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Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive?

Dash Mihok: New experience. I feel like my soul yearns to experience something new at all times. That may be an encounter with a new place or persons or a song that plays and urges me to dance in a different way. I come alive when there is a chance to learn or do something different.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

DM: Being with my family and loved ones. Speaking my truth and then being that in action. Leaving my comfort zone but knowing that risk is going to create something beautiful. I believe I have come to good terms with my vulnerability. I welcome it now, where I didn’t in the past. And of course, playing Bunchy Donovan on Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

DM: I would ask everyone to remember, in any situation we are experiencing, that we can come from a place of fear or love. I would say, however uncomfortable it may be sometimes to get to that root, to please take that extra time and courage to come from a place of love.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

DM: I do my best to allow myself to really feel it. Cry. Get all in it. Really experience my experience so that I may move through it. And talk about it. I try not to let anything get brushed over and swept under the rug.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

DM: I’m currently working on the second season of Ray Donovan, which I am enjoying immensely. I get to work with some of the most incredible actors ever, and the writing is rich and deep and challenging. I have the grand fortune of being written a very intricate and multilayered character. Every part of being on this show elevates your game, and I feel like it shows on screen.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

DM: I’m a morning “spinner.” That’s usually when my brain is thinking too much and I don’t necessarily see things positively. So I sit myself down and remember that I’m making it up. I believe we are creating in every moment—making up our reality, so to speak—so when anything gets chaotic or I feel spun out, I remind myself that everything is an interpretation. I can look at it differently and make it work for me in a more positive light.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

DM: That the past is the past. I do my best not to bring history into my present. It ain’t ever easy, but it usually creates more opportunity for joyful experiences.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

DM: That I love people.

MP: How can young people make a difference?

DM: When they believe they are the difference! That their voice matters and to use the incredible power each one of them has. I work with an amazing young man, Jaylen Arnold, who started a foundation and a movement to educate people about tolerance and to stop bullying when he was eight years old. He never ceases to inspire me.

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