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Claire Danes knows she has an ugly cry

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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.

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Best, Worst, and WTF of SAG Awards Fashion

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Jennifer Lawrence with actress Lupita Nyong’o. I really want to know what they were talking about.

The SAG Awards is probably the most “meh” of all awards shows, am I right? Still, that’s no reason to ignore the fashion. Why? Because it’s fun. Here are some looks from the 20th Annual SAG Awards. Let’s go through and pick the looks for BESTWORST, and WTF.

For more awards show fashion, check out the Golden Globes Awards post.



I don’t think Amanda Peet knows how to dress anymore. This is something I’d expect from Chloë Sevigny, and I don’t even know if she could pull this off. It’s just so…fug. I’m sorry, I know “fug” is played-out, but I cannot summon any other words to accurately describe this dour mess.

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Claire Danes Is More Than Carrie Mathison

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Homeland is a great show. It’s been pretty slow most of this season until last week’s episode, but it’s still better than most of the other shit on TV. Part of what makes it so great are the actors, like Mandy Patinkin and, of course, Claire Danes. It’s brought her career – which has been great anyway, to be honest – to a pinnacle and is becoming her best-known role (which will always be My So-Called Life to me).

From Interview:

“I would really like to play another character to deviate from Carrie for a second, just because I’m starting to think that acting is this, and while this is one of the most fulfilling expressions of acting that I’ve found, it’s not why I do it.

“It’s not it. I think I’d appreciate her even more if I could take a little vacation from her and inhabit somebody else for a while.”

Fair enough. I would think it would get old – or at least a little stifling – to get caught up in a character, especially one as intense as Carrie. Still, she just does it so well! Seriously, she deserves all the awards for Homeland.

That being said, I’ll be interested to see what she does next.

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