Claire Danes for FLARE Magazine

Posted on September 25, 2012

We crapped all over Claire’s Emmy win by devoting space to how ugly we thought her dress was. We have no doubt that she spent most of yesterday in tears because of it. Claire honey, let us do you a solid.

Claire Danes covers the November 2012 issue of FLARE magazine wearing a dress by Fendi, a Céline cuff and Sydney Evan earrings photographed by Chris Nicholls and styled by Petra Flannery.


On child stardom: “I was pretty clear about what I did and didn’t want to do, even as a kid. People dismiss kids as being unthinking; they’re surprisingly discerning. I wanted to be taken seriously from the outset.”

On transitioning from romantic leads to bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison: “It’s arguable that being in love and being mentally ill are sort of similar [laughs]. But it’s true I went through this arduous decade and it did get a bit tiresome after awhile—you want to be defined in some other way.”

On the reality of bipolar disorder: “Carrie’s disease is formidable, it’s furious, but it’s also treatable and every case is individual. I think the show offers a pretty good reflection of what that experience is like.”

On her reputation as a serious actor: “I actually want people to imagine me as being a little less serious sometimes. But people get attached to certain characters and perceptions.”


Well, sweetie, you sure did blow those perceptions out of the water with these laff-a-minute responses.

Oh, we’re joking because we love. Actually, we appreciate an actor who gives intelligent, thoughtful responses to inane interview questions.

Coat by Versace


We also appreciate an actor who can rock the shit out of a killer Versace coat.


[Photo Credit: Chris Nicholls for]

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  • theblondette

    She’s beautiful and clever, and talks about mental illness in a responsible way – what’s not to love? <3

    • carpediva

      Yes, I always thought she gave off a “smarter than the average celeb” vibe. So I’m a tiny bit embarrassed for her (cuz I’d be mortified for me) that she used the word “arduous” when I’m pretty sure she meant “amorous.”  Unless her answer about doing romantic comedies really was “Yes, it’s true it was an incredibly difficult decade!” 

      • Tom and Lorenzo

        I think she WAS saying it was a difficult decade in that she didn’t enjoy being cast in so many romantic roles.

        • carpediva

          Thanks T Lo! In which case, I guess that’s Hollywood. I’d just ruled it out thinking it was a way too “first world problems” response! I was like, no one would describe that as arduous if they knew what that meant! :)

          • MRC210

             I thought she was referring to the drama in her personal life:  the affair with Billy Crudup that broke up his relationship with Mary Louise Parker and then the affair with Hugh Dancy while she was still with Billy Crudup.  If that’s what she meant, it’s not an attractive thought:  “Having my boyfriend dump his partner when she was 7 months pregnant with his child was so stressful to me!”

          • carpediva

            Hahahah, right? Funny you should mention that! I love Homeland, and I am kind of blown away at how good an actor she is, and how well regarded by her peers; she’s been on an Emmy tear the last few years.  But whenever I see her, I always have just the passing thought that is some variation on “Don’t think I’ve forgotten how you and Billy did MLP! (And then you did Billy the same way!)” She went on my list of celebs I can’t stand at that point, but maybe because of her talent, it’s never stopped me from being able to enjoy and respect her work. (Not true of everyone on that list!)

        • kimmeister

          Yeah, her word choice of “arduous” ties in perfectly with her subsequent mention of it being tiresome.

  • aka Darth Mommy

    That coat is to DIE and she looks good on the cover. That bracelet needs to come and live at my house. 

    •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      I need the coat, you need the bling, should we break into Flare’s warehouse? what are you doing this weekend?

      • twocee

        I’ll fight you for that coat :)

        • Stella Zawistowski

          It’s gonna be a melee for it. (At least) Four Bitter Kittens enter, one Bitter Kitten leaves.

          • gabbilevy

            Girls, girls! I’m sure Versace can make one for each of us. I’m drooling.

          • littlemac8

            I NEED ONE!!!  I think I could carry it off on my less than 5 ft frame and coats are so hard for me to find ….. whining!

      • aka Darth Mommy

         Let’s start the planning ;0)

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Gorgeous woman. 

  • Katie Wolf

    I only see Linda Hamilton. Terminator reboot?

    • Sara Munoz Munoz

      That’s actually kind of creepy because she was John Connor’s love interest (wife?) in one of the Terminator movies. The one with Nick Stahl.

      • Katie Wolf

        Oh gross! That’s hilarious!

  • choco

    I love that she uses SAT vocab and can rock the shit out of shoulder pads. 

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Plus, your hair and make up, are slammin’.

  • holzfaellen

    Funny, whenever I see a Versace on a model, I hate it. But more often than not, some “real person” (hahaha) comes along and makes it work. She looks incredible.

