Netflix ‘Maid’: Where You’ve Seen Danielle Before

The limited Netflix series Maid follows a young mother named Alex (Margaret Qualley), who leaves an abusive relationship with her two-year-old daughter, Maddy. After finding a shelter for domestic abuse survivors, she finds a maid job through Miss V’s Value Maids. While living at the sanctuary, she befriends a fellow survivor named Danielle. While the character was present in a couple of episodes, many viewers questioned where they’d seen the actor before.

Aimee Carrero wearing a pink blazer and white shirt to 2019 Comic-Con International.
Aimee Carrero | Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Danielle and Alex form a close-knit bond 

In Maid Season 1 Episode 2, titled “Ponies,” Alex and Maddy enter the shelter for domestic abuse survivors. But, Maddy is having a hard time adjusting to the new scenery. So, Danielle brings Alex’s daughter a bag full of ponies to cheer her up. 

The two form a close bond by connecting through their past experiences. When Alex lost custody of her daughter, Danielle showed her full support. During their discussion, Alex revealed a client from Miss V’s Value Maids never paid her for a cleaning job. In the previous episode, Regina (Anika Noni Rose) hired Alex to clean her house. But, she refused to pay her for the bad cleaning job.

Rylea Nevaeh and Margaret Qualley standing near a lake in 'Maid' Season 1.
Rylea Nevaeh and Margaret Qualley | Ricardo Hubbs/ Netflix

So, Danielle agreed to accompany Alex to the clients’ house and demand the paycheck. Although Regina wasn’t home, Danielle stole her dog. After Regina reclaimed the dog, she paid Alex for her cleaning service. When Alex returned to the shelter, Danielle was gone. The shelter owner, Denise (BJ Harrison), revealed that Danielle left and went back to her abusive boyfriend. 

In the fifth episode, Danielle and Alex cross paths. But, she is accompanied by her abusive boyfriend. Even though they see each other, Danielle pretends not to know Alex. After the encounter, viewers never see Danielle again.

Who plays Danielle in ‘Maid’?

Actor Aimee Carrero portrays Danielle on Maid. She is best known for playing Emily Osment’s best friend on ABC Family’s Young & Hungry. Set in San Francisco, the comedy series follows Gabi Diamond (Osment), a talented chef hired by a wealthy tech entrepreneur named Josh Kaminski (Jonathan Sadowski). After a one-night stand, Gabi and Josh have a difficult time maintaining a professional relationship. The series aired on the network for five seasons before coming to an end in 2018. 

Kym Whitley, Aimee Carrero, Emily Osment , Jonathan Sadowski, and Rex Lee sitting on a couch in 'Young & Hungry.'
Kym Whitley, Aimee Carrero, Emily Osment , Jonathan Sadowski, and Rex Lee | Eric McCandless/Freeform via Getty Images

Besides Young & Hungry, Carrero starred in popular television shows on Disney Channel. According to IMDb, Carrero voiced the first Latina fairy tale princess in the Disney series Elena of Avalor. The animated series is a spinoff of the Disney Junior series Sofia the First. Carrero’s other television credits include The Mentalist, Lincoln Heights, Men of a Certain Age, The Middle, Greek, Zeke and Luther, and Baby Daddy

In 2018, she played Adora in the Netflix animated reboot series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The show aired for five seasons, coming to an end in 2020.

What’s next for the ‘Maid’ star?

Aside from starring in Maid, Carrero has a slew of projects in the works. For instance, the Young & Hungry alum will star alongside Ryan Reynolds in a new Christmas movie called Spirited. The holiday-themed film is a modern-day telling of A Christmas Carol. There is currently no release date for the upcoming movie. But, the project will debut on Apple TV+. 

In addition, Carrero is set to star in Searchlight’s The Menu. According to Deadline, the dark, comedic thriller follows a group of people that visit a high-class restaurant on a remote island. Alongside Carrero, the ensemble cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, John Leguizamo, Nicholas Hoult, and Hong Chau. At the moment, there is no release date for the new film.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or text START to 88788.

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