Daphne Joy is an actress in Los Angeles of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent. She is a very ambitious, sexy, and career driven woman not only participating in charity fashion shows, but music videos such as Neyo Video’s “Miss Independent“, and starring as a mermaid in Johnny Depp’s latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. We sit down with Miss Daphne and talk about her haters, her career choices, and the audition process of a big blockbuster summer movie. Read below for the full interview…
You’ve had a great year this year! A big blockbuster movie and the launch of your website! You’re one of the few models that really embraces social media and the internet. In what way do you feel technology can enhance career visibility?
Daphne: Thank you, I appreciate that! Yes, I’ve had a great year this year. I feel very focused and I’m determined to see my dreams come true. I feel that social media is very important for marketing nowadays because it can travel to your readers and fans faster, to let them in on what’s going on with you. I’ve had my ways and tactics to gain the popularity I’ve gained online and I dont want to give it away too much [laughs]. I am happy that it has been working in my favor to continously promote all the projects I am working on.
I suppose casting a wide net resulting in exposure can be both good and bad, right? How do you feel about having fans and haters out there?
Daphne: Well I always say haters are confused admirers. I mean, for everyone that hates on you, there must be a reason they are still paying attention to you. You just have to always look at the glass full vs half empty. If I listened to all the negative things people have said about me or my looks, I would’ve stopped a long time ago. But, I guess I’m doing something right because my site had a huge rating its first day of launch, without hardly any promotion. Haters are actually helping more then they are hurting. So all I have to say is I love my haters and I love my fans!
After moving to L.A. you stated that you had to adapt to the “American” culture. What was the biggest culture shock moving from Olongapo, to California?
Daphne: The language. I was probably the quietest girl in my class until about 4th or 5th grade. I had to take extra language classes to get the English language down and at times it was really frustrating for me to just ask the teacher a question or to ask for simple things in school. But like my mom always says, I was speaking Tagalog one day and the next I was a full on American speaking girl, with no accent or nothing. So I guess the extra classes paid off [laughs].
Mike Ho has been a good friend of the site! What was it like being the focus of one of his projects?
Daphne: Mike and I have been wanting to work for almost a year now, but I wanted to really do a project with him that would be beneficial for the both of us. Something that had a purpose. Everytime I work with a new photographer or videographer, I always look through their work to see if there’s some type of technique they have that I know I could really work with. Sometimes I even wait to see if they get better, and that’s really when I’m more amped to work with them, because now they’ve got it down and they’ll know exactly what I want out the shoot. So with saying all of that, this is why I chose to collab with Mike because I started seeing him only get better and better at his craft. Now I feel we’ve developed a comfort zone and understanding of each others visions and that’s when people can really make magic.
This past summer you portrayed a mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Is this the beginning of more movie roles for you in the future?
Daphne: Im very blessed to have landed that role and to been a part of such an amazing cast. It definitely motivates me to persue acting more, and currently I am doing all the right things to continue landing more roles in the future.
How did you hear about the role? What were the auditions like?
Daphne: I was introduced to the role through my manager. The auditions were intimidating because you’re up against very gorgeous women, and you really dont know what the casting agents are looking for. I was auditioning with about 60 models and the casting was held at a huge pool…and they basically asked us to warm up and swim laps, then we got into small groups and learned “mermaid moves”. After that, we all individually auditioned in the pool with the new moves we just learned, and that was that! Do or Die!. The day the Lakers won the finals was when I got the call, “Congrats Daphne your one of the mermaids in POTC4“. The Lakers won and I landed the role, such a memorable day!
Being in music videos, television shows, movies and more, how do you decide which project is a good career move or not?
Daphne: If it elevates you, adds to your resume, and allows you to try something new. I guess I’ve always had a good hunch with projects that I choose. I’m an aquarius, we’re over analysists [laughs], so I’m always asking myself if this project has more pros then cons, and decide from there.
You have mastered the art of appearing classy, and not trashy. What is the secret to staying tasteful but still exuding sexy?
Daphne: THANK YOU. I really appreciate that. I’ve always believed in “Leave them Wanting More.” You can’t show them everything, because whats next? Having to show even more? Then what’s left of that? Nothing. A woman in her own right is already sexy, we dont always have to overdue it to still be considered sexy.
We have to ask…do you have any favorite Asian films? Care to share a few with us?
Daphne: Hell yeah! Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Host, Fearless, [Memoirs of a] Geisha, and Hero. OMG there’s so many…actually they are some of my favorite movies to watch. They have the best action scenes hands down, with the sword fights etc.
You have a much larger bust than most Asian models, do you feel that has helped or hurted you?
Daphne: Helped me!! [Laughs] I’m half Puerto Rican so I always say my face is Filipino and my body is Puerto Rican. So I’ve always loved the curvy hourglass shape and I embrace that in my lifestyle, clothes I wear, in my shoots, etc.
Your work ethic is crazy, so I imagine you’re not slowing down in 2012. What kind of hosting gigs, fashion shows, films, etc. can we expect from you?
Daphne: I’m going to be doing a few chairty fashion shows in 2012, my store on my website (www.DaphneJoy.com) is going to have some cool merchandise coming soon, I’m hosting an online and on air web show, I have some radio appearances and some party hosting I’m doing in a few cities in the U.S., and working on another project specifically for women….so be on the lookout!
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