Daniel Franzese

Entertainer and Actor on Recovery Road & Looking. Previously in Mean Girls & I Spit on Your Grave

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON March 24, 2016

Discussion

Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
Hi everyone Daniel Franzese here. I'm very excited to be answering your questions today. join me for a conversation about film, television, pop culture and more.
Hannah Hunt@hannah_hunt · I am in theater and I barrel race
I think it's cool cause I've always wanted to talk to famous people, I just hope this isn't another one of those fake things
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@hannah_hunt NAHhhh. its me.
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
Hi Danny! What's the one app you absolutely cannot live without?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@jsneedles Instagram. I think of it as a breadcrumb trail of memories. I wanna be like 90 in the old movie stars home watching 4 pics from everyday of my life.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
What's one of the funniest stories (that you can tell us about) from working on Mean Girls?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@bentossell I don't know if I have time to go into the whole story but one time Lizzy Caplan and I were goofing off and kinda simulating sex lol. We were just letting off some comedy steam waiting for our time to act to come up. I hear " WHAT ARE YOU DOING ASSHOLE?!" I turned to the side and realized Micheal Lohan was watching and he started to scream at me and seemed like he wanted to fight me because his kids were around but it was an adult set and we had no idea they were there!
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@whatsupdanny hahahahaha great!
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@jacqvon Sicily. Part of my family is from there. Ive been all over Italy but never there. I'm going to take my mom and go for a few weeks next year.
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
Who would you love to work with?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@jakecrump Martin Scorcese. He used to know my uncle and cast him in a few movies ( Mean Streets, Raging Bull) he's one of the reasons I became an actor and I haven't even met him yet.
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
What do you want to be remembered for?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@andrewett being a good entertainer and a good person. A representation of underrepresented people and a voice for people who may not often be heard.
Corley@corleyh · COO @ Product Hunt
Hi there. Thanks for joining. What is an example of a mistake you made and what did you learn from it?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@corleyh when i first move to NY i regret not taking more comedy classes and seeing more Bradway shows with my money vs spending it on partying and going out. Ahhh the folly of youth.
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Yo Danny! What's one thing you used to fervently believe that you now see fundamentally misguided in your professional life? in your personal life?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@eriktorenberg tbh I would have to say GOD. Its weird to be in Hollywood and be a believer but its even weirder to be gay and do so. I find myself having to make sure that is a part of my life because if I didn't there aren't a lot of professional reminders.
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@whatsupdanny i didn't know this!! can you talk more about how you came to a stronger belief in God as a gay person? Did religious groups ostracize you in the past and, if so, how did you overcome it?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@eriktorenberg I actually did gay conversion therapy by accident! its awful and should be outlawed. It wasn't until i realized. God didn't love be in spite of me being gay ...He loved me because of it. This is how I was meant to be. God's love is unconditional.
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
What is an interesting similarity or difference working w/ tech companies/people vs working with actors vs entertainment folk?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@eriktorenberg People ultimately love to be entertained. In any profession but I feel like the skills I have learned working in the field of entertainment go 4x as far in other fields. even curating art shows for example my pr skills surpass just about any artist Ive worked with. its easier for me to help them blow up.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Daniel! Is working in comedy TV series and films as fun to work on, as it is to watch?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@ems_hodge most of the time! Sometime I watch scenes and I remember how hot I was or how many times i had to go up and down a staircase, or shoot a scene over and over again and i think other people find it more enjoyable then I remember.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
How did you get into the TV/Film industry?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@bentossell busting my ass. theres no one way. You have to read everything nd perform everywhere and try everything. No one tells you either that once you have your foot in the door that there are millions of people slamming the door shut on your foot after that, Its harder to stay in the game then it is to break into it.
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
Daniel!! What apps are on your iPhone's homescreen? 😀
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@mscccc Reddit, Lyft, Maps, all social media in a folder, Citibank, Weed Maps, Amazon, Recorder, Grub Hub and 8 Ball pool
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
If you had a billion dollars, what would you do?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@bentossell run against Trump
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What's one piece of advice you constantly find yourself giving?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@jacqvon like authenticlly. I really wish I was doing that all along. I wasted a lot of time being afraid of what people would think. I'm not wasting time anymore.
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
Who has influenced your career the most?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@jakecrump My mom for sure. She has always helped me strategize and the casting director Carmen Cuba.. She discovered me for my first movie Larry Clark's BULLY and also cast me in LOOKING
Emma Wade@awkwrdfangirl9 · Singer, Student
Who are some actors that you would love to work with again from the previous films/tv shows you have been in? And what direction would you like to take them or join them in?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@awkwrdfangirl9 hmmm. Rachel Miner, Seth Green, John Waters, Racheal Leigh Cook, Agnes Bruckner, Derek Waters, Jon Bernthal, Lizzy Caplan, Chole Sevigny, Carrie Fisher, Amy Poehler, Eric Jungmann, Theo Rossi, Lisa Kudrow, anyone from LOOKING really.
Veronique@veer14
Hi from Holland, ANY idea when HBO will air the looking movie?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@veer14 Well, We will be seeing a final cut next month. Thats all I know.
Veronique@veer14
@whatsupdanny Thanks, really looking forward to it! Can you gave us any spoilers on AugustEddie?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@veer14 Yeah... We are impossibly adorable
Veronique@veer14
@whatsupdanny Haha, that's no spoiler, that's just a given ;-)
Mike Hince@zer0mike · Freelance UI Designer Founder Howler.co
Hey, do you ever get involved in the writing process?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@zer0mike Yeah I have written a few things. I co-wrote two musicals. I improv...A LOT. In Mean Girls I improvised " I want my pink shirt back" I think thats writing.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Out of all the characters you've played, do you have a favourite?
Daniel Franzese@whatsupdanny
@ems_hodge Really my favorite so far has to be Eddie Bear on LOOKING. It felt important.