    • Shannon Stewart

       I find Versace works better when not styled for runways, but that may just be me — often I find the runway styling and the procession of one after another to be just so much overkill.

  • jmorino08

    Love huh!!!

  • mjude

    i want it in black.  she looks great.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Loads of time for this lady – both on screen and as herself. *applause*

  • Anathema_Device

    I love that she can speak seriously about her career and characters without sounding like a pompous git. She also looks stunning in that coat. What a great color on her.

    I’ve never been a fan (nor a detractor), but I’ll have to pay more attention to her now.

    • call_me_schmeg

      she could give gwyneth paltrow a lesson or two….

      • Anathema_Device

         It is like you read my mind…

  • Ceur

    Wow, I hope she got to take the coat home, she looks insanely good in it. 

  • snarkykitten

    is this how it’s going to be? I played a crazy person on tv, so I totes know what it’s like to have a mental illness?

    • tsid2012

      Those living with mental illness probably have more respect & patience with her thoughtful repsonse than your classifiaction of “crazy”.  Ms. Danes has established herself as a serious actress known for doing valuable research on her charachters so to say “the show does a pretty good reflection….” is a completely legitimate statement. Your’s, on the otherhand,……

      • tsid2012

        Oh, and since this IS a fashion blog, I want to say she looks fantastic!  I have a crazy crush on her anyway.  She is a very beautiful woman and has that kind of beuaty that will age really well.  Think Lauren Bacall….

    • Tom and Lorenzo

      She plays a bipolar character (not a “crazy” one) so she’s inevitably going to be asked about that in interviews. Is she supposed to say “I’m sorry. I myself am not bipolar so I have absolutely no insights on the topic?”

    • call_me_schmeg

      not to get super-serious (a la claire), but you have to live in a bubble not to be touched by mental illness, whether it’s your own struggle or someone you love. i think this is an experience many people can relate to than “i’m not a doctor, but i play one on tv.” 

    • call_me_schmeg

      p.s. also wanted to say that i was also once totally shamed by our favorite gay uncles for saying something that i thought was funny but wasn’t… well… let’s just say that they weren’t wrong and i wasn’t too nice. the point is: don’t think that you aren’t welcome because of this one comment. 

    • mshesterp

      Also, she took portraying Temple Grandin very seriously, researching her and autism (so said her interviews and her warm relationship with Temple Grandin), so I think of all the actresses to portray mental illness, Claire Danes is as responsible as anyone with the topic.

      • Alloy Jane

        Yeah, I’m happy she’s back in the game.  You could absolutely tell even back in her MSCL days that she would be brilliant as an adult.  Have yet to see Homeland, can’t afford to get sucked into another TV show now that I’ve finally given in to Mad Men.  But as someone who goes through the joys of being biochemically imbalanced :-/ I appreciate her tactful response to the question.  I’m hoping little Miss Shipka grows up with the a similar balance, hopefully without all the boyfriend drama.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      As someone who IS bipolar (and never was a Claire Danes fan), I have a lot of respect for how she handles these questions.  And the questions reflect more on the interviewer than her.

  • kmcmath

    Carrie Mathison is in the CIA, not FBI.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    love that coat, i also love this shade of blonde on her, much better than the unflattering hair color she sported at the Emmy’s..

  • SapphoPoet

    She looks very natural and beautiful on the cover. And intelligent in the interview. 

    • Spicytomato1

      Yes, the cover gives me a “70s cover girl” kind of vibe. Beautiful in a wholesome sort of way. I think these might be among the best photos I’ve ever seen of her.

  • G

    I never thought of her as being “beautiful”, but she sure looks great in these photos, and that coat color – looks purple on my monitor – is her friend.

    • mshesterp

      Me neither!  I was just debating with my family (while they were catching up on Homeland) that I never thought Claire Danes was particularly sexy or really beautiful (interesting, yes, but not really beautiful), but she looks smoking in these two photos–terrific makeup and hair.  So I will not say that again!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I just like her more and more as she gets older, and she keeps getting more beautiful. The coat, however, was love at first sight. Selling my car wouldn’t even get me halfway to purchase. Sadface.

  • jw_ny

    That’s a great coat in a great color.  She looks beautiful here and she looked beautiful at the Emmys, despite that yellow-ish sack.

  • Ms_Flyover


    And she looks fabulous in it.

  • Elizabeth Duncan

    She looks gorgeous in that coat! 

  • muzan-e

    “On the reality of bipolar disorder…”

    What a bullshit question to ask the woman. The only ‘right’ answer to it is something vague, empty and generally optimistic. She’s in no position to advocate for the mentally ill; she doesn’t have the background or the education for it. She’s in no position to tell us something about the disease that we don’t already know from our pop-culture encounters of it.   Ugh. And good for her, handing something empty but still elegant.

