‘Emmerdale’ star Danny Miller admitted he “messed up so many auditions” when he left the soap in 2012 because of his anxiety, and he felt “like a fraud”.
The soap star was just 17 years old when he joined the ITV show in 2008 as Aaron Dingle, and he admitted he found it very tough when he left four years later and looked to expand his horizons as an actor.
Opening up about mental health in the new episode of the ‘#WatchRoss’ podcast for Actonthis.tv, he revealed:
“When I spread my wings, went out there into the deep, deep sea – because that’s what it is. It’s huge and intimidating.
“And I went out there with a profile, if you will – a lot of people are still there without a profile trying to make it. So I knew I was going to be a little step ahead. Whether I took that for granted or not, I don’t know. But I messed up so many auditions because I couldn’t control my anxiety.”
A year after leaving the soap, he landed a role in crime drama ‘Scott & Bailey’, which saw him star as Sgt. Rob Waddington – the boss of Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp) and Rachel Bailey (Susanne Jones) – and he admitted joining the cast in its third series was a tough experience.
Danny – who returned to ‘Emmerdale’ in 2014 – added:
“It was intimidating. It was a powerful set. It was intimidating for me, I felt completely new to it all. I felt like I shouldn’t be there – I felt like a fraud. I’d never trained for it, I’d never been to drama school, I’d never got that experience.
“I joined ‘Emmerdale’ when I was 17, and I had four great years there, and then decided I wanted to spread my wings into this great business that everybody within ‘Emmerdale’ talked about.”