During the third season, Daniels broke hearts with her performance when Dana is diagnosed with breast cancer, a battle she ultimately loses before the March 26 finale. We dont know what it is, but every once in a while he gets into whatever it is and ends up with all these little bumps. ED: Yeah, he gets a shot of Benadryl and then hes fine. KH: Dana went through a lot of very tough emotional evolutions on the show, from coming out of the closet in the first season to battling, and eventually succumbing to breast cancer in the third. As far as coming out of the closet, that was something that many people I know and love have done, so I talked to them.
I caught up with her by phone on a sunny Saturday afternoon at her home in Hollywood Hills. And because Ive never had to do that before, I looked at the character and said, The truth is, shes facing something about herself that shes had a hard time accepting, and then asked myself what I have had a hard time accepting that was difficult to tell my parents about.
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I suppose I just needed the attention so badly that I was like This is great!
This is more attention than I could ever need right here! The only thing I thought about was that the charactersthe way they were writtenwere very smart, very interesting and very complicated.
I loved the whole process of it I didnt know what I was doing, I just knew that I liked it.
Luckily my parents saw that and put me in classes at Webster Universitys theater for kids when I was around six. I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
KH: But youve certainly garnered a lot of attention for The L Word [which attracted close to a million viewers in its pilot episode, was just picked up for a fourth season and generates more than a third of all traffic on the Showtime website]. That combined with the fact that it was a cast made up of thinking women blew me away, because unfortunately, up until that time there wasnt a whole lot of that.
Sex and the City had just started to become popular and its really been in the past four or five years that people have realized producing shows about intelligent women actually makes successful television.