At just 14 years of age, Murray Bridge’s own Danielle Catanzarati felt she could conquer the world and when she landed the role of Esther Blueburger, her life changed forever.
From the Murray Bridge Players and Singers group to Channel Nine’s hit show Love Child, Danielle has made a name for herself on prime time Australian television.
Landing the lead role in Hey Hey it’s Esther Blueburger in 2008 was a dream come true for Danielle.
“It was all a bit of a whirlwind but it was a life-changing experience,” she said.
“Acting was something I was really passionate about… I was studying drama and performing with the Murray Bridge Players and Singers.”
From there, the job offers rolled in.
“After Esther, I appeared in Closed for Winter alongside Natalie Imbruglia and Black Bird, which was directed by Cate Blanchett,” she said.
“I also travelled to New York with the Windmill Theatre, based in Adelaide, to perform Pinocchio on Broadway.”
After experiencing patches of work over the years, Danielle scored another dream role when she was casted in Channel Nine’s hit television drama Love Child.
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the role… it’s been a dream of him to work on Australian television and it’s been amazing to work on Love Child”, she said.
Danielle joined the show in it’s fourth season earlier this year to bring to life the character of Elena.
“Elena is a young Italian woman who is sent to Australia by her family to marry a man but ends up at Stanton House because she falls pregnant on her journey over,” she said.
“I’m Italian myself so I had a lot to drawn on and it was great to play an ethnic character who is much more than just a stereotype.”
With parents and grandparents still living in Murray Bridge, Danielle aims to get home as often as she can.
“I love my family and have stayed very close with them… I was always playing imaginary games and role playing around the house when I was younger,” she said.
“I think acting is one of those things that chooses you… it’s challenging but so rewarding.”
She said the goal was to go from job to job.
“I just want to be working continually… I really love working here in Australia so If I can keep working here I’ll be a very happy person,” she said.