Mo­nop­oly on May­fair

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - RICK BENT­LEY

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.’’

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