Claire was previously best-known for her role on the much loved (and too soon canceled) My So-Called Life in which she starred with Hollywood bad boy Jared Leto. She came into the limelight again with a stunning performance in the movie version of Shopgirl, which was adapted from Steve Martin's play.more
In 2013, Claire won an another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series playing Carrie Mathison on Homeland.
In 2012, Claire won an another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series playing Carrie Mathison on Homeland.
Claire is #33 in AIM's "50 Hottest Redheads."
Claire is ranked #74 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM".
Renowned actress Jodie Foster once said in a 2008 interview that Claire is one of the very few celebrities she knows who started out as a child and grew up to be "a well-adjusted person with a full life."
In 2007, 28-year-old Claire joked that her friends called her "Grandma" because she didn't bother with a cell phone, I-Pod, or other such technologies. Claire claimed that she didn't even know how to use a cell phone.
Claire says that when she was five years old and saw Madonna dancing on TV, she herself knew that she wanted to be a performer.
Oliver Stone, Claire's director in U-Turn, was the one who wrote her recommendation letter for Yale University.
By the time filming for the 2007 film Evening ended, Claire was in a relationship with co-star Hugh Dancy, who played a troubled college friend of Claire's in the movie. Claire says they played a lot of Scrabble in-between shooting, and Hugh was frustrated that she knew all the good 2-letter words.
The director of the 2007 film Evening has claimed that Claire was his very first choice for the role of young Ann Grant, and of course, she accepted.
Claire dated Matt Damon, her co-star in the movie The Rainmaker, in 1996. She dated Australian singer Ben Lee for six years then they split in 2003. Claire also dated Billy Crudup for three years. They split in December, 2006.
Claire choreographed her own solo dance in the off-Broadway play Kids On Stage.
Claire appeared in the off-Broadway play Punk Ballet.
Claire was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the television show My So-Called Life, for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series". She also won a Golden Globe for the role in 1995.
Claire won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in 1997 for "Favorite Actress" for her role as Juliet in Romeo + Juliet.
Claire shot her first nude scene in 2005, filming the movie Shopgirl.
Claire appeared in the Soul Asylum video "Just Like Anyone".
Claire started to study modern dance at the age of six.
Claire auditioned for the role of Rose in the movie Titanic in 1997. The role went to Kate Winslet. Claire had auditioned for the role of "Lisa" in Girl, Interrupted in 1997. She lost the role to Angelina Jolie.
Claire was named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People in the World" in 1997.
Claire's favorite movies are Fargo, Footloose, and The Breakfast Club.
Claire's favorite fashion designers are: Narciso Rodriguez, Zac Posen, and Alexander McQueen.
Claire's interests include: modern dance, surfing, gymnastics, and psychology.
Claire started attending Yale University in 1998, studying psychology. She attended for two years, and did not receive her degree. Claire attended the Professional Performing Arts High, in New York City. She also studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City.
Claire's salary for Mod Squad was $2,000,000 in 1999.
Claire was banned from the Philippines in September 1998 for making derogatory remarks about the country. The President of the Philippines condemned her publicly. This happened during filming of Brokedown Palace.
Claire Danes: I'm so happy I'm not a teenager anymore. The hormones have finally chilled out, and I'm profoundly grateful.
Claire Danes: It's so funny, because getting a role on Broadway is kind of like getting pregnant. All of a sudden, people start bombarding you with all kinds of advice and personal experiences.
Claire Danes: I went to my first make-out party when I was 12, and I didn't know anybody there. That was the kinkiest I've ever been! His name was Peter, and he was from Sweden. Not a bad way to start.
Claire Danes: When I was younger--like 14--I was desperate to find that "true love" experience, but really, if you have to ask yourself if you're in love, then you're not.
Claire Danes: Television is incredibly impactful and powerful. The failure of a show accesses more people than the most successful movie. Movies are talked about with kind of more reverence or something, but they're not as powerful culturally. TV stars have a whole other level of celebrity.
Claire Danes: I was told that going to college wouldn't be good for my career, but I think that's nonsense. It's good to empower yourself by cutting yourself off from this business every once in a while.
Claire Danes: (on turning down a soap opera role in 1999) I didn't want my acting style to be tainted. You know, I had some integrity when I was 12.
Claire: (on getting used to fame and the paparazzi) The media has become so much more voracious in the last 10 years. I think the proliferation of the tabloids has changed actors' lives pretty profoundly.
Claire: I love dancing and I think my dancing served me and my singing because I have a sense of rhythm and timing.
Claire: There's certainly something very uncomfortable about the voyeurism involved in being in the press, being an actor, where people have a seemingly insatiable curiosity about, you.
Claire: (on her relationship with Australian rock star Ben Lee) We follow each other around. It's a priority for both of us, I think. Our lives are quite erratic, and we provide a sense of constancy and consistency. Yeah, we're each other's anchors.
Claire: You don't realize how useful a therapist is until you see yourself one and discover you have more problems than you ever dreamed of.
Claire: (about her two years of college at Yale) We ordered pizza at midnight and played video games, and I went to a few frat parties. I didn't know how to "hang out" properly before that!
Claire: College is hardly "just being a kid." It's really hard.....I was such a nerd. I was nerdier than most of the other students. My best friend would get so frustrated with me, because I was quite anal and would get so obsessive over papers and exams. I took it all so seriously. It was as if I was sustaining a 100 million dollar movie or something.
Claire: (on her role in Shopgirl) I was playing a girl who was essentially my age and at a similar stage in her life... the parallels were easy to find.
Claire: It was never our intention to hurt anyone. Billy and I fell in love, it happens. His feelings for Mary Louise had since changed, and we just acted on what we were feeling. Unfortunately, we did hurt two very special people, intentionally, or not.
Claire: I have a huge, active imagination, and I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll turn into a wild woman.
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