Fear factor a motivator for Body of Proof star Dana Delany
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