Last week, veteran singer/actor/voice artist E.G. Daily sang herlast note on NBC's "The Voice," having fallen, in part, to a nastycase of bronchitis.
But the 52-year-old Daily (Tommy Pickles on "Rugrats," "PowerpuffGirls," "Valley Girl," "Pee Wee's Big Adventure") said she'sthrilled to have been a part of this show, not only for what itmeans to her career, but what it might mean to others, of both thehuman and four-legged variety.
Q: We were so sorry to see you go! What did that experience mean toyou?
A: It was kind of like a whirlwind. I did it on a whim. This womanI met signed me up for it. She said "I signed you up for 'TheVoice' and I said "They're not gonna put me on that show!"
Q: But they did!
A: It was really a validation to me of doing what you love to dofor the right reasons. I've been in music my whole life. I've hadrecord deals before. I felt I had to get right into music again.But there's this thing that "In your 40s, it's silly. You shouldn'tbe doing music." And I started to buy into it. That wasn't me atall ... I've gotta do what I love to do, every day. I can't imaginethat I got one chair turned, let alone two chairs!
Q: I think that's inspirational to a lot of people who don't fitinto that pop star mold, that you validated that for them.
A: It's like that Winston Churchill quote - "Never, ever, ever giveup."
Q: A lot of the people on the show, or starting out in thebusiness, are much, much younger and might be approaching thisdifferently than you did.
A: When you're young, it's about yourself, about being a celebrity.For me it's a lot bigger now. Going on a show like "The Voice" isabout my kids, about the message to other women in their 50s whoare the mother of teenagers who are driving them crazy. There aremuch bigger things I want in life. I think now, 'How can I use thisas a platform to be a mouth for animals, to be a voice for peoplewith anxiety and depression, because I understand that.' It's notabout getting a record deal - I've had record deals. I've givenmyself record deals, with my own label. This is a platform to pulltogether all the voices of E.G.
Q: Where do you go from here? What has that platform done so far?
A: A whole bunch of stuff! I can't talk a lot about it yet, but Ican say that it's across the board. There are TV things, guestingfor things. I'm looking into things like "Nashville" or "Glee" thatneed actor/singers. My credibility as a singer is up now. And inanimation there is a different interest in me now. There are a lotof things. I can't say exactly. But it's beautiful.
Q: What were your favorite things about being on "The Voice?"
A: What's fascinating about it was that I didn't get anypreferential treatment or anything. You get a roommate, no matterwho you are. I hadn't had a roommate as an adult, in a long while.There was something about not knowing this person and getting toknow them as a person. Whoever assigned those roommates knew whatthey were doing. My third roommate was Tessanne (Chin), who is sotalented and lovely. There was something really special about thatpart of it. I felt like I was in camp!
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WHY DO YOU KNOW E.G. DAILY?
The face may not be familiar, but the voice is:
Played Dottie (not shown) in "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure."
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