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Hot or Not: Claire Danes

Jun. 17, 2008by: Cherry Liquor

Last week, it was still somewhat debatable whether or not Reese Witherspoon was a legit hottie or just a really pretty and talented lady. It was also thrown out there that I've been choosing actresses with prominent foreheads. I swear it hasn't been a conscious decision on my part. However, it did make me carefully dissect my choice for this week, the eternal "it girl" of the X Generation, Claire Danes.

Claire Danes

Considering the massive cult following that Claire's breakout canceled show, "My So-Called Life" has, I can't claim to be the only or even the first person to have discovered her talent. Only 15 when she started out on that show (and in big screen films like the remake of LITTLE WOMEN), people couldn't stop talking about her back in the mid-1990's. She went on to woo audiences even further as the doomed Juliet to Leo DiCaprio's Romeo in the fantastical Baz Luhrmann version of the Shakespeare tragedy.

However, when I started looking back and truly examining Claire's career over the years, I can't say that she's got a great wealth of roles to be proud of. Either completely forgettable (TO GILLIAN ON HER 37TH BIRTHDAY, POLISH WEDDING, THE FLOCK) to so gratingly bad/annoying that you wish you could forget them (THE MOD SQUAD, BROKEDOWN PALACE, THE FAMILY STONE), I came to the realization that Claire has exactly two expressions: angst-ridden complete with furrowed brow or anxiety-driven with a fake look of paranoid fear. Even on the red carpet, she gives off this wrapped in plastic feel.

So imagine my discomfort is proclaiming that I find her to be a true beauty. It doesn't make much sense, if I'm supposed to weigh her talents and accomplishments against her appeal as a whole. I was easily able to stomach her in SHOPGIRL (where being angsty and anxious suited that particular character perfectly) and in looking over the pictures I've seen of her, I admire that her style has remained simple and sophisticated for the last 14 years. She's aged, but in a healthy and appetizing way. Sure, she'd be an instant hottie to me without a single doubt if she had more than her barely-there hint of a chest region, but beautiful is beautiful and that's most definitely (in my opinion) what Claire is.

Your turn... do you find Claire Danes to be hot? Pretty? Or (fill-in-the-blank)?

Source: IMDB

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8:50PM on 10/14/2009
A hottie, in her own special way.
A hottie, in her own special way.
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6:12PM on 06/20/2008
She's got a lot of talent - just hope she gets more chances to show it.

She's also truly a gorgeous woman. Not your classical kind of "hot", but I find her extremely attractive.
She's got a lot of talent - just hope she gets more chances to show it.

She's also truly a gorgeous woman. Not your classical kind of "hot", but I find her extremely attractive.
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4:44PM on 06/18/2008
Cute, but not hot.
Cute, but not hot.
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4:42PM on 06/18/2008
i think she's gorgeous. i don't know if i think hot like i wanna bone her hot, i just think she's pretty.
i think she's gorgeous. i don't know if i think hot like i wanna bone her hot, i just think she's pretty.
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11:45AM on 06/18/2008
Claire Danes? Meh. Definitely hot after my stomach churning look at ol' "Not" Janet up there but otherwise? Just meh.

And that first pic up there of her? She looks WAY too young in it to be attracting the gents. That's a shot for teenagers and pervs to drool over.
Claire Danes? Meh. Definitely hot after my stomach churning look at ol' "Not" Janet up there but otherwise? Just meh.

And that first pic up there of her? She looks WAY too young in it to be attracting the gents. That's a shot for teenagers and pervs to drool over.
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8:22AM on 06/18/2008
Shes great, Ive been a sucker for her since her MTV days. Kind of like how Natalie Portman seems to be down to earth and real, hot and sexy but not in a hollywood way. Little more girl next door type.

Shes not the type of chick that immediately gets my loins in an uproar, but somethin is roaring. Ok that didnt come out right but you get the point
Shes great, Ive been a sucker for her since her MTV days. Kind of like how Natalie Portman seems to be down to earth and real, hot and sexy but not in a hollywood way. Little more girl next door type.

Shes not the type of chick that immediately gets my loins in an uproar, but somethin is roaring. Ok that didnt come out right but you get the point
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10:20PM on 06/17/2008

Still waiting...

for that really significant movie role that was going to make me feel every little thing her character was feeling. Yup, still waiting. She had sooo much potential and now hardly anyone remembers her. That makes me sad.

