Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes at BAFTA New York Event

Posted on May 16, 2014

We feel like Hugh and Claire are judging us through their little smirks. We feel like we might love them a little for that; like we’d all walk up to each other and politely insult each other through our smiles. A veritable festival of backhanded bitchery. Pro tip: If you’re at a party, find the most judgmental-looking couple in the room and bond over your unasked-for opinions. And if you don’t know what the most judgmental couple in the room looks like, here’s a visual aide.


Hugh-Dancy-Claire-Danes-BAFTA-New-York-Presentation-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes attend BAFTA New York Presents: “In Conversation With Hugh Dancy” at The Standard Highline in New York City.

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Judging you.

“Hi! I’m Claire and this is my husband Hugh! We feel like you two make a terrible match!”

“Hi! I’m Hugh and this is my wife Claire. We can’t believe you left the house looking like that!”

“Hi, I’m Claire! You look like a bad mother! Isn’t that right, Hugh? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!”

We think we love them. That might just be the fear talking, though. Besides, we think her shoes look cheap and he looks kinda douchey from mid-chest up. But we’re smiling while we say it.




[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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  • Is it just me, or could they be cast as siblings?

    • hyperionic

      I don’t see it.

    • Sarah

      Same color eyes.

    • BLauD

      I see it. The jaw line. The eyes. I get where you’re coming from…

    • demidaemon

      Isn’t there some new psychobabble that says we are attracted to those who resemble ourselves facially? Could explain your concept.

      • Qitkat

        Good lord. I’ve got plenty of relatives who would poke a hole in that theory 😉

        • demidaemon

          Hahahaha! I know, but I remember seeing it an article and discussed on Chelsea Lately. I really don’t know how much weight it has, but I guess they must have some research to back it up, although I am more inclined to agree with your studies. 🙂

          • Sharon

            I think people who find themselves very attractive – tend to be drawn to people with similar features – thus a lot of twinsy couples happen (I know a few).

          • Sarah

            Me and my fella are two peas in a pod. I don’t look like his relation, but we have the same build, the same curly hair, and the same smiles. Everyone always says we look like a great match. I know that I thought he was extremely handsome because I admire the same qualities in his appearance that I like about myself.

          • demidaemon

            It’s interesting for me, because I’ve always been attracted to men who pretty much look nothing like me. It must be either/or.

          • Alloy Jane

            Yeah, people who look like me have no chance because my family genes are strong and we all look alike. I don’t want to be reminded of family when I’m with a dude. That is not sexy.

          • demidaemon

            It feels a little narcissistic (man that word is hard to spell!) and not in a good way, no?

      • I haven’t heard that! I do know a man who wouldn’t go out with blue-eyed men because blue eyes were “family”.

        • demidaemon

          Huh. That’s interesting and a little weird, since, in my opinion (as a blue-eyed man), blue eyes are particularly striking. 😉

          • Gary was an interesting and slightly weird man! I’ve got blue eyes and am married to someone with blue eyes – I don’t see it as being an indicator of family at all! Meanwhile, are you up really, really late?

          • demidaemon

            Usually, yes. I am most definitely a night owl. 🙂

        • Sonnet_PDX

          Oh, I read something about that once! It was something about all blue-eyed people having a common ancestor. It does not mean we blue-eyed people are CLOSELY related, though.

          • Constant Reader

            I live in Rhode Island. If having a common ancestor sometime since the Mayflower ruled people out as potential partners, I’d have never had a date. 🙂

    • sienna elm


    • Fuchsiaforever

      I see it!

    • Did you ever see that rather wretched movie, The Holiday, with Carmen Diaz paired romantically with Jude Law? They look like mirror images of each other; separated-at-birth twins. Smooching! Awkwardly.

      • I didn’t – I find her unwatchable – but I can absolutely imagine!

      • Alloy Jane

        Really? I don’t think they look alike at all. Her face is round and his is oval, his nose is thinnish, hers is “normal,” his mouth is thin and narrow, hers is wide and slightly full. Plus she has those pinchable cheeks and straight eyebrows whereas his cheeks are not prominent and his eyebrows are angled. The only thing similar about them are the long, narrow light eyes.

    • Alloy Jane

      Oh I’m so glad I’m not the only one. Same eyes same face shape, mouth, nose, forehead, that’s all I can see. I guess this is a case of “I want to be me AND do me.”

  • Emily Dagger

    The coattail/mullet skirt effect on her dress is so weird and awkward that I initially thought she had a sweater wrapped around her waist or something.

    • imspinningaround

      The dress looks like it came from Forever 21.

    • smayper

      YES. I have an intense, visceral hatred for those high-low skirts. Bad enough on high school girls…so much worse on a full grown adult gorgeous intelligent rich actress.

    • 3boysful

      Weird, unflattering dress that is too heavy for those bare shoes.

