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These days, she’s one of Hollywood’s most high-achieving, and trophy-showered, actresses, but Claire Danes insists the industry still falls flat when it comes to gender parity.
“Yes, women have more freedom and more influence than ever, but it’s hardly equal. It’s just not,” the Homeland heroine tells Glamour in its January cover story. “It’s really (expletive) 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.”
She’s grateful, however, for the industry’s emerging strong sisterhood. “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.”
A, well, glamorous fashion shoot notwithstanding, in which she trades Carrie’s sensible-chic navy Theory pantsuits for a flirty red dress from The Row, “I really have never been concerned about being beautiful on-screen. That’s just not my jam,” says Danes, 34. “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.”
Not that Danes doesn’t ever appreciate off-screen beauty. When it comes to her dishy husband Hugh Dancy, “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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