Oh, oh, oh, it's magic!

Romi Dames┬┐ career has always been a matter of fun and pixie dust. She plays a music fairy on a new Nickelodeon series, `Winx Club.┬┐

June 24, 2011|By Joyce Rudolph,
  • Romi Dames, who lives in Burbank, is actor from Dinsey's Hannah Montana and the animated series Phoenias and Ferb, at Brace Canyon Park in Burbank on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Romi Dames, who lives in Burbank, is actor from Dinsey's…

Magic has always played a major role in the acting career of Romi Dames.

Seems it helped in her early years landing parts in Community Theater, and later when she auditioned for “Hannah Montana” and won the role of Traci Van Horn. Now the Burbank resident’s new project is all about magic as she provides the voice for Musa, Fairy of Music, in Nickelodeon’s new animated series, “Winx Club.” The first of four one-hour specials premieres at 8 p.m. Monday.

The show is about six fairies learning to use their magical powers at fairy school.

“They call themselves the Winx, and they fight evil villains. It’s really fun,” Dames said. “I really like the girl power aspect. It’s a team of girls and they are very strong but very girly. When they aren’t fighting villains, they are shopping, hanging out and talking about boys.”

Dames’ depiction of Musa is unique, said Jeannine Hodson, associate producer of “Winx Club.”


“Romi delivers a vocal performance that is unexpected but perfectly embodies the character,” Hodson said. “Even if we tried to direct her to give us what we think we want, her natural instincts always surprise us by delivering more than we expected.”

Moving from live-action TV to voice-over has offered her a new perspective on acting, Dames said.

“In some ways, it’s not different than live-action TV; you are still acting,” she said. “It gives me more guidelines. But it’s not me performing the action. It’s really fun because the nature of the show, there are a lot of fight sequences, and the characters are fairies, so they fly. I wouldn’t be able to do that in live action. It’s free. I get to do everything my character does.”

Dames has wanted to act since she was 9, she said.

“I previously thought I was going to be a ballerina,” she said. But then she saw an audition notice on a bulletin board for a community theater production of “Annie.” It was the first audition her parents took her to.

“I got cast as the bratty orphan “Molly” and since then, that’s all I’ve wanted to do,” she said. “It’s just so much fun! I was not a brat in real life, but it was fun to play one.”

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