Poor Claire Danes. She’s an absolutely phenomenal actress, but she was not blessed with a graceful “cry face”. I don’t know why that’s strange – none of us look particularly beautiful when we’ve been sobbing our eyes out, but for some reason, Claire’s ugly cry has grown into a presence of its own, and she knows all about it.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK:
Danes herself is a little nonplussed by the attention her ‘cry face’ attracts. ‘I’m surprised it’s so surprising,’ she says, before adding: ‘I have my guy, who thinks I’m pretty enough in our life together, so I don’t need to be seducing the audience that way.’ Then she goes on: ‘I think it’s also just my style, what I like in creative work, what I’ve always been attracted to, even as a little girl. I danced as a kid, that’s how I arrived at acting, and I took a class with a woman called Ellen Robbins. It was modern dance, so already a little raw. And I always had an appreciation for the macabre. We would do these improvisations and I remember one time, I was maybe 11 or 12, I was into grotesque movement, and I decided to do a dance where I was just doing a diagonal across stage, doing these weird movements and I landed and I just spat on the floor, like totally pretentious performance art. But it was great. I liked the ugly even as a kid, and I think that has stayed with me now.’
Girl, please – you do not have to justify your crying face! You’re busy being an AMAZING actress – let the haters hate. And to be fair, homegirl has cried exactly the same since she was 14 – we all remember My So-Called Life, right?! Love her.