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Larry Birkhead talks protecting Dannielynn and keeping Anna Nicole Smith’s memory alive

Larry Birkhead and his 13-year-old daughter Dannielynn Birkhead live a quiet country life out of the Hollywood spotlight.

The 46-year-old father has maintained a low-profile for the sake of his only daughter in the 12 years since her mother Anna Nicole Smith’s tragic passing from an accidental drug overdose in 2007.

In a rare interview with DailyMailTV’s Jesse Palmer at their Kentucky home, the Birkheads spoke exclusively about staying out the public eye and how they work to keep Anna Nicole’s memory alive. 

A glimpse at their lives: Larry Birkhead and his daughter Dannielynn opened up about her late mother Anna Nicole in a rare interview with DailyMailTV’s Jesse Palmer at their Kentucky home

The father-daughter duo chatted about what it was like for Dannielynn to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a Guess model in 2012. 

‘We took her to New York to show her the billboard – it’s freezing cold,’ the proud father told DailyMailTV. ‘I said look up there! And she’s like, “yeah let’s go.”‘

The braces-faced and beautiful teenager blushed sitting next to her dad as she talked about seeing herself, larger than life in Times Square.  

‘It was kind of weird to see me in all of that, like giant billboard in New York,’ Dannielynn said with a big smile. ‘I don’t like people staring at me.’

Low key: The 46-year-old father has maintained a low-profile for the sake of his only daughter in the 12 years since her mother's tragic passing from an accidental drug overdose in 2007

Low key: The 46-year-old father has maintained a low-profile for the sake of his only daughter in the 12 years since her mother’s tragic passing from an accidental drug overdose in 2007

Like mother, like daughter: Larry and his daughter duo chatted about what it was like for Dannielynn to follow in her mother's footsteps as a Guess model in 2012 - a modeling job that was a one-time deal, according to Larry

Like mother, like daughter: Larry and his daughter duo chatted about what it was like for Dannielynn to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a Guess model in 2012 – a modeling job that was a one-time deal, according to Larry

'We took her to New York to show her the billboard - it's freezing cold,' the proud father told DailyMailTV. 'I said look up there! And she's like, "yeah let's go."'

‘We took her to New York to show her the billboard – it’s freezing cold,’ the proud father told DailyMailTV. ‘I said look up there! And she’s like, “yeah let’s go.”‘

Larry explained that he and Dannielynn made the decision to do the modeling campaign as a one-time deal to honor Anna Nicole.    

‘It was the 25th anniversary of her mom’s campaign,’ he said. 

Dannielynn added: ‘It was actually really cool because now I get to know what it felt like.’ 

Throughout her young life fans have tried to draw comparisons between the late blonde bombshell and her mini-me daughter, especially after she modeled for Guess but Larry thinks that is mostly media spin. 

'It was kind of weird to see me in all of that, like giant billboard in New York,' Dannielynn said with a big smile. 'I don't like people staring at me.'

'It was actually really cool because now I get to know what it felt like.'

‘It was kind of weird to see me in all of that, like giant billboard in New York,’ Dannielynn said with a big smile. ‘I don’t like people staring at me.’

'It was the 25th anniversary of her mom's campaign,' Larry said about making the decision to allow his daughter to model

‘It was the 25th anniversary of her mom’s campaign,’ Larry said about making the decision to allow his daughter to model

‘We’ve had pictures where we actually look pretty much like each other,’ Larry said. ‘For the most part the media, because they want her to look like her mother, they will say she’s the spitting image.

‘Because, it’s a bigger story if she looks like Anna Nicole because then she can follow in her footsteps. Usually it’s like “Dannielynn, the daughter of Anna Nicole,”‘ he continued.

Adding with a laugh and placing his hands over Dannielynn’s ears: ‘I’m like well, there were two of us there at the time.’  

Media spin: Larry thinks his teenager looks a lot like him despite the media calling her the 'spitting image' of her late model mother

'It's a bigger story if she looks like Anna Nicole because then she can follow in her footsteps.' (Anna Nicole Smith pictured in 1993)

Media spin: Larry thinks his teenager looks a lot like him despite the media calling her the ‘spitting image’ of her late model mother

'We've had pictures where we actually look pretty much like each other,' Larry said.

‘We’ve had pictures where we actually look pretty much like each other,’ Larry said.

Despite her late mother’s success as a model and apparent love for the spotlight, Larry has made a conscious effort to ensure that his daughter gets to live life like any other child. 

