Daniele Donato Interview
(October 14, 2007)
By Yana and Fans
BEFORE THE SHOW
Q: What was your biggest fear going into the
Daniele: To be completely honest, I had no fears,
I’m thinking.. “ok I need a break from
reality and just want some excitement in my life, so
this will be a nice change of
Q: Were you and/or your father aware that each other
were accepted to be on Big Brother 8 prior to the start
of the show?
Daniele: No I was not. We both applied separate, we
did however see each other at the open call audition,
but did not speak. It was extremely awkward & with
that I guess that was my only fear was he could
possibly be in the house as well.
DURING THE SHOW
Q: I was a HUGE Daniele fan this summer, and I was
wondering what YOUR side of the spider-under-the-bed
story was. The whole thing seemed pretty ridiculous and
hilarious to me, so I just wanted the viewers to hear
it from you. (From - Nmora)
Daniele: Well, there was a spider crawling by my bed
and Zach & I were going to throw it threw the hole
in the wall, Zach killed it & we scooted it under
the bed because it scared me when Zach threw it at me.
We were going to go back and pick it up once we got a
tissue, but Jameka never gave us the
Q: During that final endurance HoH competition that
water looked so cold that we don't know how any of you
lasted any length of time. How bad was that shower you
How hard was it watching your Dad hang on for that
Daniele: Honestly the shower was Awful. NEVER put
burning hot water on frozen skin. It burnt my skin
really bad. And watching my dad was sooo hard to do. I
was stressing out & just felt so bad for him, I
kept going in the house because it was hard to watch
Q: Dick gave Zach credit for underestimating him and
the strong game Zach played at the end. There were
several moves made that helped you two out through this
game by a couple of different houseguests. Apart from
Dick, who do you feel helped you in the game?
Daniele: You know its funny because
every week I would sit there with my dad and go,
“who woulda thunk it..” every week we were
aligned with someone new, someone we never thought we
would actually team up with. So either tons of people
helped, or we used tons of people. Haha however you
want to look at it.
Q: If you could be guaranteed that the end would remain
the same (you and your father in the final 2) what
would you change about your time in the big brother
Daniele: Oh wow that’s a tough question. Well,
I would have voted to keep nick, and I would’ve
told people how I really felt about them (ie Dustin,
Q: Some people happen to agree that Amber's jury
question had nothing to do with the game. Do you think
that her question rattled you to the point that you
couldn't effectively answer the remaining
Do you think because nothing rattles your Dad is why he
did better at answering them?
Daniele: Honestly I wasn’t rattled, My
intentions were to answer questions with much ambiguity
because I did not want to in ANY way campaign against
my dad. Period, end of story.
Q: You were wearing a dress similar to Janelle's for
the season finale. Did you know at the time she had
worn a dress just like it before? Or did someone else
pick out the dress for you?
Daniele: Actually it was the same dress. I had no
idea that she had worn that dress the year before, so
it was just coincidence.
Q: On the show, you seem to be emotional at times. Were
you really upset, or was it a tactic to manipulate the
other HGs, specifically your dad, to do what you
Daniele: I think that with this topic I may have
been portrayed wrongly… I am a very emotional
person and in the house my emotions were all over the
place. At times it was strategy, but strategy because
it was about getting my emotions out at the right time
in front of the same people. So it was definitely real
emotions but they were used strategically.
|Daniele was the only HG shown
via the "potty cam."
Q: Do you believe that you would have been in the final
two had it not been for the AP votes and your Dad's
actions during the season?
Daniele: I really have no idea. It would be a
completely different situation you know? But if
everything was the same, no I do not think I could have
made it to the final two without my dad.
Q: Although you've said in other interviews that "My
dad played his game and I played mine", didn't you
sometimes use your Dad's attacks to advance your team
(and thus ultimately yourself) in the game, such as
when you encouraged your Dad to attack Zach during the
endurance portion of the final HoH competition? If you
disagree, can you explain the difference?
