Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m originally from Dundas, Ontario but I trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in the UK and have spent most of the last 13 years in London. Because of the pandemic, I haven’t been able to travel home and it’s been almost two years since I set foot back in Canada! I’ve never felt so homesick, but I’m finally returning next week and I cannot wait to be reunited with my family again and finally meet my new nephew!
You had a role in the Theatre Aquarius production of “The King and I” at age 13. Was that the point you decided you wanted to pursue a career in acting?
It has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. But the actual “decision” to put everything I had into it didn’t occur until nearly a decade later. When I graduated from high school I was accepted into the general Arts & Science program at Queen’s University, as well as the acting program at York University. At 18 I was actually too scared to commit to that path, so I ended up going to Queen’s and doing a dual degree in Drama and Psychology. I had the most incredible experience while I was there, and did so many shows while I studied, and those four years provided me with the time I needed to be 100% certain that there was nothing else that could make me as happy as acting does.
How did your time at the London Academy of Dramatic Art help you evolve as an actor?
The training was intense – 5-6 days/week, sometimes 12 hours/day. It introduced me to an extremely diverse world of theatre – classical, modern, physical, as well as screen acting, and even radio. I’ve done several radio plays since finishing at LAMDA and they are so much fun to do. I played Benjamin Braddock in a radio adaptation of The Graduate and it was one of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve ever done. So I’d say that LAMDA prepared me for all the different branches of the industry, and provided me with a strong foundation of technique that is invaluable, especially when you’re doing eight shows a week in front of a huge West End audience.
What can audiences expect from this season of Purgatory?
Season 2 begins with a flashback revealing the truth about what my character did that led to him and the others being imprisoned in the cave and becoming the victims of this elaborate revenge plot. As the season progresses, more blood is spilled. Time is winding down as those imprisoned in the cave desperately try to find a way to escape, and those on the outside get closer to finding them.
What can you tell us about your role as Christopher?
Chris is a successful, affluent, and confident young man whose privilege from having a powerful, diplomatic father has protected him his entire life. But someone is looking for revenge for a terrible crime he was involved in, a secret he has buried for 8 years. He’s a complex character, oscillating between crippling guilt and commanding confidence.
What’s next for your career?
The industry has been on its knees for over a year because of the pandemic. But in the past couple of months, the number of auditions coming in has been steadily increasing and I’m very excited to see what my next project will be.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
Stop caring about what other people think. If there was one thing I would change about my time at LAMDA, it would be that. I was afraid to fail. I’m a people-pleaser, so I always tried to be a good student. I received fantastic training at LAMDA, but I would have evolved more if I didn’t have that fear of “getting it wrong”.
What’s your life like off-set?
It’s pretty tame haha. Because an acting career is so unpredictable, and you often feel like there’s very little within your control, I compensate for that in the other areas of my life. So I’m a massive fitness freak – I have my daily workout routines and nutrition plans, and that has led me into doing some modeling work. I’m so happy the theatres and movie theatres have opened again because I go as much as my bank account will allow me to.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
I’m mostly active on instagram – @dannymahoney1, but I also tweet occasionally – @danny_mahoney1