On the Couch with Danielle O’Malley

Danielle O’Malley Arts Review On the CouchWho is Danielle O’Malley?
I am a friend, a sister, a daughter, a mother (to my beautiful daughter Abby, who also happens to have a lot of fur and four legs), an animal rights activist, a performer, and a lover of wine and all things sweet.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I wonder this all the time. It’s fun to think about the ways your life can twist and turn with every decision you make. I’m happy where I am though, imperfections and all, so I guess that’s a sign that I am doing exactly what I should be.

Who inspires you and why?
Every single person in the entertainment world inspires me. It takes a lot of strength and resilience to be an artist, and I am constantly inspired by those around me who refuse to give up on their dreams.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would magically change the way most humans view animals. I think that in 100 years our great grandchildren will look back on the realities, factory farming and live animal exports, and never understand how we could be so selfish and cruel.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
New York. It really is the most incredible city.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Down the coast – the Great Ocean Road is spectacular.

What are you currently reading?
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer. What a crazy, inspiring woman.

What are you currently listening to?
The Sound of Silence – arrangement for Ginger and Tonic by Jane Patterson. (Ginger and Tonic is a four piece a capella comedy group I am a part of, also performing at this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival). We are recording a video for this next week so look out for it!

Happiness is?
Sitting in the sun with tunes playing, wine in one hand (bottle preferably), chocolate in the other, with friends/ family and my dog by my side.

What does the future hold for you?
More performing and writing, and some exciting travelling plans to Europe for later in the year.

Danielle can be seen in Ginger and Tonic’s For Love or Money (21 – 25 June), as well as You’re My World – The Cilla Black Story (27 June – 1 July), at Chapel Off Chapel as part of the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. For more information, visit: www.melbournecabaret.com for details.

Image: Danielle O’Malley (supplied)