''The whole idea of following my Dad into the entertainment business was something I wanted to achieve personally. Seeing how proud he is today makes me feel that sense of achievement''

On Emmerdale Danny plays the tough and slightly aggressive Aaron but in real life looking back on his time in school he is, is like I was and was the class clown, ''In school I was the class clown. My teacher would constantly jest that I should've been on the stage. Something she doesn't allow me to forget still to this day ha! I was never naughty, just misunderstood. I was active and sometimes too much, which would distract others. Something I wish I could go back and change now I'm aware of how the world works. I loved school though. They really are the best days of your life. Remember I said this. Sounds like we are quite alike in that respect but just enjoy it. And work hard. Please''
Is Danny anything like Aaron??? ''I love playing Aaron - I don't feel as though there are many similarities. It's why I enjoy playing it so much. I guess I am honourable to my family and friends and loyal. But if I have a problem I don't let it eat me up, I air it and work out a solution however tough or easy that is''

Since breaking onto our screens on Emmerdale in 2008 Danny has had his fair share of bad press and negativity ''I'm not great with the pressure. I put up a good front to people. Often makes me quite nervous and unsettled that people know stuff about you but Google is so accessible these days you just need to adjust to the world and I feel like I've done/doing that'' 
Coming into this industry means a lot of your time is taken up and it can have an effect on your personal life, '' I suppose in some senses I gave up a lot of social time to make this world work for me but others are completely different. They made it work with in their lives but I always believe in if you want something you'll make it happen regardless of what you do/don't need to give up. Hard work gets you everywhere you want to be''

Danny is a firm believer that how famous you are doesn't impact your ability as an actor   'First and foremost you don't need to be famous to be a successful actor or actress. There are so many actors that have a huge amount of respect in the business and because it isn't Leonardo Di Caprio or Marlon Brando 7 out of 10 people wouldn't have a clue with 10 names I could give you that have a massive CV and hugely respected but you wouldn't know who they are'' 
Surely an actor has a glamorous life though? ' Every job has pro's and con's. The job isn't as glamorous as most people would think - 5, sometimes 6 day weeks - 7am - 7pm so not a lot of time to socialise or enjoy the sun. But on the other hand you get so many other pro's to go with the job and you get to meet some amazing people from all walks of life'

A typical day isn't as you'd expect either   'Depending on workload usually I'm up for 545 and leave Manchester for Leeds to make a 715am call time. Into makeup, then costume. Bit of breakfast and then off to set. Then it's full on until 7pm. There can be different days depending on storyline but usually very similar. I love it. Wouldn't change it for the world. On down days, I'll play football, gym, spend time with friends and family and try and wind down ready for the next day in studio'
Being on set is also entirely different, ''It depends what kind of day it is. The atmosphere on set is very relative to the material we are filming. If it's serious then it's a quiet, intense (in a good way) atmosphere and if it's a general day in the woolpack then it isn't too serious. Try to keep it light and a bit of banter to counter the days that are quite intense''

Like I already mentioned if you're a regular fan of Emmerdale you'll see Aaron getting into all sorts of trouble on a daily basis, ever since Aaron and Jackson broke my heart he has been involved in some of the biggest soap storylines and although every dramatic storyline is tough it's what Danny lives for, ''I love it. The reason the business still excites me. I love playing different emotions with different scenes and switching through so many different directors and writers it keeps you interested and enthusiastic. The workload the story lines and writers have to turn out week in week out is frightening and works every time. I feel honoured to have been involved in some of the most memorable stories in the history of this great show and I still feel so blessed after all this time''

Danny has won so many awards that I can't even get into it winning the 'best actor' award numerous times *big shock* but with so much achieved he's not settling,''In terms of my achievements I haven't achieved anywhere near what I want to but that doesn't necessarily mean away from Emmerdale - plenty of things I want to do away from acting but that'll only bore you. I'd love to be able to learn the trick of the trade in directing and it's something I'm making progress with daily''

For any aspiring actors out there Danny believes strongly in perseverance and knocking down doors!! ''The door won't open by itself. You have to open it. Don't fall at the first hurdle and when it's all said and done and you think you're getting nowhere - BAM. Two jobs come at once. Perseverance. Positivity breeds positivity.''
*Random Danny Miller Fact* Thanks to google there's not a lot people don't know ha! Being an over the top Liverpool fan is no secret so I guess other than that I have two kittens called Thelma & Louise. If I had to pick a 'chick flick' so to speak - that's my favourite so it's fitting. 

And so there you have it, how incredible is this man? - I think I may even love him a little bit more (If that's even possible) A HUGE thanks to Danny for answering these questions for me!!


  1. I love Danny miller all my heart and I would get married him

  2. I love Danny miller all my heart and I would get married him