Photographer Joshua Shultz
Stylist Franzy Staedter
Make Up Paul Anthony
Location The Sunset Marquis Hotel
Bellus Magazine (BM): How long have you been acting?
Danika Yarosh (DY): Well, I got my first taste of acting at the age of four when a movie was being filmed in my hometown, but I didn’t actually start acting until I was seven.
BM: I hear you are a dancer? Can you tell us more about that?
DY: Yeah, I basically grew up in a dance studio! I started with ballet and tap, and then worked my way up to jazz, gymnastics, hip-hop, lyrical, pointe, and modern. I was a competitive dancer for a few years, but I had to stop competing when I started Billy Elliot. I love dancing – it’s such a great way to let loose and express yourself.
BM: Tell us about your role Holly Herkimer on Shameless.
DY: Holly is a confident, brazen, independent teen living (and struggling) in the South Side of Chicago. She’s kind of a mentor to Debbie, and she helps Debbie to grow up into the more adult world of boys and girls. She’s not the best influence however, as she’s a little too mature for her age and she’s a bit mischievous. It’s so much fun to play her because of all of the outrageous situations she gets into – I always get excited to see what the writers have written for her.
BM: What’s it like working with the cast of Shameless?
DY: It’s incredible. The entire cast and crew is so lovely and they’re all insanely talented. Emma and I have become best friends so we’re kind of always goofing around and having the best time on set.
BM: What is next for you?
DY: Season five of Shameless is airing! Woo! I’m also working on a project I can’t yet talk about. Other than that, I’m really focusing on my school work and preparing myself for college.
BM: What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned so far working in the acting world?
DY: This might sound a bit cheesy, and it’s kind of a given, but the most valuable lesson I have learned so far in the acting world, and in life, is to never give up on your dreams. When I was starting out, I was told by a few people that trying to become an actor was “silly” and it would never happen for me. But I never gave up because it’s what I’m passionate about. It’s a very tough industry to be in, as it takes a lot of hard work. And when you’re faced with frequent rejection, instead of giving up, take it as a learning opportunity to try to better yourself.