QUICK­FIRE with ac­tor Danny Mac

Ac­tor and Strictly fi­nal­ist Danny Mac on feng shui, frus­trat­ing phones and faffing about

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Guilty plea­sure? Any song by One Di­rec­tion – or a pizza. Where is home? I was born in Brom­ley and grew up in Bog­nor Regis, but at the mo­ment I live wher­ever work takes me. I hope to find some­where per­ma­nent soon. Ca­reer plan B? To be an even busier ac­tor. Who would play you in a movie of your life? Tom Hardy would make me cooler than I could pos­si­bly imag­ine. Big­gest bug­bear? Peo­ple us­ing their phones in the theatre or cin­ema, whether I’m on stage or in the au­di­ence. As a child you wanted to be… A Power Ranger or su­per­hero. Ear­li­est mem­ory? Sit­ting at my grand­par­ents’ din­ner ta­ble in South­east London. Se­cret to a happy re­la­tion­ship? Hon­esty. Most of all, you have to be hon­est with your­self about your feel­ings. Your best qual­ity? My op­ti­mism. And your worst? I waste too much time faffing about. Most ro­man­tic thing you’ve ever done? Pro­pose to my fi­ancée [ac­tress Car­ley Sten­son] in La­guna Beach in Cal­i­for­nia on my 28th birth­day last year. She was gob­s­macked. Last meal on earth? A big plat­ter of bar­be­cued meat. Dream din­ner-party guests? As many fam­ily mem­bers as pos­si­ble, from my grand­par­ents on­wards. It would be a big gath­er­ing – my nan is one of 12. Ad­vice to teenage self? Do more, read more, think less. Cat or dog? I love all an­i­mals and have two cock­apoos, Bar­ney and Bai­ley, who live with my mum. What do you see when you look in the mir­ror? An eight-year-old dreamer who’s trav­elled a long way from boy­hood in Bog­nor Regis. Ca­reer high­light? Since get­ting into drama school, which was a dream come true, my ca­reer has been a se­ries of high­lights – from star­ring in my first stage mu­si­cal and join­ing Hol­lyoaks, to be­ing on Strictly last year. Best mem­o­ries of Strictly? Per­form­ing the cha cha on the first live show was bril­liant, and by the time I did the samba to­wards the end of the se­ries, I felt I’d achieved so much. I think I’ve had a more pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from peo­ple be­cause I didn’t win than if I had won. Starstruck mo­ment? Bump­ing into Ben Af­fleck at the BBC when he was on his way to an in­ter­view with Gra­ham Nor­ton. Favourite tip­ple? An old fash­ioned, which is a whisky-based cock­tail. Hang­over cure? If I’m try­ing to be good, a walk in the fresh air and a swim. Oth­er­wise, a spicy bloody mary and a cou­ple of pints of Guin­ness. Top of your bucket list? Sky­div­ing, even though I’m ter­ri­fied at the thought. Se­cret skill? I’m into feng shui and have to re­ar­range fur­ni­ture if I’m not happy with it. One thing that would make your life bet­ter? A place to call home. Phi­los­o­phy? Carpe diem – seize the day. Where would you time travel to? The golden age of Hol­ly­wood. First record you bought? ‘Pop Ya Col­lar’ by Usher. Most extravagant pur­chase? My Land Rover Free­lander 2, which I love. But I do so much driv­ing that buy­ing it has ab­so­lutely jus­ti­fied it­self. Your big­gest re­gret? I don’t do re­grets. Big­gest fear? Re­gret­ting things. Celebrity crush? Si­enna Miller. Hap­pi­ness is… A well-earned day off sur­rounded by my dogs and fam­ily. Danny will star in On The Town at Re­gent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, from 19 May to 1 July; ope­nair theatre.com

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