‘People always say, “Is she going to be an actress? Is she going to be a model?” And I never push her in a certain direction,’ Larry said. ‘Actually, I get calls all the time and I say “no she’s not interested in doing that kind of stuff.”‘

Adding: ‘Right now she’s just being a kid.’ 

'People always say, "Is she going to be an actress? Is she going to be a model?" And I never push her in a certain direction,' Larry said. 'Actually, I get calls all the time and I say "no she's not interested in doing that kind of stuff."'

‘People always say, “Is she going to be an actress? Is she going to be a model?” And I never push her in a certain direction,’ Larry said. ‘Actually, I get calls all the time and I say “no she’s not interested in doing that kind of stuff.”‘

Normalcy: Birkhead made a conscious choice to keep Dannielynn insulated from Hollywood so she can be a regular kid

Normalcy: Birkhead made a conscious choice to keep Dannielynn insulated from Hollywood so she can be a regular kid

Dannielynn said she likes living her quiet Kentucky life. But, despite staying mostly out of the limelight, she recently took an acting class and seemed to take to the art like a duck to water. 

‘She surprised me because last year she took an acting class,’ Larry explained. ‘I got an email from a teacher and she said Dannielynn gave one of the most believable performances of the whole, whole entire school.’

‘So, if she wants to do something like that when she’s older … we’ll see when we get there.’

'She surprised me because last year she took an acting class,' Larry explained. 'I got an email from a teacher and she said Dannielynn gave one of the most believable performances of the whole, whole entire school.'

‘She surprised me because last year she took an acting class,’ Larry explained. ‘I got an email from a teacher and she said Dannielynn gave one of the most believable performances of the whole, whole entire school.’

The 13-year-old told DailyMailTV: 'It's really cool like to act as a character, not yourself. Portraying a new person is fun.'

The 13-year-old told DailyMailTV: ‘It’s really cool like to act as a character, not yourself. Portraying a new person is fun.’

Chiming in, the teen added: ‘It’s really cool like to act as a character, not yourself. Portraying a new person is fun.’  

The public has had a fascination with Dannielynn since she was born – just three days before the death of her brother Daniel. 

‘[Dannielynn] knows just really that her mom was famous and she knows about Daniel,’ Larry revealed. ‘I try to incorporate both of them because sometimes Daniel gets forgotten.’ 

Tragic beginning: The public has had a fascination with Dannielynn since she was born - just three days before the death of her brother Daniel - and five months before her mother died

Tragic beginning: The public has had a fascination with Dannielynn since she was born – just three days before the death of her brother Daniel – and five months before her mother died

'[Dannielynn] knows just really that her mom was famous and she knows about Daniel,' Larry revealed. 'I try to incorporate both of them because sometimes Daniel gets forgotten.' (Anna Nicole and Daniel pictured in 1994)

‘[Dannielynn] knows just really that her mom was famous and she knows about Daniel,’ Larry revealed. ‘I try to incorporate both of them because sometimes Daniel gets forgotten.’ (Anna Nicole and Daniel pictured in 1994)

‘We try to talk about him and I shared a birthday with him, so we always celebrated together.’  

Daniel died of an accidental overdose in Anna Nicole’s hospital room in the maternity ward of a hospital in the Bahamas where she had just given birth to Dannielynn. He was 20 at the time. 

Five months later Anna Nicole died, also of an accidental overdose, at 39-years-old.      

'You know, I tell her stories about them and I try to not make it heavy, because she's just now becoming a teenager and I think some of that stuff will come.'

‘You know, I tell her stories about them and I try to not make it heavy, because she’s just now becoming a teenager and I think some of that stuff will come.’

'That's the thing, there's so many bad things that people say and rarely do you hear the good things she did for charities and different people. Those are the stories I like to tell, you know? Not the ones you see in the checkout stand.'

‘That’s the thing, there’s so many bad things that people say and rarely do you hear the good things she did for charities and different people. Those are the stories I like to tell, you know? Not the ones you see in the checkout stand.’

‘You know, I tell her stories about them and I try to not make it heavy, because she’s just now becoming a teenager and I think some of that stuff will come.’  

Until that time, the concerned father said he has tried to insulate his daughter from the negative press and commentary about Anna Nicole. 

‘That’s the thing, there’s so many bad things that people say and rarely do you hear the good things she did for charities and different people. Those are the stories I like to tell, you know? Not the ones you see in the checkout stand.’ 

Part two of DailyMailTV’s exclusive interview with the Birkheads airs Wednesday.  

Tune in: Part two of DailyMailTV's exclusive interview with the Birkheads airs Wednesday

Tune in: Part two of DailyMailTV’s exclusive interview with the Birkheads airs Wednesday

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