SOLIHULL starlet Lucy Davis seems to have it all.
After shooting to fame as Dawn Tinsley in the Golden Globe winning BBC TV series The Office, to being cast as one of the leading ladies in Wonder Woman – one of the most successful films in 2017.
But it hasn’t always been bright lights and red carpets for the 44-year-old who has had to seriously consider what she would do if her acting career didn’t stand the test of time.
Speaking to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant – hosts of the Brits In The Wood podcast – Lucy exclusively reveals how one of her alternate career paths, Reconnective Healing, has changed her life.
“It’s not a modality or a method, it’s not a treatment or a therapy,” Lucy says.
“It doesn’t diagnose and the practitioner’s hands don’t have to physically touch the client.”
Apparently it’s all to do with accessing a ‘comprehensive spectrum of frequencies’ that live in a ‘scientific field’ that we’re all part of.
In the podcast she explains to the hosts about a spiritual experience she had in Trafalgar Square while on the set of Wonder Woman, where she plays Etta Candy, Wonder Woman’s best friend whose battle cry is ‘For the love of chocolate.’
Lucy said: “I’m half way through the day and we break for lunch. I go and check my phone and I have a text saying my grandma had passed away that morning.
“She was 101 and she was my Wonder Woman. So I took myself off to the loo and had a cry and only told my make-up artist as she had to do my face. I didn’t want to tell anyone else. I wanted to just get through the day.”
She continued it was while filming later in the afternoon she felt as though her grandma was listening to her.
Lucy said: “Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and I were doing a scene walking through about 500 supporting actors with the camera on us and I said in my head, ‘Are you around yet Nan? Can you hear me? I don’t know where you are.’
“Suddenly on this grey drizzly rainy day, the cloud parted and light came down, landed on me – landed on Gal – we had to stop filming.”
Lucy insists her life has changed for the better, thanks to her younger sister, Hannah – a Reconnective Healing practitioner in the UK who introduced Lucy to the practice.
So much so she has built up her own solid base of clients in Los Angeles and has now treated 600 to 700 people.
Whether Lucy has special healing powers or not is yet to be proven. But in the podcast she does talk about a couple of spiritual experiences with ‘the other side’.
After one particular session in her own home, Lucy claims a child’s hand-print mysteriously materialised on a blanket.
She says that to this day the photos she took of it will randomly appear on her computer from time to time without her pulling them up.
Lucy said she’s not afraid if people think she’s bonkers.
She added: “I’m not telling you what it is, this is just the facts of the experience and it was magical.”
In the podcast, she also speaks about the lengths she had to go to before auditioning for the role of Etta and how it seemed like ‘mission impossible’.
Asked what the process was like of getting to star in a major blockbuster movie, she says: “It was now two years ago when I auditioned. My agents said: ‘You’re going for this role’ but I didn’t know what it was for.
“I had to join this website, put in a password, change the password. Then the scenes would come up but if the cursor went off the screen it would all go blurry. I wasn’t allowed to take screenshots or it would all disappear. It felt like I was in Mission Impossible.
“Then I spoke to Patty Jenkins the director on Skype for about an hour. We didn’t talk much about the role. We just geeked out about how we love superhero movies.”
Having grown up among show-biz gods, Lucy’s father being British comedy mega star Jasper Carrott, she is no stranger to fame.
But life hasn’t been all plain sailing for her.
In the podcast, she speaks about her public battle with eating disorders and how she overcame this.
In the interview, she also explains what her life has been like since she was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1993. Her mum donated a kidney.
She was given just eight years to live 20 years ago. She also contracted diabetes from the medication she has to take every day.
Lucy tells her story of what it was like growing up with her famous dad, and how she made an effort while at drama school in London not to tell anyone who her dad was.
To listen to the full interview, the Brits in the Wood podcast is available on iTunes, GooglePlay or Stitcher.
Lucy’s episode is show 39 and it is also available for free on www.BritsInTheWood.com
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The thing about Lucy Davis. In real life she’s as sweet as Dawn Tinsley and as likeable as Etta Candy. However, after all she’s been through, she’s also a real life Wonder Woman too.
Wonder Woman 2 is one of the most highly-anticipated movies on the current DC Films slate. But the sequel is currently caught up in sexual harassment allegations against Brett Ratner, who was a producer on the first Wonder Woman movie.
When the allegations against Ratner came to light, lead actress Gal Gadot was one of the loudest voices calling for action, reportedly stating that she wouldn’t return for the sequel unless Ratner was booted from the film.
We certainly hope it gets made as we can’t wait to see Lucy Davis once again adorn the big screen as the adorable Etta Candy.
We’re proud to call her one of our own – our own real life Wonder Woman from right here in Solihull.