Claire Danes on falling for Billy Crudup: it was a choice made with integrity


Last week, Jaybird covered an early excerpt from Claire Danes’ interview with BlackBook Magazine. The excerpt seemed to show Claire in an unpleasant light as she waxed philosophical about how “we just can’t shake monogamy… It definitely demands a kind of rigor and discipline and selflessness.” Coming from the young woman who dumped Ben Lee to have an affair/relationship with Billy Crudup (who was with the then-seven-months pregnant Mary Louise Parker) and then dump/cheat on Billy for current squeeze/fiancée Hugh Dancy, well, it all seemed a bit rich. And by “rich” I mean “hypocritical asinine bullsh-t”. It gets worse, though. Because now the complete interview is out, and Claire seems so far stuck up her own ass, she’s giving Dame Gwyneth Paltrow a run for her goopiness.

Claire answers questions about her relationship with Billy Crudup, and she uses words like “choice” and “integrity”. She whines about how the controversy that relationship caused was “unavoidable”. As in, she couldn’t avoid his wang? When she tries to explain how she feels knowing Hugh Dancy is The One, she says “I can apply myself in other ways now. I have more time and energy to get sh-t done.” Because her schedule was so grueling what with all the homewrecking? What? Too much? Here’s more from the interview:

Anyone versed in tabloid culture knows the strength of will she had to summon to endure the scrutiny she came under when Billy Crudup left a seven-months pregnant Mary-Louise Parker for Danes. The pair began dating after they met on the set of 2004’s Stage Beauty. “That was a choice I made to fall in love. It’s unpleasant to be cast in such an unflattering role, but I just had to remain steadfast,” she recalls, her body language going into self-protection mode with an arm cradling her hunched-over frame and crossed legs.

“I was living with the same kind of integrity that I had always lived with. As a public person you’re serving a certain function, and you’re a canvas for people to project their own hopes and fears onto, so you do have to perform a kind of mental trick and distance yourself from it. But there are times of weakness in which you wonder if what they wrote is relevant to you or representative of you.”

How much of that has stayed with her? “Not very much. I never really took too much of it on. It’s nice not to be ridiculed—nobody wants that—but it’s also unavoidable. Everyone gets the stick.” But all the rumors now seem a distant memory for Danes, who is set to wed British actor Hugh Dancy, whom she met on the set of Evening in 2006. The pair will exchange their vows in mid-September in a ceremony to be held in France.

While she’s had several serious relationships in the past—she dated Australian indie-pop star Ben Lee for six years and was with Crudup for two, just prior to Dancy—marriage, she says, was never something for which she yearned. “I’ve always wanted to be in a partnership, I’ve always wanted to have that kind of intimacy and collaborate with someone in such a deep way. But I think that can be achieved in a lot of ways. I was talking to my friend recently about monogamy—is it feasible, is it realistic? I resolved that there isn’t really a better model. We just can’t shake monogamy. It definitely demands a kind of rigor and discipline and selflessness. But it’s also fun.”

Particularly when you’ve got a former Burberry model in your bed. “He’s such a cutie patootie,” she says about her fiancé, a twinkle in her bright green eyes. “Sometimes I forget just how good-looking he is.”

When asked how she knew Dancy was the one, Danes hesitates. “I’m going into dangerous territory,” she says, and then relents, proceeding with caution. “While relationships are work, this just didn’t feel like it. It’s the kind of work that feels energizing rather than enervating.”

“There’s that pledge, and people talk about it being claustrophobic but I find it the opposite. I find it very freeing to know that, okay, it takes constant nurturing and attention, but I can also stop looking for the one—that’s established. I can apply myself in other ways now. I have more time and energy to get sh-t done.”

For her wedding day, she turned to Narciso Rodriguez. She describes the process as “surprisingly emotional. I’ve known Narciso since I was 16, and he’s made a lot of dresses with—and for—me. So it’s really special that this time it’s the dress.”

[From BlackBook Magazine]

What’s strange is that the part that pissed me off the most was when she describes asking renowned fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez to make her wedding dress. Claire says: “He’s made a lot of dresses with—and for—me.” With you? Bitch, please. He made dresses for you, and you didn’t even look that good in them. While I had always been on Team Mary Louise Parker, I had generally given Claire a pass, favoring to just hate on Billy Crudup. But now I get it. Claire is just as bad. And then some.

Pictures thanks to BlackBook magazine

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  1. Really... says:

    Another self-serving psuedo-intellect, slumming it as an actress.
    How refreshingly original.

  2. Lee says:

    Goodness, she’s no beauty…In fact, not really even quirky-attractive in any way. Okay, okay, I’ll go with it…she’s gawd-awful ugly. Chart-topping ugly.

