Pairs Division: Danes and Lewis

Posted on September 10, 2012

Who’s excited for the return of Homeland? Personally, we just can’t get enough of Claire Danes’ crazy cry-face. It has to be seen to be believed.


Damian Lewis and Claire Danes attend screening of second season of ‘Homeland’ in New York City. Claire Danes wore a Lela Rose dress paired with Narciso Rodriguez shoes, Graziela diamond earrings, and Dana Rebecca Designs bangles.

HE: Should be instructed to NEVER pose with his hand daintily shoved into his suit jacket pocket like he’s posing for a Sears catalogue in 1977. This is a really great little suit for him, but the operative word here is “little.” Love the color, but he needed to go up half a size. Add a sloppy pocket square and some very crunchy-looking hair, and we’re afraid it’s just not working for us. Score: 6/10.

SHE: Is a big ol’ preggo, and she’s looking all luscious sexy-mama right now, what with all her sexy-mama hormones surging to give her thick, shiny hair and flawless skin. Or she paid people to make sure she looks that way. Either way, the lady is, as they say, glowing, and the dress is very pretty. She should probably get a perfect score just for balancing herself on those heels, but we’re sticking to our guns. Score: 9.5/10. Our only complaint is the somewhat matronly neckline, which serves to make her look broader.

Combined Score: 7.75/10. Claire, turn to Damian and give him your crazy-cry-face to punish him.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • call_me_schmeg

    it’s like she ordered up a gust of wind on cue! wave those luscious locks, claire. (psssst… you’ll always be angela chase to me, when you made the teeny-bopper cray cray cry face.)

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       I can see that face so clearly in my mind I think I could sketch it right now.

    • kimmeister

      I will always like her with that deep crimson hair color.

      • melizer

        Gorgeous redheads, please stop going blonde!

    • I thought the same thing! It’s like I could hear Tyra…
      I love her hair with volume and this shade of reddish blonde, it really suits her.

    • jmorino08

      Angela…. sigh! And Jordan Catalano… has there ever been a dreamier TV teen?

      I didn’t know she was pregnant, I thought the cut of the dress was just making her look a little thick in the middle. But she looks amazing and those shoes are killah!

      • FashionShowAtLunch

        Oh Jordan. I just like the way he’s always leaning. Against stuff.

    • muzan-e

      I can’t ever remember seeing her hair look like this. Not two years ago, not fifteen years ago. Gorgeous.

  • bluefish

    No picking on Damian Lewis — Although of course all you say is correct.  Love that blue on him — great with wonderful blue eyes.

  • CQAussie

    I was just wondering this weekend when this would be back!
    Claire’s crazy cry face…..yeh, I saw it the first time in Little Women when she played Beth and holy smokes, it made me go from crying with grief to crying with fear.  Also…..Claire’s I’m-so-enjoying-this-sexy-sex face is not any less scarier.

    • Call me Bee

      Oh my gosh she broke my heart in that movie. 

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Another too-tight jacket. His tits look bigger than Claire’s in that second shot!
    She looks positively stunning. I guess pregnancy agrees with her because her hair and skin are glowing like crazy. 

    • AudreysMom

       I hope she keeps pictures and comments from this special time. Claire has a tendency to look too thin in a Julie Bowen kind of way. A little flesh on the bones, ladies, is a GOOD thing.

      • shirab

        Also, major props to her for not doing the hand-under-belly I’m-pregnant-not-fat pose.

        • BerlinerNYC

          Word. And also for wearing a dress that isn’t all CHECK OUT MY GIGANTIC PREGNANT BOOBZ! I think the “matronly neckline” is actually a stylish and subtle alternative to the “lusty wench” tendencies of many maternity gowns.

  • Trisha26

    Damian Lewis is one of my faves on screen – big or small. You’d think he could afford/borrow a suit that fits. Thanks, TLo, for letting us know she’s w/child. Otherwise…

  • Damien Lewis. (sighing)   Yeah, you’re right, his suit is too small. I have the perfect remedy for that.  Come over here Damien, and let me help you out of your hampering things. Claire Danes, looks lovely, end of statement.

    • librarygrrl64

      You, sir, will have to fight me for him. And I will fight dirty.

      • Bring it! I’m ready for ya.

        • librarygrrl64

          Actually, after seeing the Ewan McGregor post, I am willing to give up Damian to you if I can have Ewan. Sweet baby Jesus, that man is delectable.