    • JP

      I wondered if perhaps she borrowed a very, very, very big & tall man’s black dress shirt.

  • imspinningaround

    Her expression in the third photo is 100 percent pure uncut “Nobody asked for your opinion, dear.”

  • Jecca2244

    they look like they want to be home together on the couch sharing a blanket and catching up on the DVR.

  • 1) Those looks say, “TV MONEY!” 2) My husband and I were that couple last night. Showed up for a film fest party in a bar and were immediately, “We are not doing this” and left for cocktails at the low key bar next door. (He was wearing a sombrero fascinator, I was in a black/silver Dynasty inspired number with a witch hat fascinator. We had TV Money smirks, but without TV Money.)

    • Sarah

      When you type “sombero fascinator” and “witch hat fascinator,” do you mean….tiny sombrero…and witch hat? Perhaps…with VEILS? Because, yessssssssss.

      • Exactly! We brought the Party City. The sombrero is sans veil (but the witch hat has one….)

        • Sarah

          Oh, how frikkin’ delightful. I really, really loathe tiny hats SO MUCH that I love them. I know that makes zero sense, but I can’t explain it any better.

          • I think we see eye to eye on this! The idea of a tiny hat is so absolutely ridiculous that it comes back around.

          • kimmeister

            By any chance, have you ever seen the movie “Wrongfully Accused”? It’s a silly movie, but there is a scene involving a tiny hat that I can’t even describe without erupting into paroxysms of laughter.

          • Sarah

            No, but I will look it up. Paroxysms are excellent.

    • FibonacciSequins

      “Sombrero fascinator” makes me think of Porky Pig wearing one of his little hats.

    • bluefish

      This is hysterical.

  • Sara

    They were totally made for each other and I mean that in the nice way.

  • Lori

    I don’t think anyone wearing that hem has any right to judge me about anything. I like Claire, but she can keep her opinions to herself.

    • Angela

      I know! It is a men’s silk dress shirt over-styled into a ladies dress. How is THAT a good look? She is fine from the neck up, but I can’t get on board with the overly-literal man-shirt-dress. *Judging*.

    • kimmeister

      The droopy waist ain’t doing her any favors either.

      • Lori

        Yeah, the whole thing is just odd and unfortunate. I’m not sure exactly what she was going for, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t what she ended up with.

  • Danielle


    • Lucía Gavello

      They’ve been married for five years and have a son! In Hollywood that’s like growing old together.

    • bluefish

      Didn’t she leave Billy Crudup for Hugh?

      • Fuchsiaforever

        Didn’t Billy Crudup leave Mary Louise Parker for her?

        • bluefish

          That’s right! Billy left MLP hugely pregnant for Claire and then Claire ditched him for Hugh. Like a rom-com starring Gennifer Goodwin. It feels good to be old sometimes and realize one’s heart is never going to be broken in THAT way ever ever again.

          • AutumnInNY

            I remember when that happened. I can only imagine how painful that must have been for MLP, i think she was very close to her due date and she and Billy had been together for years. As much as I love Claire’s work I could never get past this. Just bad karma all around.

  • hughman

    Centuries ago I worked for a “fashion designer” and Claire was walking in her show one season. I was super excited because I was apparently one of the few people I knew who watched “My So Called Life” and this was soon after so Danes was still really young but she was also really shy and really sweet. My job at the show was to man the “Celebrity Entrance” with a clipboard which back then actually meant mostly big magazine editors, etc. However this one young man walked up and asked if he could come in because he wanted to see his friend in the show. He wasn’t on “the list” but naturally I let Jared Leto come in and he was slightly surprised at being recognized but very appreciative. I like to think I ruined him.

    And that is where babies come from. The end.

    • Lucía Gavello

      I love this story! I really want to know what’s behind the quotation marks on “fashion designer”. I read them as snarky air quotes…. then again, I read every comment here in the bitchy drag queen voice of my imaginary alter-ego.

      • hughman

        I do not have a high opinion of this person after working for her so I was being generous.

        • Lucía Gavello

          I figured as much. But hey, at least you got face time with Jordan Catalano out of that deal 😉

        • It was Stella McCartney, wasn’t it?

    • ShaoLinKitten

      You should write a book. I am your fangirl just from reading your comments on this blog. ::air kiss::

      • DebbieLovesShoes

        True. I’d buy it.

  • jonnyf8

    I was worried about you guys until the last paragraph.

  • Angela

    There is the slimming leg cross, which we all know and love, and the leg cross that makes you look like you are in the middle of a truck stop crisis. This is falling into the latter category….

  • Imasewsure

    I’d sidestep right past Mr & Ms Judgy here and head straight to the bar. I don’t think I could win them over without a few cocktails to sharpen my wit (and dim my ego).

    • marlie

      I say we just stay at the bar. Who really wants to hang out with the Judgey McJudgersons all night?

