No, the title is not misleading. If he isn’t every girl,women, or gays “dream man” then we just couldn’t tell you what type of men you’d desire. At first we were a bit “iffy” on doing personal interviews with celebrities. It was something that we never dreamed of doing since we love our freedom on our blog and want to do things our way, but after having seen numerous posts on p’Nye’s blog about Danny Bunyavong, we just couldn’t let this slip away.
We were very much impressed with Danny (usually we aren’t impressed much with many celebs lately besides Nichkhun, Todd Sina, and Teddy Park) when he answered our questions perfectly (even using punctuations and grammars!). Danny’s first impression towards us had us swooning over this handsome young gentleman. He left us with this type of feeling that you would not get with most 20 year old. We felt like we were the child and Danny was the adult!
We tried to refrain ourselves from asking Danny too many questions, but we were glad he answered them. One question that comes across everyone’s mind is his ethnicity (which caused quite a debate.) We had to get down and set the record straight from Danny and asked him that first.
First off, we’d like to set the record straight and hear it from you, what’s your ethnicity? “My ethnicity is Thai-American. I was born in upstate New York. Both sides of my family (Mother & Father) are from Thailand. Both of my grandfathers have about a quarter Chinese in them, so I am part Chinese, but mostly Thai-American. The reason for all the confusion is because my grandparents speak Laotian, which is the language I was raised learning and speaking.”
You have a Laotian last name, but on your Model Mayhem profile you consider yourself Thai-American. Why is that? “I’m not sure as to the origin of my last name, but I am certain that both of my grandparents came from Ubon, Thailand. If my last name is Laotian, I couldn’t tell you why.”
You’re like a mixed mutt with all those ethnicity’s that you have. Can you speak any of the languages? Do you understand them? “I speak Laotian and Thai. I’m not fluent enough to deliver a speech, but I can carry a conversation.”
You’re only 20, but look older then your age. With some people they like being mistaken for a younger age, but do you enjoy it by being mistaken for being older then your age? “ Photographing older has always been beneficial to me when I work. Being an Asian male model, it gives me a versatility that gives me an advantage in this industry. Besides, people still call me a “baby” all the time!”
At what age did you start modeling? Can you tell us? “I started modeling when I was 18.”
Was modeling part of your dreams or goals you had as a child? If not then what is your dream or goal? “As a child, I never dreamed of being a model. I never even knew “what” I wanted to be. All I knew was that whatever I decided to do, I wanted to make a difference in the world.”
What was your first modeling “gig”? “My first “gig” wasn’t even a modeling job; it was actually an acting job! I booked a commercial for contact lenses.” (Danny’s first acting job was for Acuvue.)
Have you decided if modeling is what you want to do for the rest of your life? If not then have you ever thought about a back up career just in case? “Of course modeling doesn’t last forever. I’ve been taking acting classes on the side as well as attending college-studying Architecture.”
What one designer do you really wish to work with? “ I would love to work for Ralph Lauren.”
You’ve endured how it was like working in Thailand, modeling and now you are making a name for yourself in America, is there a difference between the way things work in America and Thailand? “The biggest difference between Thailand and the U.S. as far as modeling are the castings. Castings in Thailand might take a couple hours whereas in the U.S., castings take minutes. Also, in Asia, being an Asian male model is an advantage, whereas in the U.S., it is a disadvantage.”
Have you ever been discriminated or did not get a job just because you were Asian? “Actually it’s the other way around, being an Asian male model has actually helped me to book more jobs. There aren’t that many Asian male models, so it gives me an advantage since there is not a large competition.”
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into modeling? “Just believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams. If you believe that you can do something and you give your best, you WILL do it!”
Ok, ok, this is something that we’d all like to know, is the male modeling world like the movie “Zoolander?” “ Haha! No it is not. The fashion industry is as much a business, as banking or real estate.”
If there were conflicts between 2 male models do you guys take it out on the catwalk? “If 2 male models had a conflict, I would assume that they would settle the issue like civilized human beings, haha.”
Ok, we had to do this, but do you think you can send us pictures of you doing Zoolander poses? How about one of your best photo that you love? “ HAHA! I wish I had some Zoolander photos I could send you guys! We can laugh about it together!”
- What is your personality like? “I see myself as daring, confident, and humble. I like to live my life on the edge- metaphorically speaking; I will often just do things for the simple fact that life is too short to wonder “what if?” I’m a loyal friend and a hopeless romantic.”
- What kind of thing interests you in particular? “All types of arts interest me. I love paintings and photography. I love movies. I read and write like I might not see tomorrow. Art makes the world beautiful and I like to live in that beauty.”
- What are talent of yours that you think is the best? “Many people might not consider being a friend a talent but I do. I pride myself in being the best friend that I can be. I will give my time to any of my friends in need of advice or just company. It’s not always easy, which is why I consider it a talent and something I am best at.”
What is your proudest moment? “This might seem odd to some, but my proudest moment in modeling was booking the campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch. Being an Asian male model, it was my proudest accomplishment simply because I was told that it would never happen—and I believed it too.”
Have you had an incident that has made you sad or upset? “Haven’t been upset about anything work related yet but let’s hope something doesn’t happen.”
What is it that you want to do but never got to do? Or wish to do? “I’ve always wanted to go to Australia.”
Where have you traveled that impressed you a lot? “ I was really impressed when I was in Montreal, Canada. It’s so clean and the food is so good!”
What is your favorite season and why? “Winter is my favorite season. I like to dress in layers and I love snow. I love coffee shops, as well.”
What type of food do you like to eat? “I love food in general, but the way to my heart is a hearty, home-cooked Southern meal with sweet tea, please?”
- What is your type of girl? Do you like them cute, pretty, or sexy? “In this line of work, you run into a lot of beautiful women. I like a girl who I can benefit from. Someone who is focused, confident, caring, passionate, and genuine. To me, those characteristics make a girl sexy.”
Are you an only child? Do you have any siblings? “I’m a lonely, only child.”
Who are you close to the most in your family? “ I am the closest to my Mom. She is my best friend and hero. Without her support and love, I wouldn’t be where I am at today.”
What is your personal motto? “My personal motto is: “Patience gives the biggest reward.””
As you know our blog is Dirtii Laundry and we can not leave this interview until you tell us one dirty secret about you. “Wow, well now, my dirty secrets wouldn’t be so secret if I told you, now would it?”
Is there anything you want to leave to the viewers/readers out there? “I just wanted to say thank you for the interest and support. I hope that I can be an inspiration. Lastly, I hope to make a difference.”
A humble, down to earth, a hopeless romantic, and caring guy has to be the best things any girl can ask for. We hope that everyone will support Danny and enjoyed reading the interview as much as we enjoyed sharing the information and doing this for everyone.
We’d like to thank p’Nye & Danny for making it possible for us.
[images via nye noona]