Exclusive Interview: Danielle from 'Stylista'
Exclusive Interview: Danielle from 'Stylista'
Danielle is the latest assistant to fall by the fashion wayside on the CW's Stylista.

I thought, at the beginning of the season, that Danielle would make it to the final three because she consistently made good decisions, knew the current fashion trends inside and out, and displayed a great sense of style.  However, on last night's episode, her demise was all but set in stone when she played more of a secretarial role in the elimination challenge, rather than making editorial decisions for her team.

Danielle spoke to BuddyTV today, and shared with us her perspective on going into the Elle closet, what it was like to work with her teammates and what she would have done differently if she had the chance to do it again.

This is Debbie at BuddyTV, and today, I'm talking to Danielle from Stylista. Hi Danielle, how are you doing?

Hi. I'm fantastic. How are you?

I'm good. So, what made you decide to try out for Stylista?

I was actually scouted at a fashion party in February during New York Fashion Week. And when I heard it was an editor position at a magazine, I immediately jumped at the opportunity because writing is my first passion and clothes are my second.

You know, I was so disappointed to see that you got eliminated last night because, before the season even started, I had you pegged as in the top three.

Yeah, I saw that. Thank you.

Oh, you did? The thing that I find endlessly fascinating about this show is the group dynamics. Can you talk about all the stuff that goes on between the other castmembers, like all the fighting? Is there stuff that we haven't seen?

I mean, everyone is a little bit ridiculous in their own way and a little bit dramatic. But nobody has yet to see any of the silly stuff we did. Like, Kate does ridiculously good impressions of almost everybody in the house and Joe [Zee] and Anne [Slowey] as well, so we kind of all bonded over that. Devin had her birthday on the show. Fun things like that, I wish they would have shown a little bit more of. But as for the fighting, it's all completely real. These people really are that serious and dramatic.

That's good to know. The scene in last night's episode, when everyone was trying on clothes from the Elle closet, was that overblown? Was it edited to make it look more dramatic, and more emphasis on you?

Well, definitely, the whole episode was all about Danielle and her insecurity, which I knew as soon as it happened. As soon as the day was over, I knew that that's what it was going to be. But I was actually extremely, extremely sick the day that we did that. And before we got our task to go into the closet, I couldn't even stand up. I wanted to go home and go to sleep, but I didn't have that choice. When I was told that I was going to go into the closet, it was like, “Why am I going to go into the closet? I'm not feeling well. This is just going to put more stress on me.” I was told that there would be stuff in the closet that would fit me, but that was kind of an overblown statement because there were about two pieces that were my size in the closet. I think they wanted me to just go through the closet and look frustrated. They got what they wanted.

How was it working with Kate and Johanna?

Kate is always somebody that you have to take your time working with. She can test your patience, but she is who she is, and she doesn't make any qualms and she doesn't lie about who she is, and I really respect that. I wasn't thrilled with working with Johanna. We're very different people. We come from completely, polar opposite sides of the spectrum, and I was actually kind of shocked that she picked me for her team. It was interesting, I guess, to say the least.

I can't believe Kate didn't study at all, and she didn't help you guys at the party with identifying the guests.

She studied, I guess, in her own way. I honestly can't remember. I know they made it look like she was looking at the ceiling, which could be true. I was kind of more concerned with me at that point than her, so I don't really know. But, you know, it is what it is.

They didn't show a whole lot from the party, but it did look like you did have some fun. What was the party like?

I don't think I had any fun until the Elle task was over and we got to have a few drinks. It's really hard to see everyone come down the aisle because there's a lot of people. The camera makes it look like you can see everyone clearly, but you can't, especially for Kate and I because we had to stand on the side and we're not tall at all. We could barely see to help her in the first place, so it was really stressful. And we got really, really difficult people, as opposed to the other team, who got Nigel Barker and Andre J, and if you know anything about fashion, you know who those people are without having to look through a dossier.

Yeah, and Nigel Barker is always on the CW, anyway.

Yeah. And they also got two editors that were previous judges on our show, so they kind of had it in the bag from the beginning.

In hindsight, do you think you would have done anything differently?

Yes. I'm really sarcastic in my regular life. I'm very honest and open, and if you ask me a question, I give you an answer. I was still like that on the show, but I was a little bit guarded because I didn't know any of these people, and I didn't want to get to know them, honestly, from what they were showing me. If I had to do it all again, I would just be more outlandish, I guess, and tell people exactly how I feel in the moment. Not for dramatic purposes. Just because when I look back and see the things that they say during the little interviews that we've done, it's kind of like, it sucks to know that I'm asking you a question honestly, and you're not giving me an answer, but yet, you're going to the camera and saying something different.

And, what are you up to now?

I live in Brooklyn, in New York City, and I'm just hanging out. I have a blog, but I kind of stopped it. I think I'm going to start writing it again because I found it really therapeutic. So that's it. I kind of want to work for a magazine still. Not Elle. Well, if I got the opportunity, I wouldn't turn it down, but ultimately, I still want to work for a magazine.

-Interview conducted by Debbie Chang
(Image courtesy of the CW)