PHOENIX - It isn't always the big events that make us turn our head when we hear about politicians, celebrities and athletes.
Sometimes, we just want to know that when you boil it down, they're all ordinary people like us.
What's in their fridge? What are they reading? What do they do in their off time? ABC15.com is asking the same 10 questions of a newsmaker. But don't jump to any conclusions; these aren't the typical interview questions.
They are not meant to be probing or controversial. Instead, they're fun questions that let you get to know the person in ways you probably don't already.
This week, we're getting to know GoDaddy girl Leeann Dearing.
The proud New Yorker was born into an Irish/Italian family. She stumbled into the theater as an awkward, shy, ninth grader and something clicked within her.
Upon relocating to Phoenix, she pursued her dreams of performing in movies & commercials. Earning her first prominent role in 2008, as the narcissistic pop star “Rio” in the Lifetime movie Maneater, directed by Tim Busfield.
In 2009, Leeann booked a Super Bowl commercial for GoDaddy.com, co-starring Danica Patrick. The commercial was featured as their lead-off spot in the game. The real surprise came afterward, when Go Daddy asked her back for a video blog with CEO and Founder, Bob Parsons. She never imagined all the other wonderful opportunities that initial commercial would bring - including another appearance in the 2011 Super Bowl, numerous other commercials, and appearances that have taken her all over the country.
Check out what this GoDaddy girl was doing before her big break.
10 Questions for Leeann Dearing:
1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?
I have so many favorite movies. Two of my favorites off the top of my head are Dumb and Dumber (tic-tac sir?) and Pride and Prejudice. I love the Jane Austen film adaptations.
2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?
I do. Though we’re switching to the iPhone 4s very soon! Definitely my GoDaddy app is my favorite. The last commercial I shot was all about its functionality!!! It really is easy to use and we have so many domain names that it’s a lifesaver.
3. Have you come up with a few things you'd like to do before you die? If so, what's on your bucket list?
Doesn’t everyone say sky-diving? Sky-diving. Only because it scares me so very much.
4. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
I’m lucky to say GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons has become a mentor for me, not only because of his brilliant business mind, but his altruistic spirit. The company gives so much back each year, and that’s one of the things I love most about the company.
5. What was your very first job?
I was a nanny. I watched one little boy, Ricco Meola, who I loved so dearly. I miss him!
6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I’d like to be more patient. The future excites me, and sometimes I can’t wait for it to be here.
7. What do you consider your greatest success?
There are three. First, becoming a GoDaddy girl has been such an amazing gift and I consider that a tremendous success in my life. It’s given me the chance to travel, meet wonderful people, work with some incredible charities and be a part of their always-memorable advertising! Second, I’m proud to be a full-time, working actress! Lastly, the business I started with my husband five years ago (The Dearing Acting Studio) has been open five years now, and I’m very proud of that as well.
8. Tell us something about you most people don’t know?
I play the piano. Really well, actually! I also like to free-style rap in the car. Not really well.
9. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they
Mother Theresa, C.S. Lewis and songwriter Ben Folds.
10. If you could have a different career, other then what you’re doing now, what
would it be?
I’d like to be a therapist for troubled kids. Specifically, I’d like to work with art and music therapy.
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