Talk to the Cha
What's Danny been up to since being on Season 2 of The Amazing Race? Find out about the Trust he's set up and how you can help.
What have you been up to since the Race?
After the race I spent sometime in New York City with my Godson who had a birthday at the end of the race. After that, I returned to Miami and re-organized my business. During my absence a lot of chaos and damage occurred.
Do you still get recognized?
Yes. Every once in a while, someone says those famous words, you..i you... you... you're Danny from the Amazing Race.
Has being on the race changed your life at all?
Oswald and I made it our number one priority that all this race madness not affect our lives and our friendship. We stayed away from the moving to Los Angeles business and we both focused on returning to our wonderful and complete lives.
Do you keep in touch with any other racers?
Yes. Tara mostly. We speak on the phone often. And Deidra and Hillary have a South Florida connection so we see them often.
You got involved with TAR before the first series even aired, right? What did you expect the race to be? You were expectations correct?
Frankly, I did not know what to expect. I was not into AR1 nor did I ever watch the show before. They made us watch the previous season for us to understand what we were taking on.
Your approach to the race was a unique one. What about it, do you feel, gave you an edge? What about it hurt you?
Our approach was unique because we are two very unique individuals. The money and fame attached to winning and participating on the race, both Oswald and I already experienced. Let me clarify, both Oswald and I have been involved with television before. In particular Cable television: MTV, VH1 and Nick. We were always at the Video Music Awards, Movie Awards and Latin Grammies. The best times we had, we had backstage among the VIP. We had been around the television bug and did not allow it to change us. Oswald always got invitations to really fun parties and since I had my own business, I could get away and join him on these events. So that in itself made us unique and gave us an edge. How did it hurt us? I don't think it hurt us at all. We got out of the race what we wanted. We got to travel around the world on CBS's money and enjoyed it. And as a bonus, we even got a fan or two.
Did you follow the commentary on your team on TWoP and, if so, how did you feel about the evolution of people's perception of you? (From spoiled to much beloved)
Yes... yes. yes. I must admit. When the first show aired, we were two geeks watching the boards for the comments. As the season progressed, we stayed away. It was hurtful sometimes and made us get thicker skin towards the end of it all. And keep in mind, we were luckier than most. We had a pretty good following. Imagine what Wil must of gone through?
Some people felt that your going to a travel agent during the race was not "in the spirit" of the race - how do you respond to that?
Some people don't know how to have a good time and enjoy the stresses of life.
Do you guys keep in touch with Fern (from Bangkok)? She was a favorite with many TWoPers.
Oswald is very good at keeping in touch with people. So he is the primary person to communicate with our good friend Fern.
What was the toughest part of the race for you?
Not being at a five star hotel, sleeping in late, ordering breakfast to my room and enjoying the spa services which I have gotten so accustomed to.
In past interviews you've said you really enjoyed Cape Town, South Africa and Sydney, Australia during the race. Have you had a chance to return to either place and explore them more?
Unfortunately, I have not been traveling too much this year. I have been really busy here in Miami and SARS has also contributed to my decision to stay put for a while. But as soon as, my business in Miami is under control, I will probably return to Paris first and then to Sydney. South Africa will be a long trip during carnival and then off to New Zealand to visit some friends.
Now that the new TAR4 cast members have been announced, do you have any first impressions you'd like to share?
The Miami Team of breast implants is really annoying. They should have their breast implants removed and traded in for a more pleasant attitude.
A bunch of TAR fans have been talking about an All-Star Race - bringing together teams from the first 4 seasons of TAR and having them compete. Would you (and Oswald) be interested in such a thing?
I think my fellow cast members need to have a reality check. Our fifteen minutes of fame are now over. Yes it is true, it is AR4 cast members time for fame. I wish they will allow them to shine for a while without the disruption of a cast member from another season. Oh and by the way, will the last cast member to realize this, please hang up your fame bug on the way out.
Any advice for future racers?
Enjoy the journey.
Why weren't you at TARcon3? Don't you love us anymore?
I was with my family. A new romantic interest has kept me busy at home snuggled under the sheets. And most of all, it was important for me to return to my family and friends along with my reality. Plus, it was time for you all to focus on the cast of AR3.
You've talked about losing your partner to AIDS. How did dealing with his sickness and death effect your outlook on life?
It has changed everything for me. I have a new take on life. Everyone should look at that. Ask yourself, what would I do if the clock was ticking and I only had a short time to live? Which by the way, whether you have AIDS or not, we are all here temporarily and we should live our lives as if each day is the last day here on earth.
Can you talk a bit about the Nelson Benedicto Trust and what it does?
We are trying to raise funds in order to enrich the last days of an AIDS patient. During Nelson's final days, we were able to maintain our life style because we had resources. Money does not buy you happiness, but it sure does give you peace of mind. And during such a difficult time such as the final stages of AIDS, it can sure make things easier on the care takers and the patients. We hope to enhance the standard of care at Hospitals around the country. Create outreach programs to lower income patients and provide housing. I have concentrated locally, within my companies, to provide housing for people living with AIDS. My company has four buildings and we focus on renting to these individuals, providing a safe place where they will not be discriminated upon. Globally, we hope to raise enough money to act locally and donate large sums to drug companies for their continued efforts to find a cure this illness. Oswald and I dedicated a section in our web-page to Nelson's Trust. If any of your readers are interested in finding out more about it and or donating to the Foundation, please go to Oswaldanddanny.com.
How do you rejuvenate your inner Cha in this hectic world?
Spend the day at a Spa, have lunch with a great friend and go shopping till you drop.
How's Sabrina doing? She never seemed to achieve the fame that Guido from first season achieved - are you protecting her from the public? Shielding her from fame? Or does she just "vant to be alone?"
My darling Sabrina is doing great. Although it is always a good parent's duty to protect their baby from the public and shield them from fame, I must report that Sabrina has never has the need to achieve the fame that Guido pursued, you see she already had it in her own mind. She is a little diva and is very well recognized where it matters to her most, on Madison Avenue, on Fifth Avenue, on most part of the lower and upper east side in New York and finally on Lincoln Road and Bal Harbor in Miami Beach.