In the award-winning, crowd-pleasing comedy Patti Cake$, Australian actress Danielle Macdonald gives a breakout performance as a New Jersey teen desperate to become a rap star.
Clearly, her casting as the title character was unexpected. "I kind of thought the director, Geremy Jasper, must be insane," she laughs. "I grew up in Sydney, and I started doing acting classes when I was in eighth grade. It was one hour of improv a week, and there was also musical theatre. I loved it, but I was not musical at all. I got stuck in the back of the chorus! But Geremy just had this blind faith."
Jasper got her to read the role at the Sundance Labs in 2014, and for two years she lived with the character, developing the role alongside costars Siddharth Dhananjay (as Patti's sidekick) and Bridget Everett (as her mother). "Sid, Bridget, Geremy and I, we all developed relationships at the Labs," Macdonald explains. "And by the end of that experience, we all wanted to do the film together. But I never really thought it would get funded with me in the lead. I had a strong feeling this film would get made, but we all thought we'd get replaced at some point for, like, names. But it didn't happen, miraculously."
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Patricia 'Dumbo' Dombrowski (Danielle MacDonald) is a big girl with even bigger dreams who works for a catering company in Bergen County, New Jersey. But food is not her future. She is desperate to become a big time rap superstar. She's never really had any musical talent, but when it comes to the hip hop genre she absolutely slays. Dubbed Killa P aka Patti Cake$, she finds support in her best friend Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) who works at a local pharmacy, and is further encouraged by a scary-looking fellow rapper named Basterd (Mamoudou Athie). And while her mother Barb (Bridget Everett) is less than encouring with Patti's quest for fame and fortune, her Nana (Cathy Moriarty) has every faith in her granddaughter.
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