Born: August 30, 1997
Date of Birth: August 30, 1997
Dana was just 11 years old when she landed an acting agent and shortly after, was asked to audition for the role as Edith, the middle sister, in Despicable Me (2010). Unfortunately, she was on her sixth grade camping trip at the time and missed the auditions. When she returned, the casting people had still not found the voice they wanted, so they auditioned Dana and she found out almost immediately that she had the part.
By the time the movie released, Dana was 13 and attending premieres and walking the Nickelodeon red carpet. However, Dana returned to bullying back home in New Jersey. After turning to her parents and older sister Jillian for guidance, Dana regained her confidence, and with the help of her parents launched GYourB.org, which stands for "Got Your Back." The website is a place for teens to share their experiences with bullying and uplift each other.
Dana reprised the role in the sequels Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Despicable Me 2 (2017) alongside actors Steve Carell, Trey Parker and Miranda Cosgrove. Dana will make her on-screen debut in a supporting role in the indie horror film The Ice Cream Truck, scheduled for a U.S. release in August 2017.
Dana is also a talented singer and songwriter who has performed in several musical theater productions. She has made an appearance on stage at Studio 54 in New York City, and played Nina Rosario in the UCLA production of In The Heights. She was also part of the critically-acclaimed award-winning choir Powerhouse. Dana’s song Take Control was featured on Bullied, a documentary done by MTV.
Dana's voice can also be heard as part of the Minion Mayhem rides at both Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Dana, who is currently studying communications, sociology and film at UCLA, says her friends and family keep her grounded. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, yoga and hiking.
FilmographyThe Ice Cream Truck (2017)