Claire Danes in Glamour January 2014: I'm Glad Lena Dunham Exists
The "My So-Called Life" star looked absolutely radiant in designer duds from Chloe and Michael Kors for the Norman Jean Roy-shot spread and discussed how Lena Dunham influences feminism along with her thoughts on her "cry face" memes.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Danes' interview below. For more, be sure to visit Glamour!
"I'm a feminist. And I'm so glad that 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."
On her criticized cry face:
"I think people are made uncomfortable by uncensored expressions of emotions. 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 other career aspirations:
"If I hadn't been an actress, I was thinking seriously about going into psychology. It's just really what I'm interested in: the human psyche and how we process information. How we experience feelings and create our own personal narratives. Acting is just an extrapolation of that."
On her life as a thirty-something:
"I'm happier in my thirties. I feel clearer about who I am and less apologetic about it, and more accepting of my limitations and also more aware of the ways in which I'm capable. I was always looking forward to this time because people talk about it very romantic terms. And I think it's true. Gravity hasn't had too profound of an effect, and you're little less emotionally gangly. The twenties are a deceptively challenging/painful time. I'm just glad to be out of that phase."
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.”
Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy for Glamour