Daniele: My dad is a very IN YOUR FACE kind of guy,
as well as a player. I like to do my thing quietly
& abruptly. Working with my dad was extremely
difficult because our tactics were so different, but by
that time, I suppose you can say I had gotten use to it
and after that week, Zach had said a lot of things that
were very rude and ignorant and quite frankly I was
angry at him and yeah I did encourage my dad to knot
him. At the time, I felt as though he deserved
Q: You and
your Dad turned on Jessica and Eric before they had a
chance to do it to you, and you hoped that they would
understand that it was just strategy. Do you think that
you would have been able to understand that it was just
strategy on their part, without taking it personally,
if they had managed to be the ones to turn on you first
- and ended up final 2?
Daniele: Of course I would understand its just
strategy, I mean I would’ve been mad the game was
up & mad at myself for not acting sooner, but I
don’t have to be…
ABOUT OTHER HOUSEGUESTS / TIME IN THE
Q: What was your best and worst moment/experience in
Daniele: Best moments : Nick, Joe's impersonations
& dancing., winning.. haha.
“Honestly”, my favorite weeks were when my
dad and I were on the block together, we got a long
the best & had fun.
Worst moments : crying. I hated crying in that house.
& fighting with my dad.
Q: They always say that hindsight is 20/20 ... what do
you know now that you wish you had known while you were
in the house?
Daniele: That Eric was Americas player…
Q: When you hear the name Jen, what is the first word
that pops into your head?
Q: Amber seems to forget that we all saw her on
Showtime After Dark and live feeds and we heard
comments that she made about you and other HGs and some
people in general. What do you think of the comment
Amber made about her being portrayed differently
because of editing on the show?
Daniele: I haven’t watched the entire show
yet, so its hard to say, but from what I’ve seen,
its accurate & I truly think she set herself up. As
what the buck says, “the people who say
they’re good people are usually the worst kind of
Q: Have you been watching any of the re-feeds and the
Show? If so...
Is it weird watching yourself and the other HGs? I have
only seen some of the show & I thought it would be
weird, but its just funny realizing why people did
What was your reaction to watching the show and what
surprised you the most about it?
Daniele: So far I've only seen 16 episodes, I was
surprised that the reason Jameka gave up her HoHs was
because she told Eric she would play for him….
Q: Have you learned anything about yourself that you
might want to improve on?
Daniele: I've learned a ton about myself. Don’t
take things for granted. That can touch on MANY
Q: What is your impression of the HGs now that the show
is over and you have had the chance to speak to them
outside of the BB house?
Daniele: Haven't talked to many people. Same
impressions really, nothing really surprised me, saw
everyone's true colors in the house.
Q: Has your opinion changed on them? …
If so, who and how specifically?
Daniele: I'm a lot better friends with Kail then I
thought I would be. I simply adore her to
Q: Do you see yourself keeping in touch with any of the
HGs other than Nick and your dad? If so, why them in
particular and not another?
Daniele: Kail. Just left Rainbow Oregon actually.
Most beautiful place!! Kail and her family, I will
definitely visit regularly.
Joe. It's Joe, who doesn’t love a
Honestly that’s probably all. Others maybe over
text or myspace but I'm not going to fake being friends
with people I’ll only talk to those I actually
have interest in keeping in contact with. & they
have my number…
Q: At the very first glance at your dad, did you think
"oh shit" or "Alliance baby"?
Daniele: I knew I would have to align with him, but
emotionally, it was a LOT harder than I thought it
would be to just see him. It really hit me.
Q: Shirley (Yana's Mom), jclacy43, ElleNaturelle,
tinytina333: (asked the same question): Hi Daniele. I
just wanted to let you know that you were my favorite
this year, and if you couldn't win, at least it was
your Dad, and also do you think, now that the show is
over, that you, Vincent, and your Dad will be
Daniele: Thank you!! Seriously, thank you. and yeah I know life
isnít going to be perfect, but you know were getting a long really
well and texting and calling all the time, trips planned for the very
near future, so I'm definitely liking where all of this
Q: Did you think in a million years that Big Brother
would help you and your Dad get closer?
