The ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ grad will be a series regular in the Renee Zellweger anthology.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Daniella Pineda is Netflix-bound.
The actress has booked a series-regular role in What/If, the anthology drama starring Renee Zellweger.
The 10-episode What/If is described as a social thriller exploring the ripple effects when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The first season revolves around newlyweds who accept a dangerous proposition.
Pineda will play Cassidy, an analytical, conscientious and work-obsessed employee of Bioprint since its inception. As the CFO, she’s the left brain to Lisa’s (Jane Levy) right brain. Cassidy is the kind of woman who does the right thing, even when no one’s looking — a quality that will come to haunt her when she is set up to take a big fall.
Zellweger is said to be playing a shrewd and mercurial San Francisco venture capitalist whose towering successes and meticulously curated public persona is the result of a searing devotion to her unapologetic post-feminist doctrine — not to mention the title of her best-selling book, At Any Cost. Levy and Blake Jenner are reportedly playing the newlyweds. The cast includes Keith Powers, Samantha Ware, Juan Castano and Saamer Usmani.
Pineda’s credits include TBS’ The Detour, The CW’s The Originals and NBC’s American Odyssey. She has an upcoming Blumhouse feature for Universal in the works. She’s repped by UTA and Kirsten Ames.
Mike Kelley, who created ABC’s Revenge and CBS’ Swingtown, came up with the idea for What/If and will serve as showrunner and write the series. Kelley will executive produce alongside Page Fright’s Melissa Loy, Atlas Entertainment’s Alex Gartner and Charles Roven, and Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke of Compari Entertainment. Jackie Levine of Compari will serve as co-exec producer.
A few days ago Daniella attended Vertical Entertainment Presents “In A Relationship” Premiere. The gallery has been updated with pictures of her at the premiere.
Daniella is on the cover (her first cover!) of the Summer/Pre-Fall issue of the digital magazine Genlux. The gallery has been updated with digital scans from the magazine.
The gallery has been updated with screen captures from “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. I loved Daniella in this role. Fingers crossed she’s in the third installment!
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Check out this behind the scenes video interview from Daneilla’s upcoming Genlux Magazine feature.
It’s 2016, and Daniella Pineda can’t stop crying. Pineda, who never planned on becoming an actress and at this time was known for TV roles on The Originals and The Detour, thought she had gotten used to rejection by now. But she found herself unprepared for the pain of coming this close to landing a life-changing Marvel gig (more to come on the superhero part that wasn’t quite meant to be). Luckily, Hollywood not only taketh away but occasionally actually giveth as well, and later that same year she would end up in a similarly star-launching franchise: She plays dinosaur doctor Zia Rodriguez in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters June 22.
“Today feels like my wedding day,” Pineda tells me giddily when we meet up on a mid-June morning at NeueHouse Hollywood, the swanky work space where her publicity team has its offices. It’s just hours before the film holds its star-studded premiere, and members of her Oakland-based extended family have flown in for the festivities. I suggest to the 31-year-old Pineda that the next 10 days before the film opens in theaters are akin to the last 10 days before the rest of her life, and she is quick to agree: “A year before, I was in a rat-infested apartment. So, the hardest part is, I’ve experienced the top of the Christmas tree, and I’m afraid it’s going to be all downhill from here.”
On the contrary, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for her for quite some time. Self-deprecating and charming, stunning but relatable, Pineda’s star quality is undeniable, even if she herself never envisioned an acting career and instead studied radio journalism at Mills College in Oakland, intent on becoming a war correspondent. (“Very happy I didn’t pick that lifestyle,” she says now.) But she was unable to shake her love for writing and directing, and in between doing “every job under the sun” (read: cleaning houses; waiting tables; working in a company’s IT department, where she betrayed her inexperience by earnestly asking one day at work, “What does IT stand for?”), she found time to create a series of YouTube videos poking fun at Hollywood stardom. Her now-manager spotted the videos, and thus began her own path to, well, Hollywood stardom.
“I first knew of Daniella through her sketch-comedy videos, and I thought of her as smart, funny and scrappy, and of course, unfairly beautiful,” Master of None alum Noël Wells, who cast Pineda in the 2017 indie dramedy Mr. Roosevelt, tells Playboy. Says Wells, who wrote, directed and stars in the feature: “At some point during the shoot, I remember thinking, ‘Oh, shit—we have a legitimate movie star on our hands.’”
Oh shit, indeed. And if you’re only familiar with Pineda as someone who casts spells or heals raptors, you’ll probably be surprised by how much she loves comedy—she adored Ace Ventura growing up—and that she’s constantly hilarious. “People never get me right,” Pineda tells me. “I’m either deeply underestimated—people don’t know that I have a knowledge of film and cinema, or that I have other interests [outside of Hollywood]. And people don’t know that I can do comedy and that I went into the business only wanting to do comedy, never wanting to do drama.”