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Claire Danes to 'Glamour': Men & Women Are 'Hardly Equal'

Claire Danes to 'Glamour': Men & Women Are 'Hardly Equal'

Claire Danes is gorgeous in The Row on the cover of Glamour magazine’s January 2014 issue, on newsstands December 10.

Here’s what the 34-year-old Homeland actress had to share with the mag:

On feminism: “I am a feminist. And I’m so glad that [Girls creator and star] Lena Dunham exists, because she is one too, and she’s quite vocal about it. Yes, women have more freedom and more influence than ever, but it’s hardly equal. It’s just not. It’s really f–king crazy. I’m sorry I’m cursing. But it’s wild that women are underrepresented [in Hollywood]. I have real anxiety about directing, and that’s something to question and challenge and correct.”

On her crying face: “Well, it is true, she gets emotional a lot. [Laughs.] There is that. But I actually think feelings are really hard for people. I think people are made uncomfortable by uncensored expressions of emotion. But, you know, that’s my job. I don’t have those fears. I really have never been concerned about being beautiful on-screen. That’s just not my jam. I’m concerned about it if I’m playing a beautiful character. But it’s not relevant for Carrie. I don’t need to worry about that, and I think that’s really great. I love sitting in the makeup trailer and getting my makeup done in 15 minutes as opposed to an hour and a half.”

On her husband Hugh Dancy: “Well, it’s true that you often kind of forget to see the person you’re most intimate with, but occasionally I’ll come to and sort of think, Oh my God! You’re really, really good-looking! [Laughs.] I’m embarrassed now! It’s nice to occasionally have that flash.”

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Credit: Norman Jean Roy/Glamour
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  • True

    Oh, modern feminists…
    The Disney Virus is one, too….
    No thanks.

  • Mike

    If you have to point out and call your self a feminist, you’re probably not a feminist. Also, where was her feminist self supporting woman when she was hooking up with someone’s baby daddy?

  • Yay Mike

    You can say that again Mike! She is truly a waste. When I look at her I see a POS.

  • lady

    I like her , but sometimes I wish she would just shut up.
    Love her husband btw.

  • tee

    @Mike: Feminism is about equality, not about some social perception of ethics.

    So I guess Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna aren’t feminists either.

    If you mock or reject feminism then you don’t understand it or you’re so socially conditioned you don’t even see the difference. Gender stratification. google it.

  • Frida

    LOVE her! And Mike, why on earth would you not call yourself a feminist if you are one? You’re allowed to voice your beliefs.

  • kelly

    feminism by her definition should be: steal another woman’s husband.

  • Sarah

    Thank you, tee.

  • Mike

    @tee I’m very aware what feminism is about. I am in college and have taken classes where the topic of feminism was front and center. My point is that I would never do something like she did. I have control and do not go around sleeping with peoples significant others. Therefore I have less respect for you when you do it. It goes for anyone. Martin Luther King for example lived a very ethical life because he knew he had to be taken seriously and doing anything even remotely wrong would discredit him. I know plenty of woman I would identify as true feminists and they don’t voice it, they show it through their actions. They demand to be taken seriously and don’t do shady things.

  • sarah


    Martin Luther King was a serial adulterer. Does this mean you should lose respect for him too?

    This hate on Claire Danes and feminism is funny, women who have gotten involved with married men are hated, but the guys who did the cheating on their wives don’t get the same hate. Not very “feminist” imo

  • Carey

    Love Claire Danes but Lena’s understanding of feminism is hackneyed and misguided. She’s old school 2nd wave feminism, which was privileged white girls complaining about oppression, man. She thinks, “My art is me getting naked on camera and if you don’t love looking at my chubby flab then you’re anti-women!” It’s so obvious that all she craves is attention and will use whatever medium she can to get it. I cannot wait for her 15 minutes to be over. Danes, on the other hand, is a talented actress.

  • British Latin American

    @sarah: Silly Sarah, the accusations about Martin Luther King have no substance that is already established.

    No one is hating on feminism so much as they are hating on Claire for her pretensions to being one.

    The discussion is not about guys cheating on their wives and girlfriends but about Claire Danes screwing a man she knew had other commitments. The post was about her, not Billy Crudup.