INTERVIEW WITH HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER ACTRESS LYNNE ALANA DELANEY

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By K Busch

Actress, Producer and Writer, Ms. Lynne Delaney has left her mark on the entertainment industry with her extraordinary talent and contributions. You may recognize her from, The Remake (2016) which is available to watch currently on Amazon Prime and Tubi. Least Among Saints (2012) or the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother (2005) available to watch on Hulu among many others.

She is a native to Southern California, she’s traveled the globe as a flight attendant and graduated from the prestigious UCLA.

She is an advocate for women, mindfulness seeker and wife to actor Ruben Gomez.

Heart Of Hollywood reached out to some of her fans and gathered some questions for the talented Ms. Delaney and below are some of the questions along with her responses.

Janet from Oregon asks, What was it like growing up in California?

I feel extremely lucky to have been able to grow up in Southern California. Los Angeles and the surrounding areas that make up the bulk of Los Angeles County combine the best of both city life and the suburbs. I was able to enjoy the relaxed home and school environment of a house in the suburbs but with access to all the wonderful features of a big city just a short drive away. Not only did I have the perks of living less than a mile from the beach where I worked summers as a lifeguard, but I could plan weekends in both the snow or the desert only an hour and a half away. Growing up in an area with great weather gave me year-round options for sports and other outdoor activities. Although my family was not involved in the entertainment industry, many of my friend’s families were. Being in the environment gave me an insight into what was truly involved in a career in this field that I wouldn’t have gotten elsewhere.

Shawn from Texas asks, what made you decide to become an actress?


I started out doing theater and dance at a very young age and really enjoyed it thinking I would follow that career path when I grew up. Having so many people in the entertainment industry around me, though, I did realize that it was sometimes difficult to maintain a stable lifestyle working in Hollywood. I decided to follow a more traditional route for my education. While at UCLA, I saw an ad in the school paper to become a Flight Attendant with Trans World Airlines when I graduated. Little did I know how much I would love to travel and not want to give it up. It wasn’t until middle age that I realized my initial passion to be an actor was still alive and well. It was then I came back full-circle to it.

At what age did you decide you wanted to pursue a career in acting?


I think every child who is allowed to let their imagination and creativity take root growing up does things like playing dress-up and putting on plays for family and friends. My upbringing was no exception. The difference is I never stopped playing. My parents took it a step further, however, and I was enrolled in dance classes at age three and drama classes at age seven. I think it was my lead role as “The Proud Princess” when I was seven that did it for me. Being able to cry on stage and move the audience to believe that I was really sad made me realize the magic of acting and my passion for it.

Mary from Michigan writes in, When did you get married?

I met my husband young when I was just 18, in my first year of university and living at home with my parents. Although I knew immediately he was the one I wanted to marry, I felt I needed to live on my own and learn a little more about life before we could wed. Luckily I was able to convince him to wait around for me and we married four years later.

Rebecca from Colorado asks, what kind of things do you do to empower women?


Growing up at the end of the women’s lib era gave me a strong sense of duty to continue to encourage and empower other women. My parents never put up barriers and my sister and I grew up believing we could do anything we set our minds to do regardless of our sex. I would like to think that by striving to succeed in non-traditional female areas of the entertainment industry like directing,( which I did in my first feature film in 2016), I have been leading by example. In addition, I belong to organizations like Women In Film, Motiva Inspira and Women of Heart along with other female networking groups that strive to advance and empower women in all areas of business.

Do you have a favorite actor or actress?


That’s a tough question...It used to be when the studios controlled the actor’s careers we were limited to a handful of actors to choose from, most of whom were beautiful but not necessarily suited to the roles in which they were cast. Nowadays...happily...our options are limitless which also makes it more difficult to choose. I would probably lean more toward some of our character actors in recent years as there are more and more great roles available than ever before that really make their talent shine.

Do you have a favorite movie?


Another tough one! I love pretty much any genre as long as it’s a good quality film. If I had to name a classic, I think I’d go for something like Dr. Zhivago. It was everything a film should be at the time...epic in scale, colorful in scope, yet it relied on a personal and very human story to retell historic events.


Out of the roles you have played, which one was your favorite?


Each time I re-create a character, I fall in love with them (even the nasty ones!). As I’m playing the role, they become my temporary favorite because I can get under their skin and live vicariously through them. If I had to choose, looking back, however, I would go with Sheridan O’Conor from The Remake. Since I also wrote the feature screenplay with the character in mind, I was able to completely relate to the backstory I had created for her and hopefully give her more depth.

Do you have a favorite hobby?


In addition to my screenwriting, which I find relaxing, I often use my downtime to paint. I work mostly with acrylics, but also enjoy pastels and a black and white drawing technique called stippling.


