"I think he's terrific! He has a lot of enthusiasm for life and is interested in everything. He's the eternal student. He's much more outgoing than I am, so we complement each other. When he gets a little bit crazy, I'm the calm one, and he brings out my wild side when I need it.
"A two-actor relationship hasn't been hard at all. He's been in Ohio doing a play yet we've managed to see each other every weekend. He always says he doesn't think of me as an actor because we don't talk much about our professions. We have other things more important to talk about in terms of living."
Marriage is not one of these talked about topics yet, nor is Dana contemplating moving in with Treat at the moment.
"I just got new carpeting, how could I move out?" she jokes. "We definitely have some commitment, because we're not seeing anybody else, but we're just dealing with our relationship as it goes. I spend most of my time at his place anyway, but it's nice to have a place to come back to and be alone.
"I believe ultimately we're very alone. If you can enjoy being alone and maintain your independence, yet your partner, you'll have the best relationship you can. That doesn't mean I always follow this thinking. I get as crazy as anybody else and start feeling insecure, possessive, and jealous, but I think if you try to respect each other as a person and a separate entity, that's the best you can do."
Treat is not the first actor she's dated. While doing summer stock in Michigan several years ago, Dana and Tom Wopat (pre-Dukes of Hazard) became romantically involved.
It was interesting when Tom and I did "Equus" in Michigan," she recalls. "Tom was in the production, and there was a nude scene Here I was, his girlfriend, on stage, naked in front of all these people. It really was a liberating feeling, although in retrospect, I don't really think it was necessary. At the time, however, it was the trend. It was funny; my father came to see the show while on a business trip, and I was sharing a place with my new boyfriend, who he had never met, and I was doing this part on stage. Afterwards, I asked my father what he thought, and he said it was very well done. After he died, my step-mother told me that when my father came home from that trip, he said to her, 'You don't know what it's like to see your daughter on stage, naked, and she's absolutely beautiful.' He was so proud of me. I guess that play made him realize I had grown up. It meant a lot to me."
After her moved to New York, she and Tom broke up, but, she says with an abundance of warmth, "I always knew success would happen for Tom. He's a very unique and special person and very talented. He has the most beautiful baritone that makes you melt when you hear it. He should be making records.
"I guess I come in contact with actors most and I'm most attracted to them. There's just something I love about them. I love the fact they have this little boy quality in them. A quality that can be dangerous, however, because they may not accept responsibility. It's funny, though, my father didn't like this whole actor thing." She laughs. "Before he died, he wanted to tie up loose ends and told me he wanted me to marry a stockbroker. Afterward I got on a plane to return to New York, and this guy started talking to me who turned out to be a stockbroker.But usually I just meet actors and don't really meet many stockbrokers."
Aside from her professional goal to work in films, (she's just completed a role in "The Fan"), Dana's personal goals include marriage and children.
"Probably it will conflict the professional goals, but I'll just have to deal with it. What else can you do? There's a new play in town called "Isn't It Romantic?" It's about the choice between career and home and how you were always told that you'd meet someone wonderful, and you could have it all. But you really can't, and it's very scary. I have a great fear of that. My parents were divorced while I was in college. I see my mother and realize how much harder it is for a woman to be remarried - it's always easier for the man. I think that's part of the reason why I feel that ultimately we are alone.
"I very much want to be self supporting and don't ever want to have to rely on anybody for money. I always want to be working and having something that's mine. I could never live through another person; it would just drive me crazy. I'll just have to end up with someone who is also willing to compromise when we have children and will take time off from his job to take care of them when I need to go away. But I have time to worry about all of this. Right now, I just take it one day at a time, and I'm happy."