But this has nothing to do with her looks. Do I think she's hot? Yeah. Quite hot. In fact, I'm surprised she grew into her looks as well as she did. She was always kind of gawky on MSCL and that was one of the things that made her character so endearing. But now she's all
for that really significant movie role that was going to make me feel every little thing her character was feeling. Yup, still waiting. She had sooo much potential and now hardly anyone remembers her. That makes me sad.

But this has nothing to do with her looks. Do I think she's hot? Yeah. Quite hot. In fact, I'm surprised she grew into her looks as well as she did. She was always kind of gawky on MSCL and that was one of the things that made her character so endearing. But now she's all woman and she's real and raw and painfully beautiful. So I still have hope that she will be cast in that elusive role and I will continue to wait until it happens.
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9:38PM on 06/17/2008
She's so beautiful!

I am true female member of Gen X and adored her in MSCL...

But, my real love of her came in this decade while watching the little known Igby Goes Down.
She's so beautiful!

I am true female member of Gen X and adored her in MSCL...

But, my real love of her came in this decade while watching the little known Igby Goes Down.
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9:42PM on 06/17/2008
This is the first time I'm giving a limp hot dog. Not cuz I dont find her pretty, in fact, I agree whole heartedly with the firt comment. She's an accesible pretty. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I dont find her attractive. Far from it. If I were to see her pass by in person I'd turn my head, but for a MOVIE HOTTIE...I'm gonna have to pass. I really enjoyed her in Stardust and even in T3. I think I'm the only person to hate My So Called Life, my sis tried to get me to watch it all,
This is the first time I'm giving a limp hot dog. Not cuz I dont find her pretty, in fact, I agree whole heartedly with the firt comment. She's an accesible pretty. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I dont find her attractive. Far from it. If I were to see her pass by in person I'd turn my head, but for a MOVIE HOTTIE...I'm gonna have to pass. I really enjoyed her in Stardust and even in T3. I think I'm the only person to hate My So Called Life, my sis tried to get me to watch it all, but I could only barely make it through the first episode. I even liked the Gap commercial she did. So she has a good career, but I've never found her ridiculously hot. At least the others I've voted "Hot" for I've found smokin at certain points. Excellent first pic of Claire though. Thats pretty good.
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9:12PM on 06/17/2008

yikes

I didn't notice the feet before mistylou mentioned them. Not a fan...

Besides those clown shoes she has at the bottom of her legs, I've always been a fan of hers. I wouldn't say she's hot, but she's definitely girl-next-door pretty...which I find hot.

And maybe I don't know shit about shit, but I liked her in The Family Stone. Maybe it's just because I'm a fan of that movie or because I really didn't like Sarah Jessica Parker in it.
I didn't notice the feet before mistylou mentioned them. Not a fan...

Besides those clown shoes she has at the bottom of her legs, I've always been a fan of hers. I wouldn't say she's hot, but she's definitely girl-next-door pretty...which I find hot.

And maybe I don't know shit about shit, but I liked her in The Family Stone. Maybe it's just because I'm a fan of that movie or because I really didn't like Sarah Jessica Parker in it.
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9:00PM on 06/17/2008

Ewww...

I thought she was pretty up until I just saw her huge feet in that last photo! LMAO! I'm not shallow, really! I just don't like feet. As for her acting...meh.
I thought she was pretty up until I just saw her huge feet in that last photo! LMAO! I'm not shallow, really! I just don't like feet. As for her acting...meh.
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7:44PM on 06/17/2008
she has always struck me as an accessible beauty. in both appearance and personality, she looks like a real person.

for instance, she has a slightly large honker, a goofy little smile, and her body isn't sculpted in marble nor spilling out of tight dresses.

yet none of that detracts from her beauty. rather, it enhances it. it makes her real. she's a person. flaws and all, she is a human being, not an unobtainable pin up fantasy - i find that refreshing, especially in Hollywood.
she has always struck me as an accessible beauty. in both appearance and personality, she looks like a real person.

for instance, she has a slightly large honker, a goofy little smile, and her body isn't sculpted in marble nor spilling out of tight dresses.

yet none of that detracts from her beauty. rather, it enhances it. it makes her real. she's a person. flaws and all, she is a human being, not an unobtainable pin up fantasy - i find that refreshing, especially in Hollywood.
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