cynthia lynn daniel
Date of birth: 17 March, 1976
Place of Birth: Gainesville, Florida
Nickname: Cyn, Lu Lu
Birthmarks: Cynthia has a birthmark by her belly button
Hobbies: Going to the beach, working out, rollerblading
Movies: "I don't really have one, but all of us girls on the show would sit around singing songs from Grease."
TV Shows: Melrose Place, Saturday Night Live, Cheers
Actresses: Party of Five, My So-Called Life, Seinfeld, Sweet Valley High
Singer: Sheryl Crow
Color: Grey, Green, Black
Book: Sweet Valley High
Sports: "I was a cheerleader in high school, but I like watching football and soccer."
Sports Team: University of Florida Gators
TV commercial for Doublemint Gum....with Brittany(1993)
The Basketball Diaries(1995)...as Winkie
Sweet Valley High(1994-1998)...as Elizabeth Wakefield
MTV's Singled Out and Fame or Shame...with Brittany(1996)
TV commercial for McDonalds...with Brittany(1999)
TV commercial for Biore...(1999)
TV commercial for 10-10-9000....(1999)
TV commercial for Sony CD Recorder....(1999)
1. Cynthia is a vegitarian
2. Cynthia made up a secret language with her twin sister Brittany so their parents wouldn't understand them when eavesdropping
3. Cynthia, along with Brittany, is a recipient of the Young Artist Award for Best Actress for her role in Sweet Valley High
4. Cynthia was chosen Homecoming queen in high school
5. In high school, Cynthia was a cheerleader
6. Embarassing moment: "My bathing suit top popped off in front of these two guy friends of mine."
7. Cynthia is younger than Brittany by five minutes
8. Cynthia is also an inch shorter than Brittany
write to Cynthia at:
c/o Michael Amato Theatrical
1650 Broadway #307
New York, NY 10019-6833
note: most of these are from a while ago
To some, they are known as the Doublemint twins for their work in hawking chewing gum in TV commercials; to others, they're the naughty and nice doppelgangers of the syndicated high school soap Sweet Valley High. Now nineteen-year-old Cynthia and Brittany Daniel are taking a shot at the big screen as Winkie and Binkie, a pair of middle-class sisters whose sinister synergy makes them the perfect score for Leonardo DiCaprio's Jim and Patrick McGaw's Neutron in The Basketball Diaries.
"We totally feed off each other. It's like we're Siamese twins or something." says Cynthia.
"At auditions people will ask, 'Can we choose just one of you?' " Notes Brittany.
"But it's not as if we're going to break down and cry if they do," adds Cynthia.
And Brittany? "In the future, we don't want to take any more twins roles. I don't want us to be thirty years old and known as the twins, like the Barbi twins in Playboy." You can say that again.
TV Hits: You left Sweet Valley High recently. Was that hard?
Brittany: It was weird and really sad because we spent so much time with these people. They're all wonderful - certain people become your family. But we stay in touch.
TV Hits: Have you had any movie role offers after starring in The Basketball Diaries with Leonardo DiCaprio in 1995?
Cynthia: No more movies with Leo so far! We were offered parts in a Reese Witherspoon movie called Freeway but we were shooting Sweet Valley High at the time so it was impossible. Now Brittany and I are forming a show together! We're creating it now so hopefully it will go ahead. It looks good at the moment and it should start shooting in March.
TV Hits: Do you two get along well together?
Cynthia: Yeah, we live together and we work together. We're just really good together because we're good at communticating. And we give each other space - we both have boyfriends so we do our own things.
TV Hits: We hear you're in college now. What's it like?
Brittany: We're doing Geology, Psychology and Photography. the other day we were saying to each other, 'Isn't this great, nobody knows us here.' And, of course, as soon as we said that, a few people came up to us and knew who we were. (laughs)
TV Hits: If you could work on any show, what would it be?
Cynthia: Party of Five, because it's got a good mixture of drama and comedy. You could learn a lot from those people. Something like that would be fun.
"NO MORE," say Cynthia and Brittany in unison. (They do that a lot, they're twins.) For these teenaged lovelies, no means no.
