Even after an odd second season, I’m still obsessed with Homeland and therefore still obsessed with Claire Danes. I wasn’t old enough to appreciate 1994’s My So-Called Life at the time but I’m glad Claire’s had a solid comeback.
Claire’s February cover of Elle was shot before she gave birth to son Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy with husband Hugh Dancy in December but she still looks fantastic on the cover. Actually, you can’t even tell she’s pregnant since they cropped her at the rib cage but fashion is a fickle game.
The most charming quote from her interview is when she recalls meeting President Obama, who is a fan of Homeland, at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. She says, “Hugh was like, ‘We have to meet Obama,’ and we walked over before we could think and found ourselves shaking hands with him. Hugh realized that he’d forgotten to actually properly introduce himself, and [President Obama] was like, ‘And you are?’ And Hugh was like, ‘I’m sorry, Mr. President.’ I said, ‘I’m Claire Danes,’ and he said, ‘Oh, you’re a fine actress.’ And I said, ‘You’re a fine president!’ And he said, ‘Oh, you’re a finer actress than I am president.’ I didn’t have any retort. Hugh and I went immediately to the bar and had a big shot of vodka.”
President Obama really doesn’t know Hugh Dancy? Has he never seen Ella Enchanted or Confessions of a Shopaholic? I’m sincerely doubting my vote for the man now.
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