Dani Dyer wasted no time in revealing her celebrity family secret in the opening episode of Love Island 2018.
The actress and barmaid, who is the daughter of EastEnders star Danny Dyer, revealed to fellow contestant Jack Fincham the identity of her soap and movie star father.
Discussing her future ambitions, Dani revealed: "I’ve always wanted to do acting. My dad’s an actor. Having that in your family, when you’re on set, it was weird for me, being brought up with it, I thought ‘I like this.’"
A curious Jack asked who her dad is, which prompted Dani to declare: "My dad…let’s just get it out the way. My dad’s Danny Dyer."
The confession did little to deter Jack, who’s excited by Dani’s celebrity connections: "When Dani told me that her dad’s Danny Dyer, I just thought ‘what?’ I’m not going to lie to you, I love him as an actor.”
Jack’s reaction got the thumbs up from Dani: "I had to bring up my dad, I knew sooner or later that I would mention who my dad was. And it was actually a really nice reaction. Usually boys get a little bit…they start getting all ‘gangster’ and they start quoting films. He didn’t quote one quote and I thought ‘thank god for that.”
Their conversation created a spark between the two Londoners, with Jack confessing: "First impressions of Dani, she’s really pretty. She’s really easy to get on with. I think she’s lovely. Where we’re quite similar. I just felt instant…not awkward, I can talk to her, have a good chat. Again you just don’t know. I really like her. I fancy her.”
Dani also admitted that Jack is like the guys she usually goes for, which immediately rings alarm bells: “I like his personality, but with the trainers, the hair…I thought ‘you’ve done it again Dan’…my mates would go to me ‘what are you doing Dan?”
There’s another concern for Dani, who’s not sure to make of Jack’s whiter than white veneers: "His teeth are really white though, they are so white."
But stationery sales manager Jack has an unusual plan in which to win Dani’s affection, which he elaborates on in the Beach Hut:
"To be fair I’m going give Dani a lifetime’s supply of highlighters so that when she’s learning her lines for her acting, she’s going to think of me…she can’t forget me then can she?”
With the first night barely underway in the villa, Jack reveals he may already be falling in too deep: "I really like Dani, I do. Honestly, just talking to her. I get too emotional too quickly. When I like someone I don’t really hide it. I just want to talk to them, and I want to be with them. I think she’s really nice, I think Dani’s really nice and I like her a lot."
Love Island continues on Tuesday, 9pm.
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