TLC is getting in on the scripted drama game. The channel best known for showcasing the who’s-who of toddler pageantry will now be home to Too Close to Home, a Tyler Perry-created show about hooking up with the President.
“The show is a lot darker than what you’ve come to expect from Tyler,” says Danielle Savre, who plays the lead. “But TLC loved it and was totally onboard. It’s a little scary to be their first go at a scripted show, but he’s such a pro — no one was that worried.”
Savre’s character Anna has an illicit tryst with the Commander-in-Chief, and, to avoid the media scrutiny, she escapes back home to Happy, Alabama, where she’s probably in for a few lessons in life.
“I do love that she is flawed,” says Savre. “Every human makes mistakes, every human has their moments when they falter. I love seeing this girl who is vulnerable yet still ready to kick ass.”
Which TV show is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure? Game of Thrones? Is that guilty? Every show I love, I love watching and I brag about it even though it’s ridiculous. Maybe The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
If you had to be on one, what reality show would you want to be on?
Real Housewives, to deal with all that drama. Maybe Keeping Up with the Kardashians, they’re all so ridiculous, that’s why we can’t look away. It’s like a car crash happening in front of us.
What is a hobby you wish you had?
I wish I could needlepoint. So many people do that, but I don’t know where to start. So there: needlepointing. Maybe one day.
What is would be your dream vacation?
Bora Bora. Sit on the beach and do nothing. Everyone knows I would only last like four days before getting antsy, but it sounds amazing.
Are you more of an early bird or a night owl?
Both, I just don’t really sleep. I wake up early and I go to bed late. I live off of coffee so I guess that makes me feel like I’m pretty awake no matter how much sleep I’m not getting.
Who is a celebrity that you would want to go drinking with?
Jennifer Lawrence. I think she would be so much fun.
Do you have any superstitions and if so what are they?
Oh my gosh yes! I have so many. I can’t talk to people the morning before meetings or auditions that are really important. I’m super OCD about certain things like the way my bags have to be packed. Oh my god, I have so many. My friends call me out on them but I don’t know what they are exactly. Things have to be in even numbers. Even if I set an alarm in the morning, instead of 6 AM, it’s got to be like 6:04 AM. But at the same time I don’t go crazy if I can’t have it that way, it’s just an instinct in me to always do that.
What is your worst habit?
Hmm. What’s your worst habit?
I chew my cuticles.
Oh that’s a good one. I bite the inside of my cheeks, I guess? I don’t know. I’m horrible at this game.
You can say you don’t have any, that’s okay.
No, I feel like I have to have a bad habit. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t have a bad habit. I have a lot of bad habits. I’m just laughing at some of them. I burp a lot. That’s disgusting, though. I have a sweet tooth. There are a lot of things — I’m just wondering how many I want to divulge. Those are things that I think my friends are like, “Enough! Stop it!”