    • Kevin VanOrd

      I take great exception and offense to the idea that Clare Danes–or anyone without “education” or “background” (whatever you mean by those things)–is in no position to advocate for the mentally ill. 

      After a suicide attempt and years of depression, I safely emerged from the cloud healthier than I could have imagined. During those painful years, I encountered countless individuals troubled by mental illness. I myself was treated with neuroleptics even though my own illness was not considered to be a psychosis. The side effects became as impossibly difficult as the depression itself, and I am amazed that I am here to tell people of my experience. 

      Now, I am a successful video game critic, and I have used my platform to speak about the subject when necessary. Many family members and friends were there to support me when I needed it, and some have shared their experiences with others in efforts to educate and bring comfort. Who would anyone be to tell my friends, my acquaintances, and my loved ones that they are not in a position to advocate? I do not know how much personal experience Clare Danes has with mental illness. But chances are, she has been affected in some way, like most of us have.

      *Everyone* is in a position to advocate for the mentally ill. You, and me, and everyone reading this message is in that position. When you share your stories of your depression, or of your experiences with antidepressants, or how you coped with a loved one’s illness, or how you regret the way you behaved towards someone in need, or how you wished you had seen the signs of illness in a coworker, or of an experience with a poor psychiatrist, or what have you–you become an advocate. And you don’t need a special “background” or “education.”

      In other words, Clare *is* in a position to advocate for the mentally ill–as am I, and as are you, and as is anyone who brings something to a topic that needs discussion. If you wish that Clare Danes would stick to telling us what pop culture tells us, well–I cannot tell you how offensive and insulting I find that. 

      Be an advocate, Clare. Let’s all be advocates. I am not willing to let our “pop-culture encounters” be our primary form of education. 

      • mamafitz

         thank you.  i am so glad to read of your coming out of the cloud, it gives me more hope for one of my sons.

      • call_me_schmeg

        thanks for your eloquent response. i don’t think anyone could have said it better. 

  • MilaXX

    That blue is a really great color for her.

  • tallgirl1204

    I want this magazine.  “Do you have a satchel yet?”  My kind of read.  And the coat is stunning. 

  • Matt Bailer

    PLEASE tell me that tomandlorenzo are going to be recapping the new season of Homeland.  Pretty pretty please?

    • Araina23

       I don’t know, it’s not a show that needs recapping, IMO.  What I remember most is just the feelings and experience of watching season one.  And my undying love for Carrie.  But I would absolutely read if they do recap.

      Really like her in this coat.   Glad we’re moving on to Fall and this ushers it in quite nicely.

    • joe_tey83

       I hope there’s going to be recaps too. I will read it just for the screen grabs of her crazy cry face.

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    If Claire is done with it, could I perhaps have the coat? I don’t mind hand-me-downs.

  • kimmeister

    A beautiful, interesting coat in my favorite color AND that appears like it can accommodate my linebacker shoulders?  Must scheme a way to get it . . .

  • joe_tey83

    I like that she takes her job seriously. Like what’s wrong with taking your job seriously, you know. Not in a pompous ‘as a woman, entertainer, mother’ way but in a “I like what I’m doing and I appreciate I am getting paid to do it so I am going to do it as well as I can” way. 

  • MandyJane

    Oh wow, that Versace coat is fucking gorgeous! 

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Yowza. She looks great. She is absolutely looking better as she gets older and more comfortable in her own skin.

  • Rhonda Shore

    Oddly, the Fashion Police voted Claire’s Emmy look one of the best of the night.

  • Hetha Innis

    She’s brilliant and beautiful. Love her.

  • yybb

    Want to see the shoes. Wonder how she was styled in full.

  • Sarah Thomas

    Something about the film stock or lighting in this shoot is giving me a Victoria’s Secret catalog vibe circa 1998. 

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    She looks GORGEOUS.

  • Lisa

    Smart interview and a gorgeous lady.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i never paid any attention to this woman before, she’s always looked exactly like those of us i cannot tell apart. but boy, a very great team worked on these photographs. best i’ve ever seen her look. probably top ten of best i’ve ever seen any of em look.

  • PeaceBang

    I admire the hell out of her, and that coat is fall-down awesome.

  • Qitkat

    I am WILD about this coat. I would sell my soul to look like this.
    Claire looks gorgeous.

  • korilian

    I hope she bought that coat on the spot.

  • kikisayshi

    She is just beautiful. Always one of my favorites since My So-Called Life. Brava.

  • Judy_J

    Love the way she looks on the cover and in that gorgeous coat.  That blue is definitely her color. 

  • aristida_girl

    oh my god that coat! I die…