Ray Dono­van

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Dash as Ben­vo­lio in Romeo + Juliet.

Dash Mi­hok ad­mits that he wasn’t en­tirely pre­pared for the men­tal stress of play­ing Bren­dan “Bunchy” Dono­van in drama show Ray Dono­van (2013-cur­rent). “I spoke to vic­tims who were sex­u­ally abused and it was dis­turb­ing,” says the 43-year-old. “I had to go to very dark places that I never knew ex­isted.” But up­hill bat­tles aren’t new to Dash…

He was di­ag­nosed with tic-symp1

tom Tourette Syn­drome aged six after his dad Ray­mond saw him shak­ing his head vi­o­lently. Dash had two shoul­der surg­eries by his 20s to fix dam­age that his tic had caused.

He still uses med­i­ca­tion that calms 2

his tics but says that “my con­di­tion helped me be­come a bet­ter ac­tor. I had to pre­tend to be nor­mal”.

One of his favourite pieces of work 3

was play­ing Ben­vo­lio in Romeo + Juliet (1996) with Leonardo DiCaprio. But not be­cause of the guns and cars in the re-imag­ined movie. “It was great hav­ing an un­but­toned Hawai­ian shirt and shorts for wardrobe,” he laughs.

While he misses New York, Dash 4

loves liv­ing in LA be­cause he gets time to get “into the coun­try” to ride horses. He also en­joys danc­ing and wants to get into mu­sic, adding that “I’ve al­ways loved hip-hop and rap. It just feels right and calm­ing”.

Mu­sic is also a big part of his pri5

vate life. Dash is mar­ried to vi­o­lin player and singer Va­le­ria Ma­son and he dated Ala­nis Moris­sette from 1998 to 2001. He danced in Ala­nis’s video for So Pure, which she wrote for him.

He has his own band – Diz & The 6

Fam – and their 2015 mu­sic video for their song Love fea­tures the cast of Ray Dono­van, in­clud­ing Liev Schreiber (Ray) and Jon Voight (Mickey).

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