Magazine article Variety

Danes Was Lucky That 'Life' Was Short

Magazine article Variety

Danes Was Lucky That 'Life' Was Short

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In some respects, Claire Danes is lucky that her breakthrough role, in the ABC drama "My So-Called Life," was at least a decade ahead of its time.

Danes was in her mid-teens when the series premiered in 1994, earning critical acclaim but, by the standards of the time, relatively low ratings. The program wasn't renewed (questions about Danes' eagerness to continue were said to have complicated the decision), and the actress proceeded to embark on an extremely busy film career before the road circled back to television in the pay space, with Emmy-winning work in the HBO movie "Temple Grandin" and Showtime series "Homeland."

Although "My So-Called Life" generated a mere 19 episodes, it showcased the talents that Danes - who played the thoughtful teenager Angela Chase - has displayed ever since. For starters, she was age-appropriate and disarmingly real, hardly a description that applied to many teens patrolling mid-'90s primetime. …

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