Darcy Rose Byrnes Talks Acting Future, ‘Desperate Housewives’ Farewell: ‘I Was Basically Crying’
Though many may recognize Darcy Rose Byrnes as Felicity Huffman’s teenage daughter Penny Scavo on Desperate Housewives, there’s actually more than meets the eye.
When Celebuzz caught up with the 14-year-old to discuss her acting aspirations since the ABC series’ finale, she confessed that she’s actually a “pretty lame teenager” who teaches herself French, Greek and American Sign Language when she’s not juggling schoolwork and acting.
What do you need to know about this up-and-comer?
For one, Byrnes is already back to work after Desperate Housewives’ conclusion earlier this year. Her latest project, Disney Channel’s Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, is set to premiere on Nov. 18 with an encore presentation on Nov. 20 on Disney Junior.
Read on and find out about Byrnes’ acting future — and what she really thought about Desperate Housewives’ series finale.
Celebuzz: Many people obviously recognize you as Penny Scavo from Desperate Housewives. Walk us through your last day on set.
Darcy Rose Byrnes: I didn’t know it was my last day on set. I think it was probably a good thing I didn’t know — I probably would’ve been sobbing at the end if I did. For two years, those people had become my family — my extended tv family — so it was kind of sad to see it go. But I got to everyone at the cast party so I got say my goodbyes then.
CB: Did you get emotional during the farewell party?
DRB: I’m totally that person! I was coming up to Felicity and she was the last person I said goodbye to, and I wanted to say, “I just wanted to let you know working with you has been such an honor,” and all this stuff — getting a little bit teary-eyed. But before I even opened my mouth, she’s like, “No! No! No crying!” But for everyone else, I was basically crying.
CB: Now you have Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess coming out. Tell us a little bit about the role.
DRB: I play Princess Amber on Sofia the First. She’s a really fun character to play, because she’s such a princess. She always wants everything and she’s a little bit mean sometimes, but I think Sofia (voiced by Modern Family’s Ariel Winter) kind of fixes her a little bit.
DRB: I did my first performance onstage when I was three and there were two dances you could perform: One was where you’re facing the audience and the other was where you do it with other moms and you’re in a circle where you don’t really look at the audience. My mom’s like, “OK, this is her first performance and I don’t know if she’ll freak out or not, so let’s just do the circle one.” After doing the performance, I came off the stage sobbing. And my mom is saying, “Oh my gosh, I just ruined her for her rest of her life. What have I done?” But instead, I said, “I want to do it again!”
CB: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DRB: I think at this point I’m still trying to figure out where I’m going. I’m always acting and singing and dancing. It’s always going to be a part of my life. There’s definitely been hopes and aspirations for Julliard, so that’ll be really cool if I could go there for college. I actually just started high school so we got a little bit of time to think about that.
CB: What’s high school like for you?
DRB: I’m a pretty lame teenager. I apparently like doing school. I was doing math over the summer and teaching myself Greek and French and American Sign Language. There’s this one time when my mom looked at me and said, “Why don’t you watch TV like a normal person?”
CB: What advice do you have for young aspiring girls who want to get into acting?
DRB: Do it if that’s what you think you want to do for the rest of your life. It’s so fulfilling and you learn so much and have so much fun doing it. Above all: study. Study your craft and study school. If you don’t study in school, it doesn’t matter what you do, you won’t be able to get there.
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess premieres on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 PM on Disney Channel.