Dana Gaier is the voice of Edith from Despicable Me and an actress with her debut role in ‘The Ice Cream Truck’.
Famous for: Actress
Dana Gaier grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. She liked sports and played lacrosse and field hockey in high school.
She moved to Los Angeles and attended Zak Barnett Studios /acting school in 2013. From 2014 she was coached by actress Kimberly Crandall and then Lisa Picotte.
Dana Gaier is well known as the voice of Edith in the Despicable Me animated movies which she auditioned for at the age of 11. She has also performed in theatre and appeared on TV shows such as MTV’s Bullied and entertainment shows OnAccess Hollywood and PopSugar.
Gaier plays the role of Brie in indie horror feature The Ice Cream Truck released in summer 2017. She also returned as Edith in Despicable Me 3 which was released in summer 2017.
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Udoka: Firstly, I just have to commend you, the cast, and the crew of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise, you guys did an amazing job and I truly enjoyed the movie. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, what are your likes and dislikes?
Dana: I just turned 16 years old. I’ve been performing for as long as I can remember. There’s a story that when I was 9 months, I started playing with a kiddie guitar and singing the Backstreet Boys “I want it that way.” I love singing and playing the guitar, as well as acting. I also like sports and I played lacrosse and field hockey in high school. I dislike girl drama and started a website called GYourB.org to help other teens get through bullying and mean girl drama. I think we need to stick together & empower each other instead of putting each other down.
Udoka: When did you decide that you wanted to go into acting and do you think that you would want to continue acting as a profession?
Dana: I’ve always loved acting, but I didn’t want to do it professionally when I was younger. I loved being in community theater and taking classes there. Once, when I was 5, a talent manager saw me in a pizza place and I was busy running, talking to all different tables, and she gave my mom her card to call her. At that time, neither of us felt I was ready for that kind of commitment. But years later, I decided I wanted to start auditioning professionally. Despicable me was actually one of my first auditions, and it happened when I was about 11. I love every part of performing and would love to keep doing it. If I’m not going to be performing, I would love to do something in the industry, like maybe, being a casting director.
Udoka: I read from your bio that you are in the tenth grade and you are an honor’s student, does your acting get in the way of school, and how do you tackle the challenges, if any?
Dana: Actually, I am in the 11th grade now. This year is really tough. I just started at a new school because I moved to LA, and I’m taking a lot of AP classes and honors classes and then when you add in auditions, show choir, SAT prep, and getting my driver’s license, it means a lot of balancing. But I also think that when you have a lot of balancing to do, you learn to be more efficient with your time. I’m learning to set aside certain times for certain things. I’m hoping that I am able to manage it all, but if there’s an issue, my schoolwork will have to come first.
Q: Who is your celebrity crush?
Dana: I would have to say my celebrity crush is Josh Hutcherson. I’ve loved watching him in movies ever since Little Manhattan (rated PG). I feel like I’ve grown up watching him grow up in the movies! When I heard he was going to be Peeta in one of my favorite books (The Hunger Games), I was so excited.
Q: What is one thing you wish everyone would do to make the world a better place?
Dana: I would love to see the epidemic of bullying stopped. I am doing what I can to help that happen. I have a website called Got Your Back!, where kids and teens can ask questions and help one another. I think we all need to empower each other instead of bringing each other down.
Q: Funniest or most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
Dana: Last year at Christmas, I went to New York City with a boyfriend to see the tree in Rockefeller Center, and in front of him (and everyone else in the middle of Manhattan), I fell flat on my face. I think all of NYC saw me!