Sweet Valley High
“If you've been told all your life that you're good looking, people just flock around you and you never really have to try or have to learn an interesting craft, skill or hobby, or even have depth.” Brittany Daniel
Brittany Daniel is a former teen model who has successfully transitioned to acting. Making her TV acting debut in an episode of “The New Leave It to Beaver” (1987), alongside twin sister Cynthia Daniel, she first gained recognition as Mila in the syndicated daytime drama “Swans Crossing” (1992), where she netted a Young Artist nomination. The attractive blonde performer did not enjoy true fame until she was paired with her sister for popular Doublemint Gum commercials in 1993 and then in the syndicated series “Sweet Valley High” (1994-1997), where Brittany starred as the more chaotic half of the Wakefield twins, Jessica. The twins jointly picked up a Young Artist Award in 1995 for their acting work. While Cynthia turning her attention to photography, the five minute older Daniel twin went on to establish a solid acting career with roles in films such as “Joe Dirt” (2001), “Broken Lizard's Club Dead” (2004), “White Chicks” (2004) and “Totally Awesome” (2006, TV) as well as in the short lived Fox sitcom “That '80s Show” (2002, as Sophie) and the sport themed series “The Game” (2006-2009, as Kelly Pitt). Brittany earned a MTV Movie nomination for her role in “Little Man” (2006) and a L.A. Festival award for “Last of the Romantics” (2007).
Brittany was once named one of AIM's “100 Hottest Blondes.” In 2002, she was listed as one of Stuff magazine's “102 Sexiest Women In The World” and ranked No. 69 in Maxim Magazine's “Hot 100 of 2002” supplement.
Brittany dated Joshua Jackson, her costar on “Dawson's Creek,” from 1999 to 2000. In 2001, she was romantically linked to “On Hostile Ground” costar John Corbett. Brittany is a vegetarian. She stated, “I've been a vegetarian for so long, I forgot how much I missed meat. You know you don't realize how important meat is to you until you don't have it for long time.”
Childhood and Family:
Brittany Ann Daniel was born in Gainesville, Florida on March 17, 1976, five minutes earlier than her twin sister Cynthia Daniel. Her father, Chartlon B Daniel Jr., was a member of the Florida State University Systems Board of Regents. He ran for Mayor of Gainesville, Florida, in 2004. Her mother's named is Carolyn Daniel. Brittany, known by family and close friends by the nicknames Boo Boo and Britt, also has an older brother named Brad Raylius Daniel (born in 1968). The three siblings were raised by devout Catholic parents.
At age 11, Britt and her sister began working professionally as print models. The girls later easily made the transformation to acting. In 1992, Britt left her family and moved to New York City to work on “Swans Crossing.” She returned home for her high school graduation in 1994 (Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Florida).
Currently residing in Los Angeles, C.A., Britt enjoys roller blading and rock climbing. She has two nephews, Ryland (born in September 2004) and Colt Daniel Hauser (born in June 2008) from her sister's marriage to actor Cole Hauser. On September 24, 2008, Britt's father passed away in Gainesville from cancer.
11 year old Brittany Daniel got her start as a print model, alongside her twin sister Cynthia. They both appeared in teen publications such as “YM,” “Sassy” and “Seventeen.” The girls had their first acting experience when they landed bit parts in a fantasy episode on “The New Leave It to Beaver” called “Man's Greatest Achievements” in 1987.
Brittany made her debut as a series regular when she won the role of Mila Rosnovsky in the syndication teen drama “Swans Crossing,” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Shane McDermott. The show aired from June to September 1992. In 1993, Brittany received a Young Artist nomination for Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series for her work on the show.
Also in1993, Brittany were reunited with her sister to star as Doublemint Twins in gum commercials. The following year, they were hired to star as the Wakefields in the syndication television series “Sweet Valley High,” based on the book series of the same name by Francine Pascal. The show ran from September 5, 1994, to October 14, 1997. For her portrayal of the calculating cheerleader Jessica, Brittany took home a 1995 Young Artist for Best Performance: Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series, an honor she shared with her sister, who portrayed Elizabeth. While working on the show, the twins also acted together in the feature film “The Basketball Diaries” (1995), adapted from Jim Carroll's 1978 memoir of the same title. The drama was helmed by Scott Kalvert from a screenplay by Bryan Goluboff and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio and Mark Wahlberg. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $2,424,439 domestically.
