January 21, 2021

‘Patti Cake$’ Actress on Becoming a White Female Rapper

Danielle Macdonald stands demurely in a portrait studio overlooking Fifth Avenue. With a hair and makeup team attentively standing by, the Australian native tugs nervously at her full-length Marina Rinaldi dress.
“In my day-to-day life I’m so casual,” explains the affable actress. “I wear jeans and T-shirts and flip-flops. I generally don’t wear any makeup and just kind of let my crazy curly hair go wild.”
But stepping out of her comfort zone has become standard practice for the 26-year-old — especially when taking on the titular lead role in “Patti Cake$,” which opens nationwide on Friday. In the film Macdonald plays an aspiring white female rapper from working class New Jersey, a broad departure from her suburban Sydney roots.
“When I got the script it really terrified me because it is very, very different than who I am,” she continues. “I didn’t know I could do it, but I loved [the script] so I went for it even though it scared me and there was a good chance of failing. But that’s the journey that Patti goes on and I would love if this movie gives people a little [of that] hope.”

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