Model, actress and ex-girlfriend of Larry David says that she is ‘in a much better place’
‘Baywatch’ alum Donna D’Errico says she still doesn’t know how to swim: ‘I can’t even tread water’
Former Baywatch actress Donna D’Errico has been trying to learn how to swim for the past six years but says that after learning nothing at all, she is still not able to tread water.
The Massachusetts native appeared in a splashy season eight episode of the hit series as one of the character David’s female classmates. However, her acting career didn’t go far, and D’Errico recently opened up to In Touch about her struggle.
She said that since she landed on the movie set for the 1989 William Ringer film Pearl Harbor, she “broke all the scripts in half and took the pages with me, believing I could figure it out”. She was only able to keep a few pages due to the lack of a script.
“My face started to freeze. I looked around, and everyone was just wondering what was going on,” D’Errico told In Touch. “In other words, I couldn’t take it. The process of finding myself was exhausting.”
After learning to swim professionally, D’Errico did so again after a two-month ordeal of swimming in open water to prepare for lifeguard training. In the current issue of In Touch, the former model writes about her lack of confidence that she found her “place in the world, again”.
“I still had completely failed. I had nothing that I was proud of, no discernible skill that I brought to any realm of life. The following morning, I laid down at the bottom of the pool, opened up my eyes, and began sobbing.”
But that’s not to say she has forgotten her love of taking on challenges. In her extensive blog and social media pages, D’Errico shares candidly of her life away from the spotlight, her charity work and challenges in her relationships.
“The fact that I now love people and can be fully and wholeheartedly open to letting people into my world is a huge step in my life,” she wrote. “Now, I want to be present, open, and respectful in my relationships.”
D’Errico’s father died in March and after returning from the funeral, she said, she needed a time away from the outside world for “the first time since childhood”.
“I’m still in a much better place than I’ve ever been in my life, but I’ve definitely been there before,” she told the magazine. “I needed that time to figure things out, and I’m not a person that’s given up so easily.”
She added: “My ex-boyfriend was only 27 when we broke up. I know he has his flaws, but I don’t feel responsible for what happened between us.”