- - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

E.G. Daily’s early acting resume reads like a “best of” list of films from the 1980s, including “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “Better off Dead” and “Valley Girl.” In 2005 she turned heads as the delightfully damaged Candy in Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects.”

As a voice-over artist, Miss Daily has touched the lives of millions of kids (and a few creepy adults) by providing voices in “Rugrats,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Happy Feet.” As a singer she’s even released four great albums.

Miss Daily discussed her career, make-out sessions with co-stars, ending up on “The Voice” and her upcoming role in the new Rob Zombie Horror film “31.”

Question: Which came first, the singing or the acting?

Answer: I started singing in bands at 15. I was going on auditions but I didn’t book anything until I was 15. My first acting gig was as the leader of the Angora Debs on “Laverne & Shirley.” At the same time I was playing in a band. Acting and music were both neck and neck.

Q: How did you balance the two careers?

A: I have one career, but lots of tentacles — one career all having to do with acting, singing, writing and composing. Anything having to do with art, joy and bliss. Just different facets of art.

I didn’t buy into the mindset that you could only do one thing.

Q: What do you remember from making “Ladies & Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains”?

A: We were all babies. Laura Dern and Diane Lane were 14. They shipped us off to Canada, and Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols were there. So many drugs in that hotel. At nighttime everybody was going from room to room. I would hang out with Steve Jones, and he would try to make out with me. [laughs]

Q: How about “Valley Girl”?

A: I was a Hollywood Sunset Strip girl. I didn’t know how to “talk” Valley. I decided my character was incognito because she was from Malibu. Valley and Malibu sort of sound alike. It was a ball.

Again there were make-out sessions with Nick [Cage] in the trailer. There is nothing like a good make-out when you’re on location. [laughs]

Q: What was making “Fandango” with Kevin Costner like?

A: Amazing movie. “Fandango” was Kevin Costner’s first movie.

We were in some Podunk hotel in Texas with Kevin Reynolds directing. Another great make-out. Then years later making out with Kevin Costner. That’s a thread through my whole career: great make-outs with amazing people. I never took acting too seriously.

Q: Can we assume there were no make-outs on “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”?

A: I have to think about it. [laughs] Dottie was such a quirky character that I don’t think I was feeling that sexy. No make-outs there! [laughs]

Q: Have you turned down a role you regretted?

A: There was a Chuck Norris movie that I was cast to play his daughter in. I was supposed to go film in Calgary. It was a great role. I would have been riding horses. But for some reason I turned it down. I regret that. I ended up doing nothing that whole summer except sitting around.

Q: When and how did the voice-over work start?

A: Somebody saw me in a play and said, “You should do voice-overs.” I thought it was a weird, interesting little offshoot. Not quite what I do, but it still has to do with art. It exploded for me.

Q: How do you choose your roles?

A: I’ve done some roles that I didn’t love or didn’t feel were that challenging but I felt honored that they cast me. I didn’t turn down a lot of things. I always felt like I was being an actor. That was my job.

Q: What were your favorite roles?

A: I have to say my new movie I just did with Rob Zombie, “31,” is my favorite role ever. That and “The Devil’s Rejects.” I loved that.

I love working with Rob because he knows how to work me. He’s phenomenal with wardrobe. He’s such an artist. I know when I get on set it’s going to be an incredible adventure. “31” is badass! I have such a fun, insane role. I’m a cartoon come to life. And my wardrobe is off the charts!

Q: Do you ever worry doing horror films may prevent you from doing kid’s films?

A: No. I’m on the planet to execute art, not here to only to make art for what you can accept — or what that mother of that child can handle. I’m a mother. I protect my kids from certain material. That’s my job as a mother. But my job as an actor is to deliver art with my body and my voice. I’m not going to limit and restrict myself. If somebody decides not to hire me because I said the “F” word in “Devil’s Rejects,” OK. There will be other jobs.

Q: How did you end up on “The Voice” in 2013?

A: I did a show called “BalconyTV.” The producer of that called me and said, “Don’t get mad at me, but I got you an audition for ‘The Voice.’” I said, “They’re not going to have me on.” She said, “It’s not about who you are or how old you are. It’s about your singing.”

I said yes. I was on stage singing at the blind audition thinking, “My God, I’m 50 years old. How did that happen?”

Say yes to everything that you love.

“31” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 23. or all things E.G. Daily visit EGDaily.com.

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