Danny Miller almost quit acting career
Danny Miller failed so many auditions before landing his role in 'Emmerdale' that he considered quitting acting to become a policeman
Danny Miller almost quit acting to become a policeman before he landed his 'Emmerdale' role.
The 19-year-old actor - who plays gay teen Aaron Livesy in the ITV soap - admits he was once so disheartened at failing to land a different part, he vowed to give up acting altogether if he failed his audition for 'Emmerdale'.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I went for tons of auditions and was getting really angry with myself because I was messing them up as I wanted them so badly.
"It was soul destroying. I kept wondering what I was doing wrong and eventually I'd had enough. I agreed with my agent that the 'Emmerdale' audition was my last before she took me off her books."
However, Danny - who has won a number of awards for his portrayal of troubled mechanic Aaron - believes his resigned attitude worked on show bosses.
He said: "I went into the 'Emmerdale' audition with a different attitude - that I was interested but I had almost given up. And they seemed to like me."
While Danny is grateful for the role, he does find it difficult to cope with anti-gay comments from viewers in the streets.
The actor - who is dating his Emmerdale co-star Kirsty Leigh Porter (Roz Fielding) - said the abuse has helped him to understand his character more.
He explained: "I get homophobic comments. It's really made me see how awful it can be for gay guys and given me an insight into how they must feel. It's offensive and hurtful and shows how small minded some people are."