Julie from Indiana asks, what advice would you give to young women?


No doubt about it…’To follow your heart’. Life is extremely short and we spend a great deal of that life working. Find something you are passionate about and that you truly enjoy as a career. Why wait for the weekend to have fun? Do something you love and you will be able to enjoy every day of your life.

What are your current goals or ambitions?


I recently completed the screenplay for a pilot and subsequent episodes for a TV series that focuses on the lives and loves of a group of friends in the sexist world of aviation in the 1970’s. I’m very excited about the project and can’t wait to share it. I really feel it has great potential for a wide age-range of viewers. My current goal is to get it into production with one of the networks or streaming on HBO or Netflix.

What’s something that would be important for other aspiring actors to know?


How tough the business can be, perhaps? You really need to have a strong positive outlook and stamina to tackle being an actor. Rejection, which there is a lot of in this business, can be hard to bounce back from at times. Know your self-worth and you are already a step ahead!

What’s something that you have rarely told anyone about yourself?


Although I have always chosen careers that have a tendency to put me in the public eye, I am truly an introvert. Most, rarely see this side of me.

What’s your biggest strength?


I know it’s been overused in recent years, but being able to multi-task has really served me well. Working on a film production requires one to wear lots of different hats at the same time. Everything from script analysis, to lighting, to sound, to camera angles all have to come together at the same time to make a film truly work.

What’s your biggest weakness?


I have always had a tendency to over-organize...everything from my personal wardrobe... to my auditions...to packing a certain way for my trips. I think it helps me to declutter those areas of my life ultimately giving me more time to focus, but I know others may find it off-putting.

Do you have a favorite band or musician?


I have always been a big fan of the multi-talented singer/songwriter Van Morrison. I first heard him as a very young girl and fell in love with his versatile range from pop to soul to rock to ballads and his always moody lyrics.

Describe the perfect day, how would the weather be and what would you be doing?


Hmmm...The weather would definitely be sunny and start with a walk on the beach with my husband and our ShihTzu, Samantha. The bulk of the day would involve something creative...either acting, writing or painting. The day would complete with a sunset dinner with friends, good food and a glass of wine followed by an outdoor concert in the park.

Do you have any travel destinations that you would like to visit?


Because of all my traveling as a Flight Attendant and our personal trips over the years, we have been extremely lucky to have covered most of the globe. Italy is still one of our favorite destinations, though, and we so enjoy the food. I’m sure there are places we have missed there and others we’d love to revisit.

What’s your favorite food or drink?


Again, having traveled extensively all my life, I have a wide range of tastes and love the variety of ethnic cuisine. Although my husband is from Argentina originally, famous for their beef, we predominantly stick to a plant-based diet with a Mediterranean or East Indian slant.

Robert from Michigan asks, what was it like being on How I Met Your Mother?


A lot of fun! By the time I made a guest appearance on the show, the cast and crew had been working together for quite a long time and had developed a rhythm and easy rapport with each other. They made it comfortable and easy to adapt to their work environment.

What’s your favorite season? Why?


Having lived on both coasts, I’d have to say I have two? On the East Coast, I love the start of Fall when the air takes on a gentle crispness and the leaves begin to change color. On the West Coast, I’d have to say Spring when everything explodes in color and the temperature is perfect.

Brandon from Maine asks, what kind of things have you written? Where can we find your writings?


The novel from which the feature Film THE REMAKE https://youtu.be/ZdM0iQqqNgA was based is currently available on Amazon.com.

My second novel CIRCLE OF DECEIT, which I hope also becomes a film, is due for release in 2022.


In addition, I have written 3 very different screenplays for feature length films and the TV series I mentioned earlier. One of the feature screenplays, PARTNERS, https://youtu.be/thmbmPYb54Y has been optioned.

Have you ever binge-watched a series? Which one?


Since the pandemic, binge-watching seems to have become a way of life. I do remember the first series I ever binged on… Breaking Bad… It is the one that really got me hooked on the concept.

Julie from Florida asks, do you have a favorite clothing designer?


Being fairly tall at 5’8” with very long legs, I tend to gravitate toward designers who cater to short waisted/long legged individuals like myself. Fit for me is the most important aspect and my taste runs on the conservative side. The American designers like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors are some of my favs as they have a tendency to cater to my shape. I just know they will fit right.

Additional information: How Can Others Find You?


Feel free to check out what I’m up to on my IMDb page:

imdb.me/lynnealanadelaney


Or follow me on IG and Twitter @LynneAlana


Or take a look at one of my demo reels/teasers for some of my screenplays on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC96MriYLF5QVwzNFJ0Rtdaw/videos

Image Credit: Lynne Delaney


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