Tuesday nights are heating up with a new “melanated” diva battling the injustices of today’s society. BET’s “Rebel” is described as a hard-hitting, gritty, complicated and morally ambiguous drama series, featuring many issues ripped from the headlines”. Danielle Mone Truitt plays the show’s the lead, Rebel, an Oakland detective turned private investigator.
Truitt is considered to be a triple threat due to her acting, singing, and dancing abilities. She brought Princess Tiana to life in “The Princess and the Frog” lending her facial expressions and movements to the animators to make the character more like a Black woman. Learn how Truitt is now bringing her character, Rebel to life, being a bad ass, and keeping cute this spring below.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Danielle, Danielle?
Danielle: I am a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. It has taken time for me to get to that place, but now that I am there I think I wear it well. I am a relatable, down to earth chick from Sacramento. I lead with my heart, and I never give up, no matter what the obstacle is that I may be facing.
Fancy: Can you tell us about your character Rebecca “Rebel” Knight. What do you like most about her?
Danielle: Rebel is a woman from Oakland, California, who is a detective turned private investigator. She is a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a lover. She is a champion for her community and a seeker of justice and truth. What I like most about her is that she is unapologetic about her choices, her femininity, and her blackness!
Fancy: How do you get into character? Do you have a ritual or anything?
Danielle: Getting into character for me is pretty simple. I just take a little time to get myself in a still place. I may take a couple deep breaths if I am feeling anxiety for some reason. Then I think about what my character is feeling and experiencing. I am also a woman who prays, so I ask God to take care of the rest.
Fancy: The warm weather of spring is approaching. What will your beauty and skincare regimen consist of?
Danielle: I believe there is beauty in simplicity. I keep my skin moisturized with Kiels. I love Kiels. They have sunscreen in their moisturizer. I also love a good bronzer! I try to stay away from heavy foundations as much as possible. Hair wise, I rock heat-free, natural styles and currently have very long, awesome braids!
Fancy: What are your top three fashion “must haves” or staple pieces for spring?
Danielle: I LOVE DRESSES!!! So, a cute sundress is always good for me. I love rompers and shoes. A cute sandal is a must!
Be sure to catch Danielle on BET’s “Rebel” premiering next Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 9 EST, and look for the rest of her interview in our upcoming issue.