A true jetsetter, actress, singer and producer Danielle Savre is constantly on the go! We caught up with her in La Jolla, California to find out all of her lust-worthy vacation inspiration! 


YOUR MOST LOVED VACATION DESTINATION?

Florence, Italy

FAVOURITE HOTELS?

La Maison Favart in Paris; www.lamaisonfavart.com

The Refinery in New York; www.refineryhotelnewyork.com

ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Scuba dive in the Maldives

Skydive over Santa Barbara

White water raft at the Grand Canyon

TOP SPA?

Nordik Spa in Quebec; chelsea.lenordik.com

YOUR VACATION STYLE?

Adventurous

YOUR BEACH READ?

Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman

3 PACKING ESSENTIALS?

Saje Essential Oils ; www.saje.com 

Noise Cancelling Headphones by Bose; www.bose.com.au

Equipment cashmere comfy sweater; www.equipmentfr.com

YOUR PACKING ADVICE? 

Less is more!

HOW DO YOU GET READY FOR A BEACH HOLIDAY?  

Get my work out on! I prefer Rise Nation, a full body, kick-my-butt VersaClimbing class that is thankfully popping up all over the world! www.rise-nation.com

WHAT IS YOUR AIRPORT STYLE?

Classic Casual Comfort. Typically, black layers with a tank top, cashmere sweater, scarf and a coat for the constant change in temperature at airports, on the plane and from location to location. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY BEAUTY TIPS FOR FLYING?

✓ Dermalogica Resurfacer

✓ Evan Healy Rose Geranium facial toner

✓ The Angelo David Flex Brush

✓ Bite Beauty Lip Gloss

✓ Visine for contacts eye drops

✓ EO hand sanitizer spray 

WHAT SWIMWEAR TREND IS A MUST THIS SEASON?

Finding that perfect, sexy, compliment all the right areas, one piece. Especially if I can throw some jeans over it and pass it off as a leotard! Dual purpose and takes up less suitcase space! I’m in. 

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOU STYLE?

Ever-evolving.

WHAT ARE YOUR SEASON’S THREE WARDROBE MUSTS?

Bringing back velvet, incorporating a chic belt bag, and finding that perfect red trench coat.

WHAT FASHION TREND WILL YOU BE ROCKING THIS SEASON?

Everything and anything with broad shoulders or shoulder pads incorporated into the design.

WHAT IS THE ONE BEAUTY PRODUCT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara, elizabetharden.com


SNAP CHAT

This issue’s cover girl, Danielle Savre, is a certified breakout star in both the acting and fashion worlds and is set to be catapulted into international stardom with the return of the Shonda Rhimes Smash Hit Grey’s Anatomy Spinoff, Station 19 which graces screens from October 2018 for another enthralling season.  

Already a seasoned actress with a variety of high profile credits, Savre’s introduction into the Shondaland/TGIT family has cemented her into prime-time recognition with the role of Maya Bishop on the Grey’s Anatomy firefighter spinoff: Station 19 under the helm of showrunner Stacey McKee. Bishop, a straight talking ex-Olympian gold medalist with a backstory that is sure to keep us on the edge of our seats for seasons to come, has become a fast fan favorite and garnered Savre the title of rising star.

When the TV hero isn’t putting out fires wearing 70lbs of firefighting gear, you can find her embracing her love of fashion. This past September, Savre took New York Fashion Week by storm with front row appearances at iconic Badgley Mishka and season favorites Romeo Hunte and Chromat among the highlihghts of her trip to the Big Apple.

Danielle sits down with RETREAT to talk her journey, how it was all made possible, what drives her to fulfill the future we believe is on the horizon, and of course some fashion and beauty tips!

HOW NEW FOR YOU WAS THE SEATTLE OF STATION 19? WERE YOU ALREADY FAMILIAR WITH IT FROM WATCHING GREY’S ANATOMY?

I knew it rained a lot, the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners were their sports teams and that Starbucks was founded there. So, I knew very little! I fell in love with the city and the experience of immersing myself into the culture and environment. It is filled with creative and authentic people, delicious food, ever more delicious coffee and so many breathtaking waterfront views! 

CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER, MAYA, AND WHY YOU LOVE PLAYING HER?

Stacy Mckee, the creator of Station 19 brilliantly layers the aspects of Maya, shining a light on her flaws, attributes and traits. Maya is the believer, the optimistic realist, loyal friend, feminist, determined to a fault and her own worst critic. She has so many facets to play off between her brother being a recovering addict to her winning a gold medal at the London Olympics before hanging up her shoes and deciding to become a firefighter. Usually you start a show with a character that you need to build from the ground up with no backstory. Maya was handed over to me with so many interesting and exciting elements that made stepping into her shoes effortless. I’m excited to continually bring her to life and to watch how she continues to evolve.

YOUR SISTER IS ACTUALLY A FIREFIGHTER, TOO! HAS SHE HELPED YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR CHARACTER MORE?

