Claire Danes' Response to Body Shaming in Hollywood Is Refreshing

Claire Danes is regarded as one of the most talented women in television for her leading role in the hit series "Homeland."

Danes stars as Carrie Mathinson, a high-strung, bi-polar woman who acts like a superhero CIA agent, saving the world from all the evil.

Similar to Carrie's willingness to reveal her vulnerable side, Danes is speaking up in favor of vulnerability, especially when it comes to the constant body shaming of women in Hollywood.

As Allure magazine's December cover star, Danes opened up about the criticism she and fellow Hollywood friends have faced in regard to their appearances. Check out highlights from the interview below.


On body shaming
"It's just so ingrained in us, the idea that we should take up the right amount of space, literally and figuratively."

"I've wrestled with this my whole life, as just a person in the world and as somebody who make images. Its OK to want to look and feel your best. It's OK to work at being attractive, whatever that means to you. And it's also OK to not expect to be defined by that. It's OK to be powerful in every way: to be big, to take up space. To breathe and to thrive."

When critics describe her as a fearless actress
"Oh, Im full of fear. I care about things; therefore, I have fears," she says. "I like to think that I'm brave, which is different. Brave means you're able to admit that you care. If you care, you are vulnerable."


On her "cry face" in "Homeland" and how she feels about the need to be "flawless"
"I'm very vain about my performance. I want to give as honest a performance as I can. But I'm not so worried about being regarded as beautiful when I'm playing a character," she says. "I have plenty of vanity in my life. I want to look pretty in the world. But I can be this bottomless pit. I know some of the most beautiful women on the planet-unequivocally, objectively friggin' gorgeous — and they are rife with insecurity and self doubt, and you just think, 'Well how can that?'" She shrugs. "I'm attractive enough. I can do the work I want to do. I’ve found a wonderful man who wants to make out with me. I'm good.”


On future roles
"I'd love to do a comedy. I'd love to play somebody who is much more terrestrial and low-key and of this planet that most of us know and love," Danes says. She smiles wryly. "I would like to maybe not save the world for a second."

The issue hits newsstands on November 24. Until then, read the full story here and check out Danes' style evolution over the years here.

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