Last Call — Chillin’ With EG Daily
You may not know her to look at her, but chances are you have heard EG Daily. She is, after all, one of Hollywood’s most venerable voices, lending her perfect pipes to Rugrats as Tommy Pickles, Froggy in The Little Rascals, the porcine heroine of Babe 2, and the pugnacious Buttercup of The Powerpuff Girls. And perhaps most illustriously, the voice of the lead character Baby Mumble in the Academy-award-winning Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2. Indeed, her IMDB page reads like a grocery list of A-List successes.
But today, the versatile Daily is trading the recording booth for center stage. Releasing her new single Don’t Worry About Me, Daily, who competed on season 5 of The Voice and won a spot on Team Blake, is pushing one of her lesser-known talents to the fore: music. Having produced, composed, and sung on as many as 30 classic film soundtracks, from the gritty Scarface to the seminal The Breakfast Club, to the light-hearted Babe and Rugrats, Daily is one of Tinseltown’s go-to singers for a catchy tune. In a town where laurels wilt in nanoseconds, it pays to diversify.
But Daily is more than just a wannabe chanteuse striving for the spotlight; with almost 40 years in entertainment, she’s already famous. Her established vocal chops placed Daily at the vanguard for the causes most dear to her. The proceeds from Don’t Worry About Me benefits Last Chance for Animals and Tobies Small Dog Rescue. She explains that with the COVID pandemic, animal neglect is on the rise, and in more ways than one; along with actress Kim Basinger, Daily is committed to ending the South Korean dog meat trade.
Chilled sat down with Daily to discuss not only her singing voice but her social one and how the inactivity COVID lockdowns enforce merely moved her creative energies to other fronts (cocktails included).
Tell us about the projects you are working on.
I did three new music videos during COVID! Don’t Worry About Me is completely for my deep love for animals, and SO Pretty is all about the feelings of having so much pressure to look good and how important it is to work on your inside. The third is a brand new one we haven’t released yet, but soon! Also, I have in post-production a TV pilot called Beverly Hills Broke that I’m in, along with my daughter, Hunter Daily, who will be playing my TV daughter! So fun working with her! I wrapped a movie called The Blonde Experiment, where I play a pop star and social media influencer. And I’m doing lots of learning on how to enjoy and surrender to the major changes that come with being in a pandemic.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
I love fostering and being of service helping animals! Taking walks and hikes. Hanging out with my daughters. Oh, and organizing! I really love decluttering and organizing things! It makes me happy!
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
I like Nobu in Malibu for the sushi and Crossroads, a vegan restaurant. I love Pace in Laurel Canyon.
What types of dishes do you typically order?
Lots of kale salads! And soups. I like cozy foods, and sometimes I just love a yummy, gluten-free pasta.
Any favorite bars?
The bar at The Little Door in Los Angeles. It’s magical and tiny but also cozy. I also like the bar at Vibrato, up North Beverly Glen Boulevard. Now with COVID, it’s all outside in a twinkly lot in a cool Airstream. Also Pace, it has a lovely bar. Small and feels really intimate.
What drinks do you order when out? Favorite drink?
I usually order a nice chardonnay. But if I go to a cool Mexican restaurant, I LOVE a strawberry blended margarita or sometimes a minty mojito.
Do you prepare drinks at home?
No, not really we just crack open a nice bottle of wine usually.
Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?
Nice wines, a few nice bottles of tequila, a nice Vodka, and a few gift bottles of champagne.
Have you ever been a bartender?
Yes! We had a family rockabilly and punk club we owned called THE ANTI CLUB! I used to go there and help my mom and sister out at the bar sometimes if I wasn’t playing music.
If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?
What dishes/drinks are you making at home right now during “stay-at-home?”
Soup! A nice broccoli puree or just a nice organic vegetable soup.
How are you coping?
I’m actually finding a lot of amazing revelations during all this. I feel like the need to grind and hustle has calmed down allowing me to be more present and in the moment. I do a lot of self-care. Spend time with my family. I wear a mask. I sanitize and but still, I go out and do my day! I trust this is all kind of a rebirth and also teaching us to enjoy and be grateful for simpler things.
Actress, singer, and celebrity activist E.G. Daily releases her new single