          • 10100111001

            EWAN IS MINE!

          • librarygrrl64

            Hey, HEY there, stalker*, keeps your mitts off my McGregor!!!

            (*jk; nice to see you here :-))

          • 10100111001

            heh, follow you and saw this on disqus. I had to declare that Ewan was mine

          • librarygrrl64

            I will fight you for him, but, based on your previous posts, I have a feeling you can kick my ass. 😉

          • 10100111001

            since in reality hes happily married I’ll share as long as I get him on saturdays

          • librarygrrl64

            1. “hes happily married”
            Yeeeees, because THAT’S the only thing keeping him from being our shared sex slave.

            2. “since in reality”
            Obviously, reality has nothing to do with this discussion (see #1).

          • 10100111001

            yeah, cuz him being married is obviously the only thing keeping him from being on my speed dial as a booty call, yup thats the only thing.

          • librarygrrl64

            Well, and the fact that he would never in a million years give either of us his number.

          • 10100111001

            maybe if we got him drunk enough and gave him cigarettes

          • But I’m already sharing Ewan with Anathema_Device

          • librarygrrl64

            You’re WHAT?!? It’s like I don’t even know you any more, Kiltd.

            Okay, just stay away from Jeremy Northam and Richard Armitage, and we’ll call it even.

          •  LOL  Our tastes are far too similar.  I have had a man crush on Jeremy Northam since well, forever, really.  But I’m sure we can work something out. Shared custody? Visitation rights?

          • librarygrrl64

            Yes, that would be GOOD taste, my friend. But, sorry, the entire internet knows that he is My Celebrity Husband, so he is off the market.

            Jeremy Northam: giving me The Feelings since 1988. xxxooo

          • 10100111001

            …. Dont worry, Hes mine and I will share with you LG.

          • librarygrrl64

            “Mine” as in “I have him trapped in a mountain cabin because I’m his biggest fan” mine? 😉

          • 10100111001

            mountain cabin, my basement… same thing right?

  • Adriana_Paula

    Claire Danes has always been one of the best criers in show business (as beth in Little Women?  Damn.).  Her, and Alyson Hannigan.

    • AudreysMom

      OMG I’m starting to cry just thinking of THAT scene in Little Women.

    • miagain

       And don’t forget Shopgirl… one of my favorite movies.  Actually enjoyed the movie more than the book… that doesn’t happen often.

  • joe_tey83

    Very much looking forward to seeing more of her crazy cry face as well.

    Damian Lewis looks like he has overplucked his eyebrows and it’s not ever going to grow back now.

    • sisterb67

       Sadly, his eyebrows have always been like that. Could be worse, he could be sporting James Whitmore-esque forehead caterpillars…

  • Judy_J

    Sheesh….where were those sexy-mama hormones when I was pregnant?  I had nose-bleeds, heartburn and constipation.  No glowing skin and abundant silken locks for me.  Claire does look beautiful….good for her!

    •  Right? I had acne, I swelled up everywhere and the heartburn! Good lord. My hair looked great and I had Dolly Parton boobs, but the rest? Not so much. Certainly not like Claire Danes here, who looks amazing.

  • theblondette

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeah return of Homeland! So. Excited.

  • This is the best she’s looked in a long time – gorgeous, and I love the dress! And I love the color of his suit, but totally agree that it’s a skosh too small.

    • kschwarting

      I am not really a Claire Danes fan, going back to Billy Crudup leaving Mary-Louise Parker for her while Mary-Louise was pregnant forgoodnesssake, but she is stunning here, full stop.  She looks better less angular.

      • Michelle Cunningham

         I agree, have never liked her because of that – remember MLP’s acceptance speech?  BURRRRRN!  but I have to admit that she looks lovely.  Best she’s ever looked.

    • EveEve

      Not wild about the dress, but have to say I’m not seeing “matronly neckline.”  True, there is no cleavage showing (she doesn’t have much) but the decolletage cuts below the armpits.

  • His suit sucks but I want sex with him anyway, all the time, right now.

    • sisterb67

       You and me both, Deborah. He  could be wearing a little boy’s sailor uniform, and I would still totally hit that.

  • Weird, I never pictured her as a mom — I don’t know why, I have no reason for it.  And you know why pregnant women glow?  Because when you hang with your head bent over while heaving, you get a rush of blood to your face and sweat enough to get dewy…

    • I never pictured her that way when I used to see her out at clubs with musician boyfriends … but her so-called life is all growed up!

