Charm City Kings' Lil Dee Dee Talks Having a Career as a Teenager and Inspiring his Generation

Maybe you've seen him dancing in videos with Chris Brown or Usher. Maybe you've seen him recently in the movie Charm City Kings or in Tyler Perry's If Loving You is Wrong. One thing is for certain, you will see this face in more projects in the near future. At just 16 years old, Donielle Hansley, or Lil Dee Dee as most people know him, is a dancer, actor and producer who is showing no signs of slowing down his career. Coming from a family full of creatives, it was natural for Donielle to get the bug and become something great.

When did you get to a place where you realized being in the entertainment industry and being a

creative was something that you wanted to do?

It started off with dance when I was about three years old and then acting came into play around seven or eight years old. I come from a family of entertainers, so when I was about three or four, I came to my mom and my dad saying "this is what I want to do." They said, "If you're going to give it your all then we're going to support it." I wasn't really too sure about acting because dancing, performing and entertaining was just what we did, but acting was totally different. It was something new and at seven or eight years old, I had to come out of my comfort zone and do something that I don't know if I'm good at or not. I did an audition for a Tyler Perry role, ended up getting the job and it was history from there. Started off with Tyler Perry's If Loving You is Wrong, then Containment on Netflix then The Amazing World of Gumball on The Cartoon Network and Terror Lake Drive which is out now. So at the top of 2020, I decided that I want to dabble in something different so I joined my 18-year-old sister, who is an artist in the studio and boom. I found a new passion for producing.