Fear fac­tor a mo­ti­va­tor for Body of Proof star Dana De­lany

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WHEN Dana De­lany (pic­tured) be­gan act­ing she tended to be a per­fec­tion­ist. Now she says: ‘‘There’s no such thing as perfection. I’ve con­nected with a lot of young girls through Twit­ter and my mes­sage is: ‘Have faith in your im­per­fec­tions’. I think ev­ery­body is too hard on them­selves. So I think my prac­tice th­ese days is to catch that thought be­fore it hap­pens.’’ De­lany tried to be per­fect when she au­di­tioned for her first Broad­way role and had to as­sume an Ir­ish ac­cent. ‘‘I was 24 and I’d never even heard an Ir­ish ac­cent be­fore,’’ she says. ‘‘This is back when there were records and I went to an Ir­ish book­store and got a record­ing of Siob­han McKenna read­ing Molly Bloom’s speech from James Joyce’s Ulysses. And I just kept putting the nee­dle up and down on it over and over again and lis­tened to her un­til I got the rhythm.’’ She stayed in voice all the way to the theatre. That kind of pluck stayed with De­lany through mem­o­rable per­for­mances in shows in­clud­ing China Beach, Des­per­ate House­wives and Body of Proof. I still get scared and I like to get scared – oth­er­wise I wouldn’t do it. I like be­ing scared. When I’m scared I just trans­late it into ex­cite­ment, they’re the same thing.’’ Even when she has her doubts, De­lany faces them head-on. ‘‘I like a chal­lenge and try to look at the big­ger pic­ture and know that this is a mo­ment in time that will pass. And just try it. You’ve noth­ing to lose.’’ What re­ally mat­ters, she says, is ‘‘true con­nec­tion with peo­ple, real, sin­cere, in­no­cent con­nec­tion.’’

Body of Proof: Tues­days, 9.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

– LUAINE LEE

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