Catching up with Danielle Ryan Chuchran (Mary Ingalls) Exclusive Interview!
Dani! Thanks for taking the time to let us catch up with you and
1. How are things going for you these days?
Things are going fantastic.
2. Any news roles we could be looking for you in?
Yes sir, I have a movie coming out called The Wild Mustang. I also have four episodes on the Bold and the Beautiful airing the end of November and the beginning of December. I start filming November 22nd, on a feature called The Redemption Of Sarah Cain. It is being directed by Michael Landon, Jr.
3. You mention The Wild Mustang as a new film. Could you share with us a little about this project?
It was such a wonderful film to work on. Everybody was so nice. It was fun working with Robert Wagner, Connie Selleca, Fred Ward, and Miranda Cosgrove. The best part of the film for me was riding Mikey, a beautiful Paint.
Click here to visit the Wild Mustang Web site.
4. What, if any, affect did playing Mary Ingalls have on your career?
Little House On The Prairie was such a wonderful experience.
5. Since filming ended on Little House, have you kept in touch or heard from any of the Little House cast and crew?
I still keep in contact with everybody from the show and we remain good friends. I see Kyle at auditions and Ma and I went to lunch last week, and Pa and I e-mail frequently. I even stay in close contact with Sandra, my set teacher, and Lori and Lyle, the animal wranglers.
6. After watching yourself as Mary Ingalls would you change anything about your performance or maybe would like to change something about the show?
I would not change the show a bit. I loved every thing about the show especially David Cunningham, the director and Hans Proppe the producer. The only thing I was disappointed about was Mary did not get to ride a horse.
7. Having played Mary Ingalls do you feel close to the real Mary? Are you both anything alike?
I do, I now understand how much the Ingalls family had to go through, and they were such a strong family. In real life I am not nearly as timid as Mary. I like adventure and challenge.
8. In filming Little House did you have any difficult scenes to film?
There was a scene were we came down the big hill in the wagon, and boy I have to tell you it was hard work trying to keep our balance, ha ha. Also the scene where Laura opened the canvas on the wagon looking for Jack while crossing the river, the water was so cold. The ice had just melted and it was really cold.
9. In our interview with you a couple of years ago we asked you where do you see your career in five years and your response was doing a film like King Arthur. Do you still see that in your career or has your feelings changed?
Yes. I can't wait for the day when I get an adventure film with horses and battles and a lot of action.
10. I recently read your biography on your official Web site, and one of the things I remember reading was riding horses was a favorite hobby of yours. I also learned that this summer you won two first place ribbons in a horse race. What is it about horses that inspire you?
I had a chance this year to ride in several Arabian horse shows. I show in the Hunter division and I have won four first place ribbons. Since then I live and breath and dream horses. My dream horse is a horse named Buchaberry Be. He is an Arabian horse and he is beautiful.
Thanks very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions. Do you have anything you would like to say to all the "Little House" fans around the world?
You are so welcome I will always have time for my fans. I just want to say thank you for your support.
For more information on Danielle Ryan Chuchran, and her career visit her Official Web site at www.daniellechuchran.com.
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Webmasters Note: Interview was done on November 14, 2006.