After the demise of “Sweet Valley High,” Brittany began working on her own when her sister decided to leave show business in favor of a career as a photographer. In 1999, she landed a recurring role on “Dawson's Creek” playing Eve Whitman. The same year, Brittany teamed up with James Russo and Ice-T in the independent thriller “Sonic Impact” (1999), which won a Silver Award for Independent Theatrical Feature Films - Action/Adventure at the 2000 WorldFest in Houston. Brittany was next seen in the TV films “Fortunate Son” (2000, directed by Tucker Gates and written by Jim Leonard) and “On Hostile Ground” (2000, opposite John Corbett and Jessica Steen) and in the comedy film “Joe Dirt” (2001), in which she portrayed Brandy, the girlfriend of David Spade. In 2002, after a guest stint on “That '70s Show,” Brittany returned to series TV as a regular on the Fox sitcom “That '80s Show.” The show ran for a single season from January to May 2002.
Brittany was next cast as Brynn Martin in the unsold pilot “111 Gramercy Park” (2003), opposite Frank Langella, Peter Strauss and Erica Durance, and played Sarah in the episode “The Goodbye Girl” of “Just Shoot Me” (also 2003) before returning to the big screen in the comedy “Club Dread” (2004), where she played the notable supporting role of Jenny, opposite Bill Paxton as Coconut Pete. Written by the comedy group Broken Lizard and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the group members, the film received mixed reviews by film critics. Later that same year, she was cast with Shawn and Marlon Wayans in the comedy “White Chicks,” playing Megan Vandergeld. Helmed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and written and produced by Keenen, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, the film received negative reviews from critics but was a success at the box office. In between the movies, she appeared in the pilot episode of the NBC drama “North Shore” (2004).
In 2005, Brittany worked with Cuba Gooding Jr., Keith David, Clifton Collins Jr., and actor Cole Hauser in the film “Dirty,” for director Chris Fisher. She then began her two episodic role of Carmen in the FX comedy series “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The following year, she portrayed Carly Phillips in the TV film “Community Service,” alongside Christian S. Anderson, Robert Michael Morris, Mike Kimmel, Menyone DeVeaux and Jay Mohr, and offered a memorable portrayal of Kimberly in the VH1 comedy film “Totally Awesome,” which spoofed a number of 1980s movies. In addition, Brittany costarred with Joleigh Fioravanti and Bret Roberts in Chris Fisher's thriller “Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders,” played the supporting role of Dani Cummings, opposite Cory Knauf as Francis Hamilton, in the thriller “The Hamiltons,” which was written and directed by Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores, and was reunited with the Wayans Brothers for the comedy “Little Man.” Brittany was nominated for a 2007 MTV Movie for Best Kiss for her work in “Little Man.”
In October 2006, Brittany began her regular role on “The Game,” a spin-off of the long running UPN/CW sitcom “Girlfriends.” In the series, she was cast as Kelly Pitts, the former wife of Jason Pitts (played by Coby Bell) and mother of Brittany Pitts (played by Erica Gluck). The show was canceled in May 2009.
Brittany next took the role of Sarah Xavier in Vohn Regensburger's film “Last of the Romantics” (2007) and picked up the L.A. Festival's Feature Film Award for Best Actress for her acting. The same year, she starred with Dash Mihok in the independent romantic comedy “Loveless in Los Angeles,” which was written and directed by Archie Gips. The film's cast also included Navi Rawat, Geoffrey Arend, James Lesure and Stephen Tobolowsky.
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (L.A. Festival): Feature Film Award, Best Actress, “Last of the Romantics,” 2007
Young Artist: Best Performance: Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series, “Sweet Valley High,” 1995 (shared with Cynthia Daniel)