Daniele: Hopeful, yes, Expecting results, no. Who
woulda thunk it?! :D
Q: Are there plans to attend counseling with your Dad
now that the show has ended and keep working on your
Daniele: No plans, as of now we are doing really
well, my family is all very stubborn, including myself.
We all like to be in charge and be right, its hard when
you’re so persistent and it causes a lot of head
Q: Is there any truth to the rumors that you &/or
your dad will be appearing in another reality show? If
so can you give us any info on it?
Daniele: Well.. I can neither confirm nor deny.. but
there are offers flying around & meetings in the
works so, who knows…
Q: Have you had any contact with Kris? We didn't see
him at the finale, so just wondering what happened
there because it seemed like you and Nick were pretty
much together once you left the Big Brother house. And
without invading his privacy, are you content with the
way the situation resolved with Kris?
Daniele: Okay, this is the first and probably only
time I will touch on this subject. We chose who we
wanted to be at the finale. I don’t want to bring
Kris into any of this for respect and his privacy. I
was not married, and yes I feel awful about the way
things happened but it was not planned and you cant
help emotions, but yes you can help how you act on
those emotions. It wasn’t the best way to deal
with it by kissing Nick in the house, but it happened
and that’s it.
Q: Were you open to developing feelings for a HG, or
was this something completely unexpected?
Daniele: If you saw any of my interviews before
entering the house, when asked about a
“showmance” my answer was.. no, not going
to happen. Of course I wasn’t expecting it and
definitely not looking for it.
Q: I heard that you would be making a trip to Minnesota
soon with Nick. Do you plan on meeting up with Janelle
Daniele: Did go to MN, didn’t get to see
Q: Have you made it to Minnesota for a visit yet? If
so, how was the Starcevic ranch?
Daniele: Yes, I did go to Minnesota for almost a
week, its lovely there and his parents are terrific.
Unfortunately, I’m not made for the country and
my allergies were simply awful the entire time. Also,
his cat Simba is a butthead.
Q: While you were in the house was it hard for you to
keep your true feelings for Nick to yourself when he
would tell you how he felt about you? It looked like
you wanted to tell him so many times.
Daniele: It was hard and so
“frustrating” because he would get so upset
at me for not telling him how I felt. It was a very
confusing situation to be in and was extremely hard on
Q: On the subject of Nick... People have speculated
that you and Nick did "something" under the covers in
the Big Brother house. Any comments? (A lot of people
argued for most of the season you didn't do anything
and the rest argued you did.)
Daniele: We kissed. Period, end of story. The reason
we were under the covers so much was because we liked
to talk with our microphones off and not get
Q: Will you and Nick live together when he arrives in
CA and are you taking that trip to Europe with
Daniele: NO. I will not be living with Nick. And yes
on Europe, hopefully soon.
Q: At what point during the show did you know that you
and Nick would be together (you were hesitant to show
your feelings while he was in the house)?
Daniele: “honestly” never.
Q: How are you and Nick doing?
Daniele: We are doing well. Just took a road-trip
cross country and just taking things slow.
SINCE THE SHOW
Q: How is life outside the house like? We know it's
only been a short time, but what things did you take
for granted, miss, etc?
Daniele: I've just been laying low. Hanging out with
my best friend Lindsay ALL the time. I took fast food
for granted for sure. Haha.
Q: Once you got outside the house, were you surprised
to know you were not thought of by everyone as
Daniele: No. not at all. My dad was the one
constantly saying I was. You know everyone thinks that
I think so highly of myself, but going into the house I
knew people are gonna love me and people are going to
hate me. I know I'm nowhere near perfect, but I'm ok with
that. I just didn’t want to be Americas least
Q: What is the biggest adjustment you have had to make
since leaving the Big Brother house?
Daniele: Watching television.. I use to be so
obsessed. I still don’t watch it yet, I need to
start, hello project runway is
Q: Past big brother houseguests have always said that
the experience is much different that they thought it
was. What was the biggest thing that surprised you
about the whole big brother experience?