  3. Green Is Good says:

    My Pretentious-Bitch-O-Meter is pinging off the scale.

  4. Tess says:

    Wanted to read all her quotes, but she does go on about herself, her integrity, her energy, her rigor, her discipline, and so on.

    Who is she? Must be very special.

    Gotta run. Late taking my cat to the acupuncturist.

  5. Stormy says:

    Nah, don’t you guys realize? She tripped and fell on his dick, it’s not her fault! God forbid she man the fuck up and just admit that she’s a homewrecking, disrespectful, selfish skank who couldn’t find a man that was unattatched to screw.

    It’s ok though, he’ll do to her what he did to Mary-Louise Parker, and we’ll get to point and laugh. Ahh, delicious schadenfreude, I love it!

    • HE SURE GOT HIS says:

      Stormy, I think you’re CONFUSED. Claire already dumped Billy Crudup for Hugh Dancy.

      Billy left his then 7-month-pregnant wife Mary-Louise Parker (she’s the main star of HBO’s Weeds) to run off with Claire.

      Then Claire DUMPED HIM to get with British actor Hugh Dancy which she married in 2009 in France.

      So it’s Billy Crudup who got his comeuppance for leaving his pregnant wife.

  6. Firestarter says:

    Wake me when her schpeel is over.

    Integrity! Whatever.

  7. filthy cute says:

    A lot of fancy words for “I’m not a whore.” Um, yes. Yes, you are.

    She’s up there on the kunt scale with Gwyneth Shrewtrow.

  8. ash says:

    Well, the hair-do certainly isn’t doing her any favors. She’s prettier than this. I’ve always thought she was attractive, especially in The Family Stone and Stardust. She just needs to not talk so much.

  9. Len says:

    Girlfriend needs to be classy and shut up about the whole thing. Nothing she can say about it will sound right.

  10. javelin says:

    Some people think integrity means following your heart, and staying true to your emotions. A think you also have to take into consideration other people’s feelings, though, so true integrity is never cut-and-dry/black-and-white.

  11. fizXgirl314 says:


    exactly!! you can’t talk your way out of something like that… I don’t think most people would buy it…

  12. N.D. says:

    She might be shallow and snotty but I don’t see why you’re talking about her like she’s some kind of crazy slut that can’t control herself around men. She is what? about 30? And she had 3 men in 10 years and it always was serious for her – she’s been with each of them for years. Looks like pretty normal young woman to me that hasn’t gone wild at all in her love life.

    And now she’s about to marry and came to think that it’s important to be fully committed and faithfull to your spouse. Yeah, what a bitch and whore, definitely.

  13. Eileen Yover says:

    Seriously-who talks like that?? Totally obnoxious!
    I want my Angela Chase back!

  14. Iggles says:

    When asked how she knew Dancy was the one, Danes hesitates. “I’m going into dangerous territory,” she says

    Really Claire????
    Talking about choosing to fall “in love” with someone who has a pregnant longterm girlfriend — that’s not dangerous territory?

    I generally wish people the best, but in this case I’d rather keep my mouth shut. Karma will be a b****!

  15. Stormy says:

    Oh crap, she’s not marrying that Crudup guy, she’s marrying someone else! Haha, reading comprehension…I fail it. Sorry!

    Welp, I certainly hope this Dancy guy cheats on her and leaves her for someone else, so she can see how it feels from the other side. She deserves it.

  16. Iggles says:

    @ Ash: “I’ve always thought she was attractive, especially in The Family Stone and Stardust.”

    No. No.. NOOOOO!!!

    Why did you have to remind us of that terrible piece of crap called, “The Family Stone”???

    Hate that movie with a passion. All of the characters were horrendous. The plot is ridiculous. I wouldn’t forgive or forget if my sibling “stole the heart” of my fiance! Eck. To quite a wise British actor on ‘Extras’: “Tacky sh**!”

  17. Jojo says:

    Yep, she’s pretty Goopy alright

  18. Charity is Chic says:

    Sounds like she’s been getting tips from St. Angelina.

  19. Obvious says:

    Can Goopy and mini-Goopy team up and make a terrible Gloopy mess somewhere so that the world hates them and they disappear? We’ll take the adorable Dancy back-even after contamination because hell-he’s gorgeous.

  20. alex says:

    obsessed with Angelina Jolie much Charity is Chic, cause I could have swear this is a Claire Danes’ thread and not Jolie

  21. Neelyo says:

    C’mon Kaiser, she looked good in that first Oscar dress Narciso Rodriguez did for her, but maybe that was really her idea.

    I used to like her so it’s sad to see her falling into a self-importance vortex. I think actors worry about sounding stupid, especially the ones who go to college, so they go to the other extreme and end up sounding just as ridiculous.

