Monopoly on Mayfair
BEING the new kid on the block can be tough. But that wasn’t the case when Dana Delany became a resident of one of the best-known, most troubled neighbourhoods on television.
Delany (right) joined the cast of Desperate Housewives in 2007 to play Katherine Mayfair. She had her chance to be part of the series from the start but declined the offer.
‘‘I had done (TV series) Pasadena and I thought it was too similar to the role I had in that series,’’ Delany, 52, says.
‘‘I don’t think of jobs in terms of career. I look in terms of what excites me. And I felt I had already played that role.
‘‘Then it became a huge hit. I looked at it and said, ‘Did I make a big mistake?’ ’’
Delany’s second chance has a lot to do with the show’s creator, Marc Cherry, who couldn’t be happier that Delany finally said yes.
‘‘We’ve had the best time with her and we’re all so grateful for the energy she has brought to the show,’’ Cherry says.
‘‘One of my favourite things of last season was the weird, twisted relationship that Dana and Marcia had. It was some of the most fun we’ve ever had writing.’’
He’s referring to how the characters played by Delany and Marcia Cross went from rivals to catering partners. This year, the bond between them is even deeper.
Last season, Katherine spent most of her time protecting her daughter. Katherine’s dark secrets included an abusive husband and the adoption of a child as a substitute for a dead daughter.
Delany’s second season comes with a fastforward, Cherry having moved the storyline ahead five years.
Delany liked that Cherry made her character cold in the beginning. It wasn’t until all the secrets were revealed that the character was able to change.
Delany says the time-shift has allowed her character to become ‘‘a little more human’’.
Cherry plans to reveal more about Katherine and he’ll have time, because he’s determined to keep Delany around.
‘‘Now that I’ve worked with Dana, I need to work with her for a couple more years. I can’t let her go yet,’’ Cherry says.
‘‘People come on the show in all sorts of guest-star capacities and some really click and some don’t. It very much affects what we do in the writers’ room.
‘‘When Dana started, after the episodes started coming in and we were editing them, it was like, ‘Oh, wow, this thing’s really working’. And then, the response from the fans was amazing.’’