Daniele: OMG EVERYTHING to the max. Not one thing was
how I thought it would be, everything I never imaged
happened. I now have much more respect for EVERY past
Q: I'd love to know if you intend to start posting in
your Livejournal again? I think it'd be a great way to
keep your fans posted and stuff. I loved you as a
person, so I'd be interested in continuing reading!!!
(From - Rnettleton)
Daniele: I'm really not sure, I never thought my
journal would’ve gotten to the entire world. I
was actually really embarrassed when I found out it
had. Its just weird. But I am debating it, maybe if I
get enough people harassing me to do it.. ;D
Q: I would like to know what your thoughts are on the
fact that of all the houseguests are selling normal
items on eBay, and what you think about the fact that
your items are selling for hundreds more. I would also
like to know if you realize that you have so many fans,
not just the ones bashing you relentlessly.
Daniele: Well thank you very much. I think its silly
people are paying so much. I'm just a normal average
girl from orange county, but if its hot.. I have bills
you know. Hehe. Its silly, but flattering
Q: Is an entertainment career in your future? We've
read that you wanted to go back to school for
education, which is great, but still wondering if there
were an opportunity would you go for it?
Daniele: I definitely want to go back to school, the
only reason I stopped going was because I
couldn’t afford it (I was paying for it on my
own). As for entertainment, I'm not going to go looking
for anything, if it falls in my lap, ill take it. But I
truly didn’t and still don’t expect
anything from this experience.
Q: Many people said that they love your unique fashion
sense! Have you ever considered becoming a clothing
Daniele: Well thank you, thank you. I love
fashion. I need to learn how to sew. !!! But if I had
my dream job, id be a fashion photographer.
Someone teach me how to sew…
Q: Have you received any offers to do TV appearances,
modeling jobs or anything else, as a result of being on
Daniele: We’ll see…
Q: What exposure are you hoping to gain from being on
BB? Would you consider doing more reality TV? Shows
like Survivor or Amazing Race or Acting/Modeling?
Daniele: I expect nothing, like I said I wont be
searching for anything, if it falls in my lap, ill take
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Daniele: Hopefully graduated, taller, blonder…
just kidding. Just happy. And still in OC.
Q: Since you live in a town (Huntington Beach) with a
dog beach do you ever take Mufasa there? Or to the Dog
Park they have there? (Marty)
Daniele: I take him to the park ALL the time. He
loves it. The beach, not so much.. only for BB tv..
Q: On the show, you were portrayed as being somewhat
spoiled. Are you upset by the way in which you were
edited to appear?
Daniele: For those who think I’m spoiled.. its
so ridiculous to me that it's funny. Yeah, I have stuff,
but everything I have I have worked for myself. I've
never been handed anything in life so everything I
have, I have earned. If you think I’m spoiled,
you seriously don’t know me. I work so much to
pay my bills and I didn’t grow up in orange
county, I moved there after I could afford it. I've gone
through times working over 80 hours a pay period
(serving) just to be able to pay rent.
Q: Yana says, "Hi Daniele! First, Thank you and
congrats. I am so happy for you and your dad!!!
I just love the way you dress and love how you do your
make-up. I was wondering about a couple of things.
First, where do your do your shopping? Also, what kind
of make-up do you use? Plus I love your make-up train
case...where did you get that?
I hope to see you in more shows. Thank you again for
Daniele: Thanks Yana, you're a sweetheart. I shop
EVERYWHERE. I love Urban Outfitters, Forever 21,
I love outlets! I’m a bargain shopper-deluxe I use mostly MAC
makeup. My case is a MAC case.
Q: You were very good at NOT exposing yourself during
the show. Would you ever consider doing Playboy?
Daniele: No. I would not. I'm a very conservative
girl, and I don’t like being naked.. ever, so
Q: First off congrats on a great summer and a new found
budding relationship. My question: How do you feel
about meeting your fans and would you ever consider
say, having lunch or dinner and drinks with them if
they were ever in your neck of the woods? (Ladee
Daniele: I love meeting people. Everyone is so nice
to meet and of course I would hang out. :D
Q: Secondly, have you ever considered a career in
modeling? (After seeing the reality awards show pics
with you and Nick, OMG you're gorgeous and very
photogenic, not to mention the camera loves you, girl -
you should certainly consider it.)
