The Dish From Melrose's Diva
Daphne Zuniga spoke with SheKnows about her career on and off Melrose Place. Central in her world currently is Zuniga's upcoming original Hallmark movie, Mail Order Bride, airing November 8 at 9 p.m.
Zuniga came to fame opposite John Cusack on the teen classic, A Sure Thing. Through numerous roles through the '80s and '90s she carved herself a reputation as a go-to actress for parts that required a certain amount of…
Zuniga's performance on Melrose Place altered that perception adding layers of darkness, passion and at times cunningness with her portrayal of Jo Reynolds for 109 episodes.
Posing as her recently deceased friend who was set to go to Montana and marry, Zuniga's character instead makes the journey and the adventure and romance commences.
The zeal of ZunigaSheKnows: You have kept so busy over the years from The Sure Thing to Melrose Place and now One Tree Hill, what do you credit your ability to get really lost in these diverse characters? You never seem to be typecast.
Daphne Zuniga: As long as I stay curious about my internal process and growth, I think it attracts different parts. To be very specific, four or five years ago, I started doing these meditation retreats - completely silent for ten days. No distractions, no reading, no music, no writing. Even though it sounds horrific, and it was the first time, I left there and I was a changed person. What happened was, I was this wide open possibility on the inside. I was fearless. It is very interesting. From that year on, I literally started writing and I have been published three times. I started attracting these bizarre parts like Playboy bunnies to the crazy mom I play on One Tree Hill to this western gal I just played in Mail Order Bride, it's like did that for my own internal sanity. But it was reflected by the parts just coming to me. It's not something that I set out consciously to do. I just know that I love to stay creative. I can't stand being stagnant. I had those years earlier. I knew if I wanted to stay really alive and creative, I needed to do it inside first. You can't sit around and expect people to keep hiring you. You have to stay interested and interesting to yourself. The meditation, hard to believe, but it really turned things around. When you start to see yourself without limitation, the world sees you that way too.
SheKnows: How was One Tree Hill?
India to Montana on the wings of faithSheKnows: To put on the old west clothes and be part of a Hallmark movie, that's an entertainment entity. How did Mail Order Bride come to you, did you pursue that project?
Daphne Zuniga: You're going to think this is crazy. I just got back from India. I had been doing this incredible process with these monks in India and he said to me, 'start praying for what you want.' I told him I didn't pray. I meditate. He said you can call it whatever you want, just start to see it and I will send you blessings. I was in New York, just back from India. I was walking around Central Park and thought that I really wanted some sort of adventure. I wanted one more movie this year where I get to play an adventurer. I swear to God, Joel. I get back to my apartment and I called my agent and left a message. He calls me back and said 'you're never going to believe it but we got an offer.' I said, 'what do you mean an offer.' He said, 'do you ride a horse?' I didn't but that was good because they wanted someone who couldn't. I read the script that night for Mail Order Bride and signed right on because that was it. That was what the Monk sent me, so there you have it.
SheKnows: That's the universe at work again.
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