Absolutely, It felt like I had been preparing to play a firefighter for the last 4 years! I stood by my sister as she struggled to get into the academy. As she fought to prove her self during boot camp and how she garnered respect during her first year on the job. I had first-hand experience of the struggles that not just firefighters face but that female firefighters face. I have an understanding that I can’t fully put into words. It just feels very natural to be playing this role since it is so close to home and my heart. However, because I do respect my sister so much I put a lot of pressure on myself to portray the female firefighter stories as accurate as I possibly can. To represent them and all their badassery and to be an example to young girls and women watching that anything is possible!

SHONDA RHIMES IS FAMOUS FOR BREAKING STEREOTYPES AND COVERING PERTINENT SOCIETAL THEMES IN HER SHOWS. STATION 19, OF COURSE, IS NO DIFFERENT. YOUR CHARACTER, MAYA, FOR EXAMPLE, CANDIDLY COMES OUT AS BISEXUAL A FEW EPISODES IN. WAS THAT NEWS TO YOU WHEN YOU SAW THAT EPISODE SCRIPT, OR DID YOU KNOW GOING IN THAT YOU’D BE PART OF SHONDALAND’S EFFORTS TO BOOST LGBT REPRESENTATION ON-SCREEN?

I was told in the first meeting we had for the show and was honoured to play a bisexual character!  I have a lot of friends that are part of the LGBTQ community and I have always taken pride in representing them in roles I have taken throughout the years. I am very passionate about breaking certain stereotypes surrounding LGBTQ characters and advocating ways to diversify the stories that are being told. I applaud Stacy McKee for not making Maya’s sexuality an event and just simply making it another facet of who she is.

HOW HAVE FANS REACTED TO MAYA, COMPARED TO PREVIOUS ROLES YOU’VE HAD?

I’ve been blessed with having the most amazing and loyal fans. No matter the role or project they have always supported my work and me. Whether I was playing a marine, a lead singer of a rock band, or a cheerleader (twice) one time the queen B and the other time the comedic punching bag. They continue to recognize my hard work and encourage me to grow and achieve more than I ever thought possible. As for Maya, I have experienced an enormous flood of love and acceptance for her. I believe her excitement and passion for life and firefighting is infectious and exciting not just for fans to watch but for me to play!

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR SEASON 2?

Every episode is a surprise and constantly changing so I get excited for things that are announced daily. But I am personally excited to explore more of Andy and Maya’s friendship and how that came to be and where that friendship is going. I am also interested to discover more of Maya’s past and why she chose to stop running and to become a firefighter. When did she find out she was bisexual? Is she as happy as she presents herself to be? I’m interested in slowing unravelling Maya more and more to get to the root of her how and why.

YOU’VE BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR BODY POSITIVITY IN THE MEDIA LATELY? DO YOU FEEL PRESSURE AS A ROLE MODEL FOR BOTH YOUNG WOMEN BOTH ON SCREEN IN YOUR ROLE AS WELL AS OFF SCREEN IN YOUR MEDIA LIFE?

No pressure at all, I’m honest, almost too honest. I stay true to myself and am accepting of how my body looks at any time. Sometimes it’s not what I would like it to look like and that’s okay. Sometimes I want to eat a basket of fries or just indulge a little and that’s okay. I believe we must remember to enjoy living. It’s more about being healthy and treating our bodies with love and care. We only have one, right? As a society we have become fixated on a number on the scale or that size of jeans. It should be about health, about feeling good and owning every curve on your body. No two bodies are alike, and they shouldn’t be. It’s what makes us unique and special. I remember telling one of my cast mates, who was anxious because a bra scene was just sprung on her, that it has nothing to do with how you look, it’s about how you carry yourself. I know that’s easier said than done and I even have down days but start practicing it and you will be amazed at how much happier you are with both yourself and with life in general. Imagine not having to live up to some model idea of what you should look like. It’s bullshit and unrealistic in the age of airbrushing and Facetune. I believe being yourself is more attractive and intriguing than trying to mold yourself into what everyone else is saying you should be. And truthfully, it’s exhausting so why waste your time doing it?

TAKE US THROUGH SOME OF YOUR CHARITABLE WORKS MOST RECENTLY IN DC WITH CARE.ORG.

I stumbled upon Care when one of the writers from Station 19 invited me to their annual convention in Washington D.C. I had done some research prior and was won over by their mission to globally defeat poverty and achieve social justice. Then, I arrived in D.C. and knew it was something I would regret if I wasn’t a part of. Care exemplifies integrity, equality and their work in the 94 countries around the world speaks for itself. It was inspiring not just to learn about them but also to have them take me with them to Capitol Hill for 2 days and fight for IVAWA and maintaining the foreign aid budget. Simply getting to sit down with Senators and Congressmen and women and debate on topics both Care and I believed in was a life changing experience! I am proud to be able to support their change further and will be attending their next Care Journey to witness firsthand the changes they are making in the world we live in for the better.