A handsome and intense New Zealand native, Daniel Gillies has gone from struggling actor to known commodity virtually overnight. In his first major Hollywood movie, "Spider-Man 2" (2004), Gillies play...
Lalita Bakshi (Aishwarya Rai) is the eldest of four unwed daughters who live in a small town in India where their frustrated parents desperately try to land them all husbands. Enter Will Darcy (Martin Henderson) an arrogant New Yorker visiting with his rich English friend Balraj Bingley (Naveen Andrews). Darcy likes what he sees in Lalita but manages to offend her immediately. While Balraj falls for Lalita's sister Jaya (Namrata Shirodkar) Lalita resists Darcy's efforts to get to know her better. Enter Mr. Wickham (Daniel Gillies) an old acquaintance of Darcy's who starts wooing Lalita for himself. Meanwhile Lalita's parents are intent on marrying her off to an obnoxious cousin who has made good in America.
Realism goes out the window when the leads and passersby--and even whole crowds--suddenly burst into song at a moment's notice. Lovely Aishwarya Rai is a superstar in India and while she makes good eye candy she is better in the second half of the film when she stops insulting Darcy and starts warming up to him. Henderson best known for his role as the doomed ex-husband in The Ring acquits himself well as the physically handsome but spiritually ugly American who has a lot to learn about women and India. If you like your comedy broad then you'll love Nitin Chanda Ganatra as the insufferably dorky cousin Mr. Kholi. If not you'll be glad that his screen time is brief. And it's a pleasure to see Naveen Andrews so serious and menacing on ABC's Lost here dancing up a storm and acting the gentlemanly suitor in a small but memorable role.
Bride and Prejudice is a real hodge podge of styles. Director Gurinder Chadha who gave us the huge hit Bend It Like Beckham never quite blends the east and west as smoothly as one would hope. Nowhere near as coherent as Beckham it bounces madly from typical Hollywood romance to over-the-top Bollywood production numbers. When it works it's a lot of fun but you may get whiplash from the sudden switch between styles.
Landed recurring role of Elijah, oldest son of the Original Vampires on "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW)
Appeared opposite Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, and Stuart Townsend in "Head in the Clouds," a romantic drama set in 1930s England, Paris, and Spain
Appeared on Showtime sci-fi series "Jeremiah", which starred Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Announced to reprise role on "The Vampire Diaries" spin-off "The Originals"
Made feature film debut in "A Soldiers Sweetheart" playing a U.S. Medical Officer
Cast as John Jameson, love interest to Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane in "Spider-Man 2"; film directed by Sam Raimi
Made TV acting debut as Antos in "Young Hercules" (Fox Kids Network), produced by Sam Raimi
Co-starred on Canadian supernatural medical drama "Saving Hope"
Cast as a British gold digger in "Bride & Prejudice," directed by Gurinder Chadha
Cast in Roland Joffe directed thriller "Captivity"
Starred as Tim O'Connor in "Street Legal," one of New Zealand's most successful TV dramas
A handsome and intense New Zealand native, Daniel Gillies has gone from struggling actor to known commodity virtually overnight. In his first major Hollywood movie, "Spider-Man 2" (2004), Gillies plays John Jameson, the love interest to Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson and natural rival to Tobey Maguire's web-slinging Peter Parker. But just a few years ago, Gillies was struggling to make it in Los Angeles, even slaving away in restaurants and kitchens to pay the bills.
"What's beautiful about L.A. is that it's open to new talent. I worship that about this city."---Gillies as quoted to Interview July 2004
"I'm much better in pictures than I am in real life. Whereas someone like Rachael, she looks glamorous all the time. First thing in the morning, I look like the ass of a donkey and she looks like Helen of Troy."---Gillies talking about fiance Rachael Leigh Cook to Movieline's Hollywood Life, July/August 2004.