  • She also looked amazing on Live with Kelly and Michael, and David Letterman last week.

    • She rocked Kelly and Michael, really chic and also good for the morning.

  • MilaXX

    Scores are fine, but for me this is all about Ms. Danes here. I now it’s a cliche to say a woman is glowing during pregnancy but honestly she deserves an award for best dressed preggo. The look she wore on Letterman last week was deserving of a WERQ even if she wasn’t pregnant I don’t know where she is getting her dresses, but she is looking fab! The face is also looking excellent. Not preggo nose spreading or skin breakouts and the red lip suits her.

  • charlotte

    Yes, the neckline could be improved, but whatever…I call this a WERQ.

  • Zippypie

    Clare looks FANTASTIC – the only thing that kills it for me every time with her is her posture.  She slouches.  Collapses her sternum and sticks her tummy out.  Stand up and be proud, honey!

  • kimmeister

    Her hair has never looked so voluminous!

  • I think he’s so hot! I would give him a ten. But I am biased!

  • nannypoo

    I’m trying to enjoy the beautiful afternoon on my patio, but my neighbor is having her deck power washed, the second time in two weeks, and the relentless noise of this process is enough to push me over the edge. I am in no mood to mess around,so: Her lipstick is too bright and he looks like a twerp.

    • Anathema_Device

       At the risk of veering too far off topic: When I moved to the burbs from the city, I was shocked at how loud it is out here during the day!!! Leaf blowers, power washers, electric saws (for the endless remodels)…Ugh. I totally feel you.

  • I love the lace detail around her shoulders, would love to see the back of the dress. The waist looks like it needs a little something like a belt or detail to tie the top and bottom together.

  • Anathema_Device

    It is a shame b/c that color suit is very nice on him. The fit and the accessorizing is another story. Danes is gorgeous. I didn’t know she was pregnant and first though, “Hmmm, that dress makes her look pregnant.” I don’t mind the neckline and shoulder detail and their broadening effect. I think it makes the outfit less “look at the bun in my oven!”

    • She is so thin, you can see every ounce on her. Her face, her arms. She is gorgeous, for sure. Anyone else, I’d say “What a pretty gal”. For Claire Danes tho, it was obvious. At least to me. Is that scary obsessive?

      • Anathema_Device

        No, let’s just call it “observant.” 😉

      • zmayhem

        I remember reading an interview with her in a teen magazine years ago in which she was brutally frank about the pressure from managers and agents on teen actresses to stay thin thin THIN, and how she and her friends, all growth-spurting teens, would get together and spend hours talking about food the way regular teen girls talk about boys. Obsessive, craving, can’t-touch-but-want-so-much, wanting to tell the stern grownups in their lives to just fuck off but not quite daring because the grownups hold all the power.

        She came across as very aware of how unhealthy it was, and angry, and resigned, in a bitter sort of “This is the career I wanted, so I just have to accept being permanently hungry if I want to continue to work” way. It was an incredibly depressing article.

        • I’m glad I didn’t read that. Probably would have done some serious damage to my teenage psyche.

  • Matronly? It’s down to her navel! Maybe the epaulet flowers are a bit much.

  • PinkLemon

    who else googled her cry face?

    • mshesterp

      Well, NOW I just did.  And it was awesome.  It’s thisclose to Dawson’s crying face meme, especially from her My So Called Life days.

  • Rand Ortega

    He’s so fine, I’m willing to overlook the Napoleon channel (the hand in pocket pose is soooo douchey), the too tight suit (though, it does highlight several “assets”).
    Ms. Claire is luminous. I love her look head to toe.

  • j_anson

    Homeland and Stardust really got me on board the Claire Danes train. Before that I kinda disliked her. She’s probably one of the most *striking*-looking women in show business right now, though. 

    Oh, uh, clothes? I think Damien Lewis deserves better than a six. The suit fit’s not perfect, but he looks pretty darn good to me otherwise and he’s working a somewhat difficult color/fabric.

    • mshesterp

      I thought so too.  Ignore the silly pose (and I know it’s a little tight), but give the man props for pulling off what many, many men could not.  I might’ve gone 7/7.5.

  • cmb92191

    LOL about the Sears catalog comment.   It is so true.  I lived in the Midwest in the 90’s. Some local department stores were still doing that pose in thier print ads.

