Claire Danes on Homeland Crying: I Don’t Care About “Being Beautiful On Screen”
Claire Danes opens up about crying, marriage and getting older in the January issue of Glamour. The actress is known for sobbing on her show “Homeland,” and tells the magazine that she’s actually liberated by her character’s strong emotions. “I think people are made uncomfortable by uncensored expressions of emotion,” says Danes. “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.”
She continues, “I’m concerned about it if I’m playing a beautiful character. But it’s not relevant for [“Homeland” protagonist] 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.” Famous since her teens, Danes has reached a good place in adulthood.
“I’m happier in my thirties. I feel clearer about who I am and less apologetic about it, and more accepting of my limitations and also more aware of the ways in which I’m capable,” she tells Glamour. She explains, “I was always looking forward to this time because people talk about it in very romantic terms. And I think it’s true. Gravity hasn’t had too profound of an effect, and you’re a little less emotionally gangly.” “The twenties are a deceptively challenging-slash-painful time,” says the actress. “I’m just glad to be out of that phase.”
Danes is happily married to Hugh Dancy, which has made things easier. “I was meandering a little,” she says. “And a lot of the mysteries of life have been illuminated [since then]. Like, OK, this is the man I’m going to spend the rest of my life with. This is my son. This is my city. This is my home.” The actress adds, “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.”