— If you hadn't already been aware of your gay following, you would've found out from your pal Jeffery Self.
— I adore Jeffery. We met through Twitter back when Twitter was fun and became quick friends. We're both Pisces and we both like staying in bed. He's just the sweetest guy, and I really love his husband, Augie. They're a great couple. I went to their wedding, actually.
— You've become embedded in queer pop culture. Drew Droege's solo play 'Bright Colors and Bold Patterns' even has a line about how it's irresponsible not to know the origins of Dana Delany. Did you know about that shout-out?
— Yeah, Jeffery actually told me to see the show when Drew was doing it in L.A. I'm sitting there in this tiny theater, Drew says that line, and I turned beet red. Afterward, I asked Drew, "Did you know I was in the audience? Do you change the name of the person every night?" He was like, "No, that's in the script!" I was like, "Oh, thank you!" Drew and I have since become friends. I've probably seen the show four times now.
— You also did a memorable Wisk detergent commercial in the '80s with gay Marlboro Man and 'Friday the 13th Part 2' hunk Tom McBride. What do you remember about him?
— I actually have a funny story about Tom. While we were shooting the commercial, I saw something moving in his sideburn. I pulled him off to the side and said, "I hate to tell you this, but I think you've got crabs." He said, "Oh, I thought I got rid of them!" So I ended up getting crabs from the hairbrush the hairdresser used on both of us. I was dating Treat Williams at the time, so I gave him crabs! Then he broke up with me - not because of the crabs - and I got cast in an off-off-Broadway play with Tom McBride. I told Tom the story and he was so excited that he had given Treat Williams crabs.
— Did you know Tom became the subject of the AIDS documentary 'Life and Death on the A-List'?
— Yeah, I knew about that. Tom was a darling guy. I heard he'd gotten sick, and then I heard he'd died. I was doing China Beach when his friend was making that documentary, and he wrote me a letter asking if he could use our Wisk commercial in the film. He told me about how iconic Tom was in the gay community because he could pass for straight and was always cast in straight roles.