    And dare I say preggo Claire Danes looks gorgeous- much better than I did when I was preggo.   In fact, I really like the dress.

  • EEKstl

    Sears Catalogue circa 1977!  Exactly!! LOL!  She looks sensational.  SQUEE that Homeland is returning, what a brilliant show.  I’m addicted.

  • phylora

    Doesn’t anyone else think DL resembles HGH?

    • Wendi126

      Don’t know who HGH is but to me he looks like a cross between Hugh Laurie and Steve McQueen

      • Call me Bee

        Lady Gaga’s Hot Ginger Handler.  And yes–Damien Lewis does look like hime  Alot! 

      • phylora

        HGH – Lady Gaga’s Hot Ginger Handler…

        • Wendi126

          Of course! I know HGH. (hanging head in bitter kitten shame)

  • hughman

    Every male celeb is going to try and pull a Jon Hamm in the pants now, aren’t they?

  • ccm800

    a DENIM SUIT? 

  • ojosazules

    Her hair is other worldly. In a good way.

  • gabbilevy

    Oh my goodness, am I looking forward to their show coming back. Pregnancy suits her so so so well–she’s never looked more beautiful. The dress was a great choice… maybe if the waistline was the teensiest little bit higher, she’d have a little bit more definition to her curves. I wish his suit was fitted… it looks nice, but so sloppy!!

  • Since she was 15, Claire Danes has had the BEST CRYFACE IN THE BUSINESS. It is my favorite thing about her. 

  • MrsKrause

    When she played Juliet in Romeo+Juliet, she cries and that part is the part where my ninth graders always laugh.  She’s got a pretty cray cray cry face in that, too. 

  • guest2visits

    She’s very beautiful in this, she looks at ease and comfortable too.  I wish his suit was a deeper shade of blue.
    I know this color matches his eyes, and he’s a handsome guy; but this suit just doesn’t work for me.

  • Jean-Luc Bresson

    i want his suit!

  • She looks amazing!  He’s cute, but the suit should be a deeper shade of blue.  This is a little too “novelty” blue, you know?

  • quiltrx

    She looks really beautiful and happy!

  • Pennymac

    Wow. I’m totally laughing at myself for looking at the pictures and thinking “Poor Clare, that dress makes her look preggers.”  I am soooo out of the loop I didn’t realize that she WAS until I read the TLo commentary!

    • AthenaJ

      I had no idea she was pregnant either! As someone who routinely is asked if they are pregnant (grr), I was annoyed at myself that my first thought at this pic was ‘looks pregnant’.  Lol thankfully she is, so I don’t feel bad now 🙂

  • Chaiaiai

    Total random comment but a friend ran into Claire at Burning Man last week.  Said she was in the middle of the desert with a full-on blow out.  And there to be seen, her handlers were having her do the rounds.  SO funny to me.  But her hair looks amazing, the color is perfection.

  • Blondage

    Wow. Claire looks ravishing.

  • RzYoung

    Haha, I love his little jaunty pose – it’s like Jack Black or something

  • Celandine1

    Her hair is amazing here, are we sure there isn’t a shampoo commercial taping at the same time!!

  • bellafigura1

    Thank goodness for the return of Homeland in the wake of Breaking Bad’s one-year (!) hiatus!

  • Jennifer Coleman

    That is a nice suit, and totally sets off his gingeryness and blue eyes nicely. But I tool a look at that straining jacket button & hand-in-pocket and thought, “oooh, TLo’s gonna get you for that!”
    Claire looks great! The lush look agrees with her.

  • miagain

    sniffle sniffle… that’s a somewhat matronly neckline…???  I might as well go jump off a bridge…

  • librarygrrl64

    Aw, I think he’s taking the piss with that pose. I have seen him in comedic roles and interviews, and he is very funny (and seems to have a good sense of humor about himself as well). Good on ya, Damian! 🙂

  • littlemac8

    Now help me, guys.  Is that a denim suit???  Doesn’t that tie look too dressy for that casual fabric (whatever it is)?  Somebody show him that twee pose with his hand in his pocket and I guarantee he’ll never do it again!

  • Kristy Evans

    Oh man, Claire Danes is the QUEEN of the ugly-cry. It is horrifying and fantastic all at the same time. She does look glowing though, much as I hate that overused term.

    As for DL, he is “fighting the hot” as they say. Let it be, Hot Ginge #2, let it be. 

  • BrightsideSusan

    She looks so much better fleshed out – and glowing.