Daniele: haha well thank you. I think modeling might
be fun, but again its nothing I would seek out,
they’ll have to care enough to find me. :]
SPENDING THE PRIZE MONEY
Q: Has your father agreed to pay for your college
education, and if so, where will you be applying?
Daniele: Yes he has. And I was attending Long Beach
State University, but I don’t want to go back
there, it depends if I decide to continue with my
photography major or switch to education. My dream
school is Brooks.
Q: Will your Dad be purchasing anything for you in the
future (seeing you can't "share")?
Daniele: A CAR!!! Yippee!! I cant wait. Really,
Q: Have you purchased a new vehicle yet and what kind
will you look at and/or purchasing?
Daniele: Haha, not yet, but ASAP!! I currently have
an ’00 eclipse. I think I want an ’08
spider eclipse. Nothing too showy.
Q: If you had won the grand prize do you believe that
you would have gifted any of the winnings to your
Daniele: I don’t know why everyone think I
wouldn’t, the answer is yes, I would have
definitely helped him pay off a lot of bills he was
behind on. And a Europe trip.
Q: Daniele, Did you get Nick the monkey? I hope not,
they can be mean, and fling their poo at 'ya!! You won,
just by repairing your relationship with your dad!!!
Congrats! Hope to see you on TV again soon!! (From -
Daniele: No, no monkey for him. Haha. I heard they're
mean too. Maybe ill adopt one at the zoo. Hehe.
Q: Have you purchased anything crazy and frivolous for
yourself with your prize money yet?
Daniele: I really haven’t had time to spend
anything yet. But I'm really good with money, I plan on
saving most of it.
FAN COMMENTS (NOT REALLY QUESTIONS)
C: Donnie from Mechanicsville, MD says: Hey Daniele! I
absolutely love you and I was rooting for you literally
from week one. You are by the most amazing BB player
ever, and you definitely deserved the 500,000! Good
luck with everything in life and Maryland sends their
love!!!!!! Absolutely incredible!
Daniele: Wow, thank you so much Donnie. That really
means a lot to hear. <3
C: Loved watching you this summer you definitely played
the best game despite the votes. Congrats! Hoping you
put Nick's shirt on eBay because you now have the real
thing to hold on too. (From - Janiegirl2)
Daniele: Thanks Janiegirl.!! & the shirt has
been thru eBay ;]
C: Daniele, you have many fans at Morty's TV
(www.tvfanforums.net) & we were rooting so hard for
you & your Dad. Please know that the majority of us
are terribly embarrassed by the low IQ's & lack of
humanity that a few loudmouthed bashers displayed this
year. (From - dumblonde)
Daniele: Thanks blonde, you know, no matter what
people are going to have opinions. People will say how
awful you are in even more awful ways. You just have to
let it go and not take it to heart. My dad says,
“consider the source” and its so true.
“if you're criticizing me, at least you're giving
everyone else a break”
C: Congratulations on your win. Thanks from Cheryl from
room 1(15) we all loved watching you. Good luck.
Daniele: Thanks Cheryl!!!
C: Hey Daniele loved you on the show (From
Daniele: Thanks Kelsey!! <3
OPEN-ENDED CLOSING QUESTIONS
Q: Donnie from Mechanicsville, MD says, I am applying
for Big Brother 9 and I am worried. I am in college and
have about a year left. Do you think it is worth taking
the semester off and what advice can you give me about
Daniele: “Honestly” try out. It’s
a chance of a lifetime, if you make it, take summer
school next year. Advice? Cover your heart with cement.
Q: What do you have to say to your fans?
Daniele: I love all of you more than you know. All
of the wonderful letters and comments really mean a
lot. Especially those of you who can relate to the
parent situation and to hear so many people saying that
its an inspiration is heart warming!
Q: Any final thoughts or anything you would like to say
to people out there reading?
Daniele: Whether you love me or hate me,
you’re still talking. To those who love me, I
really adore all of you and thank you from the bottom
of my heart. For those who hate me, I don’t