Interview: Legally Blonde’s Danny Mac
Perhaps best known from his role as heart throb Mark Savage in Hollyoaks, Danny Mac joins the cast Curve’s latest musical production, Legally Blonde, as Warner. We caught up with him to find out more…
How does it feel to be part of Legally Blonde?
I can’t wait to get back on stage again. Curve is such a great venue and the team behind this brand new production of Legally Blonde are incredible so I’m really looking forward to get getting started!
Is this your first time in a musical?
No, my first job out of drama school was in ‘Wicked’ and I also played ‘Gavroche’ in ‘Les Misérables’ on The first UK tour and in the West End at The Palace Theatre.
Tell us about Warner?
Warner is Elle’s soon-to-be ex-boyfriend and is the catalyst to Elle’s journey. He has a ‘life plan’ and Elle doesn’t fit into it, so he breaks up with her – much to her surprise.
Your character Warner seems very focused on what he wanted to do as a career, were you the same? Did you always want to be an actor?
Ha, yes we are similar there. For as long as I can remember it’s what I’ve wanted to do. Not having a backup plan left me little choice and little distraction from just going for it.
You were voted as Soaps sexiest man four years in a row at the Inside Soap Awards – how did you cope with all of the added attention?
I grew up in a small town and only ever dreamed of earning a living doing what I loved. I never thought about the fact you will then be judged by anyone and everyone (for various reasons) whether you like it or not – I was blessed to be given a great character that people seemed to really like. The show’s fans are fantastic and I had a great response from them during my time there. The fact people found him ‘sexy’ still makes me laugh!
A lot of people will recognise you from that role as Mark Savage in Hollyoaks, what do you prefer stage or screen?
As much of a cliché as it sounds as a performer, nothing compares to live theatre. I’ve loved working in TV and hope to again but I’m excited to be getting back on the stage.
Where would you like to take your career to next?
All any actor wants to do is to keep working, the rest is an adventure. I would love to continue ticking boxes and doing things that I haven’t done. A play would be great – the process excites me and again, it’s live theatre. I would love to go back and do something new in TV and film also. To play a character in a piece set outside of my lifespan would really excite me. I get such a buzz from telling stories and creating so I’ve been writing too which has been totally different but a great outlet.
Can you see yourself doing more musicals?
I’m very lucky to have had doors open for both musicals and TV so far. My focus wasn’t to do a musical next but I did want to work at Curve and get back on stage at some point, so when Nikolai Foster gave me the opportunity to work with him again and in such a great show as Legally Blonde, it was a no-brainer. Following that, who knows?
What can audiences look forward to with Legally Blonde?
Legally Blonde really is a brilliant show. It has translated from a movie to a stage musical incredibly as it’s fast, energetic, funny and the music is fantastic. The casting of Lucie Jones, Jon Robyns and Ian Kelsey is a clue to the high level of show The Curve is producing. I’m very excited to be a part of it.
What part of the show are you looking forward to most?
I am a big dog lover and although I won’t work with them directly I’m looking forward to having those little guys about when I’m not onstage. Besides that, I’m looking forward to rehearsals actually – TV can move very fast and before you’re done with one scene you’re on to the next, then you forget about it all for a few months and once it’s on screen you don’t even remember filming it! It’ll be nice to play a bit amongst ourselves before sharing it with everyone once the curtain goes up.
Legally Blonde The Musical , directed by Nikolai Foster, runs from the 11th April to 14th May at Curve. For tickets visit www.curveonline.co.uk or call the box office on 0116 242 3595