A lot of us younger folk grew up watching Claire Danes in "My So-Called Life." Anxiously awaiting for Thursday night to arrive so we could binge on junk food and swoon over Jordan Catalano aka. Jared Leto. Claire played Angela Chase, a confused teenager enjoying the excitement of high school, boys, and the pitfall of teen angst. She was amazing in that role. She captured being a teenager in the 90's and she did it with such ease.
Claire is all grown up now. Now Claire is on the hit HBO show "Homeland." She plays a bi-polar CIA agent named Carrie Mathison. Claire tackles the subject of terrorists on the hit show. Claire is also a mother to her son Cyrus.
Claire talks to Glamour magazine about her life.
"You and your husband, Hugh Dancy, seem so comfortable now," asks Glamour journalist Logan Hill.
"I've been with Hugh for...seven years? It really doesn't feel that long. It feels new every year because there is a new set of challenges: Who are we to each other now that we're married? Who are we now that we have this shared person? We never have to fight to keep it fresh and new. Life just demands that of us," shares Claire.
"You two seem very encouraging of each other's careers."
"Yeah, relationships are a constant negotiation and balance. I'm just a hard worker, so [in previous relationships] I took that creed "Relationships take work" a little too literally at times and stayed in relationships longer than I maybe should have, because I thought, Well, no pain, no gain...And it's nonsense if it's just not working. You have to leave and end it."
"You and Hugh have similar careers now, especially now that he's starring in Hannibal and you're on Homeland."
"Yeah, we run lines with each other a lot. We'll talk about work: the stress of getting a script a day before you're meant to film, the politics of putting a show together. We have a shorthand, and we've had these very parallel experiences in our careers. He played an autistic person, and then I played an autistic person. He's FBI; I'm CIA."
"What do you make of the "Claire Danes Cry Face" memes online? These pictures or clips of you as Carrie crying?" asks Glamour.
"Well, it is true, she gets emotional a lot. [Laughs.] There is that. But I actually think people are made uncomfortable by uncensored expressions of emotions. But, you know, that's my job.I don't have those fears. I really have never been concerned about being beautiful on-screen. That's just not my jam. I'm concerned about it if I'm playing a beautiful character. But it's not relevant for Carrie. I don't need to worry about that, and I think that's really great. I love sitting in the makeup trailer and getting my makeup done in 15 minutes as opposed to an hour and a half," Claire says.
"President Obama has said he watches the show while the girls play tennis, and he also told you, "You're a finer actress than I am president." What do you hope he sees in the show?" asks Glamour.
"Escape, first and foremost. It's a piece of entertainment, and I want him to not think about his job for a second. It would be nice to imagine that some of what we're talking about is reflective of his experience, but it's just a good ride," replies Claire.
If Claire hadn't been an actress, she was interested in psychology. She feels that our feelings and creative experiences relate to acting. She portrays a bi-polar person in a very positive way. She claims she would watch Youtube videos to pick up on mannerisms of bi-polar patients. She is also happy to be called a feminist. She is glad the world was introduced to Lena Dunham.
Claire enjoys playing her controversial character because she says it's fun and challenging. And she hopes she learns something from her character.
Now that her show has wrapped up, she is ready to spend more time with her son Cyrus.
"I want to be Mom more than anything."
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