Darcy Rose Byrnes Interview: On Disney’s first little princess, singing and more!

THE STAR SCOOP:
There’s a Disney project that you’re working on!

DARCY ROSE BYRNES:
Yeah, it’s called “Sofia The First.” It’s a new animation project for Disney’s junior channel. Sofia is commoner whose mother marries the King and all of a sudden they have to adjust to princess life.

It’s really cool. I play Princess Amber who is her new step-sister, who is kind of mean. I kind of tell her mostly how to be a princess but in the meanest way possible. But only at first. After a while, I teach her how to be a better princess and she teaches me how to be a better person. It’s really great.

There are a lot of different things that make it so, so special. This is the first time that Disney has had a little princess. Before, all the princesses in movies were adults or at least teenagers and stuff like that. So this is the first time that kids younger can look at the princess and see someone their age.

The parents can sit their kid down and just let them watch it without having to worry about it. But they’re not going to want to. I think they’re going to end up…watching the show with them because it’s so much fun!

It has to help that we have an amazing cast backing it up, like Ariel Winter, who actually I worked with a while back on another pilot for Disney. I’m really, really happy I get to work with her again. She plays Sofia. Sara Ramirez is Queen Miranda, Wayne Brady is Clover, Tim Gunn is Baileywick, Zach Callison is James…it’s such an amazing cast and I’m so happy I get to be a part of it.

This is the first time I’ve been singing – recording for a show. I’ve done theater my whole life and this is the first time I’m recording for a TV show, which is really awesome! Everyone on the show is doing their own singing, which is kind of unusual.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is that one of the reasons you wanted to be involved in this project?

DARCY ROSE BYRNES:
I had an inkling that I would be singing in the show because it is Disney, but when I first got the audition, I didn’t know if that was the case or not. All I knew was that the character was totally fun and an amazing character to do, and I really wanted to do the character.

It was just an added bonus when I found out that I was going to be able to sing as well in the show. I was like, Oh my gosh, this is so cool!

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is singing something that you want to pursue in addition to acting? We know you write your own songs.

DARCY ROSE BYRNES:
Yeah, I do. I write a lot of my own songs. I have a lot of songs completed. I’ve been singing my whole life. I definitely love singing. It’s one of my favorite things.

I always say I sung before I could even talk really. I would write little songs on a pad of paper with a squiggle note and a flower and a star and then I’d sing the song back to my mom, and she was like, um, Darcy, you got to learn piano if you want to keep doing this.

So then I learned piano so I could write my own songs as well. Actually, right before I got “Desperate Housewives,” I was up for Mary Poppins on Broadway.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is there a specific genre of music that you write? How would you describes the songs you write and what kind of music you like to sing?

DARCY ROSE BYRNES:
I like a lot of different music. My iPod really looks like an episode of “Hoarders.” I have everything from opera to rap. I think that my style when I write, I don’t know if there’s a big style yet.

I do kind of feel like I’m on that track to getting my own style. I don’t know if it’s there yet. I’m still kind of discovering it myself. The best way I can describe it is probably singer-songwriter.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You play the piano. Are you going to learn any other instruments?

DARCY ROSE BYRNES:
I play piano, guitar and ukulele. I’m hoping I can learn the violin and the harp.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Speaking of “Desperate Housewives” earlier, we’re curious about the end of the show. Was it emotional for you when it ended?

DARCY ROSE BYRNES:
Yeah, it was. It was kind of bittersweet because on some level I knew that they were ending it at a perfect time. It was a perfect way to end the show. At the same time, I was like, I don’t want it to end. I knew in my head that it made sense, but in my heart, I didn’t want it to ever stop. I was really happy that my parents got back together – I was definitely rooting for them!

THE STAR SCOOP:
Hopefully you took away some good things from the experience. Like working with Felicity Huffman so much! And all of the other cast members, of course.

DARCY ROSE BYRNES:
I learned a lot from working with the amazing people on “Desperate Housewives.” From the moment I walked on the set, I was part of the family. It was so amazing.

I think most of my scenes were with Felicity Huffman, and she just really just took me under her wing. It was so amazing. Everyone was so nice to me. I feel so blessed that I was able to be a part of it.

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