‘‘Legacies’’ leading star Danielle Rose Russell is a young screen queen to coronate

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At just 19 years old, Danielle Rose Russell has a resume that rivals those twice her age in the industry. Hailing from New Jersey, she started her acting career in film, playing alongside notable Hollywood figures such as Liam Neeson, Rachel McAdams or Julia Roberts, which gave her a solid base to tackle the next steps of her journey in the industry. Starring as Hope Mikaelson on The CW’s fantasy drama series The Originals and its spin-off Legacies, which she considers as one of the most incredible highlights of her career, Danielle has become a name people quickly began to recognize.

I’m very fortunate to say that I’ve been through a lot of challenges, just by being in this industry

The actress whose both parents are performers found her passion for performing pretty early, and it was clear for her that it was what she was born to do. ‘‘My dad was a singer and my mom was a dancer, so neither of them were really actors. But it was really amazing having parents that were in the business simply because they were able to navigate me,’’ she says.

Everything in the last two years has really happened because of happy accidents

Feeling fortunate to have been exposed to the arts at a very young age, Danielle started out in prints and commercials. ‘‘I’ve trained for two or four years actually. I auditioned for film and TV projects, and I really fell in love with it. I fell in love with getting to do actual material, like promoting a new toy or something,’’ she laughs. ‘‘But when I booked my first film, when I was fifteen, which was called A Walk Among the Tombstones, something inside of me just knew this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I just fell more and more in love with it ever since that job, and every single day I do this.’’



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