"The whole twin thing gets so old," continues Brittany, while Cynthia tastes her succulent fruit salad, its juices lubricating the secret recesses of her mouth. "I just want to break up. We've always shared everything together, we live together. We just want our own thing." I think we know what "thing" she's talking about.
Turning down twin roles is going to be difficult for this dynamic duo, because at the tender- though no less ripe- age of nineteen they've already established themselves as the hot twins in Hollywood. From starring in the nationally-syndicated preteen drama "Sweet Valley High," to Doublemint commercials, to small but-ahem-memorable roles in the "Basketball Diaries," Brittany and Cynthia Daniel have taken the twin market like a team of dominatrixes, chains dangling and whips unsheathed.
But they maintain perspective despite their popularity.
"I think the whole notion of being hot in Hollywood is kind of silly because you'll be popular one day and then nothing the next," speculates Cynthia. "And I mean you can be so big and so great, but then if you do one bad movie, you suck. And it's not true; you just had a bad break."
Could it be that Cynthia and Brittany are too hot? That their heavenly bodies could reach a critical mass of hotness and suddenly implode like a red dwarf?
"I think you can be played out," avers Cynthia.
"You can be like overexposed," concurs Brittany. "Like, you know, Jonathon Brando? He is so played out." (We have no idea who this person is.-ed.)
The Twins emerged from their cocoon a couple of years ago, moving from their native Gainesville, Fla. to L.A. to get into acting, spread their wings and fly. After beating out another pair of twins for both a Doublemint ad and "Sweet Valley High," (suckas), Cynthia and Brittany are settling into their adult lives as Hollywood's newest bellissima innocents.
"I feel like sometimes people try to take advantage of us," claims Brittany. "Just because they know we're not from here. Like guys. You're like, 'No, I'm not from here,' and they're like, 'Oh, really?' And they think they can do the little lines on me and stuff."
But one guy whose lines apparently did work on them was good friend, Oscar-nominee, Details cover boy and star of "The Basketball Diaries," Leonardo DiCaprio. He convinced Brittany and Cynthia to take the roles of rich, precocious, sexually licentious twins for the film, a part they had initially rejected.
"We read the script and were like, I don't want to do this, like maybe it was a B-rated film," recalls Brittany. "I've never read the book. I want to now; the book's supposed to be better. Have you guys read it?"
B-rated or not, the roles were certainly a switch from their squeaky-clean daytime hit, "Sweet Valley High." In it, Cynthia and Brittany play twin social queens, and their young and impressionable audience looks up to them. (During our interview, over brunch in a Beverly Hills restaurant, Cynthia started to take out a cigarette, then put it away after noticing a girl checking her out. The fan soon came over to get autographs from both twins; Bob Dole would have been proud.)
The twins are at an age when they can transcend teenage cuteness to cross over into full-on sex goddesses. Yet they seem almost unaware of their sex appeal.
"Someone already said that we looked more like Playboy bunnies than Sweet Valley High girls," says Brittany. "I was like, 'What's that supposed to mean?'"
We know exactly what it means, Brittany: It means people are going to start asking you to take your clothes off for the camera.
So: Can Bikini readers around the globe look forward to twin peeks, coming soon to a theatre near you?
"I might do it if it's meaningful," says Brittany.
"I wouldn't do it if it's just a sex scene, but if it's right for the movie," repeats Cynthia. "Did you see Nell?" Showing a canny, insiders-view of Hollywood, she continues, "I heard that new Australian guy on "BayWatch" is doing Playgirl; it's like everybody's taking their clothes off."
Either way, they'll be doin' their own thing. When their "SVH" contract runs out, Cynthia and Brittany are busting loose: Cynthia is going to dye her hair red, and Brittany is going to cut it short.
"I'm just sick of the little blonde hair, blue eyes, California girl look," says Brittany in disgust.
"I hate that," harmonizes Cynthia. "We look like everybody else."
got some info?
If you have any additional info on Cynthia Daniel(interviews, photos, filmography notes, etc.), please send them in the form below :)