      • Trent

        They do look kind of smug here. However — I went to a “Hannibal” (TV show) event at the Apple Store a few weeks ago with Hugh and he was the NICEST CELEB EVER. Stayed until everyone had a selfie, chatted with the fans, smiled and joked with everyone, and SO PRETTY.

        So if there’s any judginess happening, it’s all her. ( ;

  • rkdgal

    If you can’t find the most judgmental couple at the party, is it because you’re it? I’m ok with that, BTW, just clarifying. 🙂

  • Mr. J.

    Oh honey, the cute-but-hostile thing….DONE THAT. Was taught by experts.

  • MilaXX

    Why does her dress have a tail?

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    That first shot is what couples at our local Whole Foods look like when they see you picking up the NON-ORGANIC produce!

    • Shawn EH

      It’s just as good! Damn you, superior couples!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Her dress-tails annoy me.

  • Joanna

    This is my favorite post of the week. Smugness suits her.

    • Shawn EH

      She’s like a Paltrow who actually earned it!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Love how the hair in front of his ears makes him look a little elvish.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I never noticed how elvish his ears were – cannot stop seeing it now.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Hasn’t Mads Mikkelsen eaten him yet?…

    • Supernumerary

      I like to think that Hannibal would be hugely disappointed at Hugh’s attire. He could do so much better. (His suit, not Claire.)

    • AnnaleighBelle

      Only with his eyes.

  • BLauD

    What is she wearing?? Oh gawd.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Hugh’s headsuit is his Will Graham head from Hannibal. They try hard to make him look disheveled and fuzzy. I don’t love it on him and I have an unnatural love for beards and shaggy hair on men.

  • Rhonda Shore

    His hair is doing something weird and it makes it look like he has elf ears.

  • marlie

    They should maybe make sure their own looks are perfect before they go around judging people. He looks ok, but she looks like she’s wearing a nightshirt.

  • Jai Piper

    He’s got elf ears!

  • jw_ny

    I can’t judge her. I saw her on Katie Couric show this past week promoting a cause for Afghan women working/earning wages…making hand embroidered scarves…she seemed so sweet and sincere about it.

    (I’ll wait ’til next week to judge… 😉 )

    • Gatto Nero

      Thanks for the tip. I looked this up and found Afghan Hands and the scarves these women make, which are for sale.

  • Hermitage

    Interesting their most recent hits involve their both playing highly neurotic characters. I wonder if they coach each other on appropriate microexpressions.

  • bluefish

    She’s another one with a great figure who can’t dress herself to save her life. Think I love those shoes though, what I can see of them. Always want to get my scissors out and give her a nice clean bob. He looks like he’s getting ready to play Count Vronsky. He can come do that at my house. I’d be willing to suffer like hell after he left me.

  • FridaStaire

    I was thinking they had a huge fight in the limo on the way

    • Mrs. O

      Thank you. I knew it was something.

  • PeaceBang

    Smug Marrieds.

  • LadyVimes

    I want to go drinking with them. So much snark potential.

  • quiltrx

    I’m not much on beards anyway…but–and it’s just my opinion–I feel like guys whose facial hair grows all swirly like that should not wear a beard. It’s always going to look messy, and it always reads “Charles Manson” to me.
    And he is MUCH too handsome to have that face covered up! And I’ll admit, his adorable curly lock on the forehead is almost enough to distract me from swirly-beard.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    My picture is relevant!

  • Man Dala

    He’s VERY handsome. She’alright.

    • bluefish

      LOL and widya

  • KM

    They are adorable and perfect together and I will not hear anything bad said about them. Even their respective tv characters would make a kick ass combo!

  • Molly Dowd

    Is it just me, or does Hugh Dancy read like a cardboard cutout in the first picture?

  • AvaLehra

    Angela Chase and Will Graham can do no wrong in my book.

  • Columbinia


    Well, I suppose if you’re going to show up at a publicity event looking like that, you shouldn’t show up. By “looking like that” I mean both the clothes and the expressions on their faces. They radiate “we *hate* doing this,” which kills the point of being there. Love you dearly, guys, but next time, stay home.

  • unbornfawn

    They seem insufferable.

  • P M

    I wish there was a way to upvote this post. This looks like every insufferable brown / desi Aunty and /or Uncle you’ve ever known. Or church lady. I HATE the back hem.

    • Qitkat

      There is a star at the top right of the comments under your Disqus name where it says Favorite. If you click that, it is like upvoting the post 🙂

      • P M

        Oh, *that’s* what that’s for. Thanks!

  • sundaynightaddict

    I like them, but I’m totally getting a college faculty cocktail party vibe from both of them.

  • MannahattaMamma

    “in conversation with Hugh Dancy” because WHY? what on earth does he have to say?

  • andreawey

    Jesus! nail….. head!