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Dana Delany on 'Castle,' 'Desperate Housewives' and Kissing Julie Benz

by Jenna Busch, posted Mar 22nd 2010 6:00PM
CastleABC has learned what we all knew for so long: Dana Delany is a hot commodity. Not only is the 'Desperate Housewives' star heating things up on the series, she's guesting on 'Castle' and things have gotten so hot they're literally explosive.

On 'Castle' (Mon., 10PM ET on ABC), Delany plays Jordan Shaw, an FBI investigator called in to help catch a serial killer. Fans will naturally recognize this as a mini 'Desperate Housewives' reunion because 'Castle' star Nathan Fillion played Delany's husband on the series.

We got a chance to chat with Delany and she gave us the scoop on her 'Castle' stint, the pilot that could determine whether she returns for next season's 'Desperate Housewives' (Sun., 9PM ET on ABC) and whether Fillion or Julie Benz is the better kisser.
Check out the interview after the jump.CastleABC has learned what we all knew for so long: Dana Delany is a hot commodity. Not only is the 'Desperate Housewives' star heating things up on the series, she's guesting on 'Castle' and things have gotten so hot they're literally explosive.

On 'Castle' (Mon., 10PM ET on ABC), Delany plays Jordan Shaw, an FBI investigator called in to help catch a serial killer. Fans will naturally recognize this as a mini 'Desperate Housewives' reunion because 'Castle' star Nathan Fillion played Delany's husband on the series.

We got a chance to chat with Delany and she gave us the scoop on her 'Castle' stint, the pilot that could determine whether she returns for next season's 'Desperate Housewives' (Sun., 9PM ET on ABC) and whether Fillion or Julie Benz is the better kisser.

So what's it like to be working with Nathan Fillion again?
Oh, I just love Nathan. You know, this is our third time working together. And he's just a lot of fun. As I tell him, you were very well brought up. Your parents should be proud. [Laughs]

Tell us about your character, Jordan Shaw.
Special Agent Jordan Shaw, which makes me laugh even saying it. She's an FBI profiler. She's brought in by the mayor because there is a serial killer on the loose. And I think in terms of the show, she's brought in as an example for Beckett. She's kind of the ghost of Christmas future for Beckett. [Laughs] She can be a hard ass on the job and still have romance in her life. [She shows] that it's possible to have both. She's there so Beckett can see that she shouldn't be afraid to get involved.

Well, there's a little bit of tension in this two-parter with the two of them. Can you talk a bit about what's happening?
Well, I just kind of have to find the killer. In doing so I create a bit of tension between them because I'm stepping into Beckett's territory and also with Castle, because he's got a little crush on all of my gadgets. [Laughs] Which is true of Nathan too. I mean, Nathan is such a gadget whiz. He's the one who convinced me to get my first iPhone. When I was on the set, he introduced me to two apps that I had never heard of before. Dragon Search and Dragon Dictation. Which I'm looking at on my iPhone right now. [Laughs]

So were you actually a fan of the show? Have you been watching?
Yeah! Everybody makes the comparison to 'Moonlighting' and I actually was on the original, it was my first job. So I watch ... whatever Nathan is in. I think he's great! So yes, I really enjoy it. And I'm a huge fan of mystery books.

Desperate HousewivesSo, who's a better kisser? Nathan Fillion or Julie Benz?
[Laughs] That's funny! Hmm ... you know, I haven't kissed Nathan since the year 2000 when we did 'Pasadena' together, so Julie is the more recent one. I have to go with Julie.

Are we going to see your character back on 'Castle'?
Anything is possible in the ABC family. [Laughs] That's what's great about it, because Jordan is FBI. She could always be brought in to help on a case if necessary. I had a lot of fun on the show. Right now I'm in Providence, Rhode Island shooting a pilot for ABC. The working title is 'Body of Evidence.' I play a medical examiner. So if that doesn't go, hopefully I'll be back on Wisteria Lane. And if it does go, then I'll be on a new show. It's all up in the air.

Is there anything else you can tell us about the new show?
Yeah, it's a great script and we have a great cast. We're mid-way through shooting right now and John Carroll Lynch and Sonja Sohn from 'The Wire' -- and actually Jeffery Nordling from 'Desperate Housewives' is playing my husband on the show, so it's one big happy family. It's a procedural in the sense that we have a new case every week, but I play a brain surgeon who has to give up her job because she's had a car accident and her hands are shaking. And she becomes a medical examiner because you can't kill a dead body. It's more character-driven then procedural, which is typical of ABC.

I'm a huge geek and I have to ask you about doing voice work for the Batman and Superman animated series.
Oh, I love doing that!

Desperate HousewivesAre you a comic book fan?
I am! I grew up -- every Sunday after church, we would go to the drug store and I'd buy my 'Superman', 'Batman' and 'Lois Lane' comics. That's when Lois had her own comic. 'Archie' comics too, but I love Superman and I was totally a fan of the 'Superman' TV show in the early sixties. We were actually a Nielsen family back in the sixties. Back then it was -- they would actually give you -- [Laughs] it was so Luddite! We would have a little notebook with a pencil and you would write down what you watched every day. And then you would send it back to them. So I think I was all of six at the time, and I was in charge of the notebook. And ever day I would write down, 'Superman'. [Laughs] And then when they asked me to do Lois Lane for the cartoon, I was thrilled. It was a dream come true. I think those shows are beautifully done. It's better writing than I've seen in most movie scripts.

Would you ever want to do a live-action superhero movie?
Oh yes! I would love that!

Any particular character?
I would just like to wear tights! I think that would be fun! [Laughs]

I have to ask you this: I am a big fan of 'Animaniacs' and your name is, of course, mentioned in one of the opening pieces.
[Laughs] That was a thrill! In fact, just on the set last week, a young actor said to me, "What was it like being in the 'Animaniacs' theme song?" [Laughs] I said, "Wow! It really was a thrill!" Also what I loved was, in the French version, which was all in French, and the names have to rhyme, instead of my name, it was Isabelle Adjani. [Laughs]

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