  22. Alex says:

    lol – and it was all her fault that he left Mary-Louise Parker… She fell in love with him and… oh yeah! He didn’t bother to say ‘no’ and stick with Parker – he chose to leave

    Who’s the whore again? I’d say he his too. Not that I’m a huge fan of hers – she’s fairly talentless – but you can’t put 100% of the blame on her. You can’t ‘steal’ a man who isn’t willing to be stolen. For all anyone knows he was the one to make the first move.

    Not saying she shouldn’t have resisted the temptation (I’m a firm believer in not so much as looking twice at a taken man – let alone one with a pregnant woman at home) but I’d say blame is 50/50 on this one

  23. elisabetta says:

    ugh she is so vain, and she doesn’t even try to hide it. I really don’t like her. Too bad because Hugh Dancy is very cute.

  24. Texas Gal says:

    I’m not even going to comment on her quotes. She sounds ridiculous enough but speaking of “The Family Stone” why does her name come out first before all the other actors? Her role was minor. Is she considered an A-lister because she came out in a horrible Romeo + Juliet remake? I dont get it.

  25. danielle says:

    ROFL! Awesomely pseudo-intellectual – she’s hysterical! Probably not on purpose, but still – have to hope she gives more interviews – she’s so bad she makes Goop look good!

  26. Ash says:

    lol, I said she was attractive in them, I didn’t say anything about the rating of the movie

  27. Thayer says:

    She makes Goop look attractive…she’s more like Gunk!! Get the F over yourself!!!

  28. Miss Wanderlust says:

    I wonder how she would feel if she was pregnant and abonded by her husband ?
    Maybe you can’t choose who you fall in love with buth you can choose to walk away ? She probably did Mary Louise a favor…..

  29. the original kate says:

    yeah, claire tripped and fell on billy’s dick…over and over and over again.

  30. oh my says:

    “It’s unpleasant to be cast in such an unflattering role, but I just had to remain steadfast”

    WTF?? She was cast in the role? She makes it sound as though she auditioned for the role of friend and somehow she was forced to star in the melodrama

  31. Vermithrax says:

    Tie’em together tramp.

  32. lola lola says:

    How do you have any respect for a man that ditches his pregnant girlfriend? Wow, that’s a catch. What goes around comes around Claire, dear.

  33. Kat says:

    ROFL @ Green Is Good.

    Couldn’t have said it better.
    It’s a pretty amazing feat when someone other than Goopy can annoy me to this extent with the crap they spew.

    Karma’s a bitch, Ms. Danes.

  34. Goddess711 says:

    I think she meant “Inn Tegrity” – like the NoTell Motel but skankier.

    Pass me the popcorn, I can’t wait for Karma to hit the fan on this chick. I’m hoping she’s 7 months knocked up and whoever this “Cutie Patootie” is (seriously – a grown man is a cutie patootie? she’s mature enough for a monogamous relationship describing her fiance like that? puhleeeeessse!) ditches her for some other Ho at the Inn Tegrity.
    This one’s another self-affected sleut. Can’t wait for the fall out. I’m wondering if she’ll actually show up for the wedding? Probably no movies on the horizon so she needs the publicity with a wedding?

  35. saintdevil says:

    She has taken rationalising to a whole new level of delusional high-horsery!

  36. Charity is Chic says:

    Alex, why so touchy about St. Angelina? It’s not a Paltrow site either. Why not point that out too? Sometimes it OK to mention other celebrities on threads. It’s a free country. Lighten up!

  37. Lady says:

    I canNOT stand her. I mean when I see her my skin crawls!!

  38. Sheigh says:

    Poor Dancy!
    How can he marry a woman with all garbage’s dins around her.
    She tries and tries and tries to explain herself but for nothing.
    If we were in his shoes, we’d so hurt.
    Anyway by everything we think, even if love is really so blind.
    Wish them really sincerely happiness in their marriage for a long long time.

  39. drm says:

    Ms. Danes needs to look up the meaning of the words ‘steadfast’ and ‘integrity’. She has neither of those qualities in her personality. Saying that you do doesn’t make it so…

    What a pretentious tw*t she is…

  40. Shanny says:

    Ms. Danes needs to STFU allready.
    Nasty trash piece of trash that she is.
    I am glad she is as ugly on the outside as she is on the inside, ugly skank. I have seen bigger boobs on children/girls in my son’s fith grade class.

  41. Ursula says:

    Why do these nasty b-lister- Leann Rimes too- think anyone cares about their shait? People think now adultery is cool and gives you a lot of press. Losers.

  42. eternalcanadian says:

    she and slutenna, umm, sienna must have gone to the same “i see married/attached guy, must break them up and have him for myself and i’ll cheat on him with another guy” training seminars.

  43. birdgherl says:

    UGH going after someone else’s man is SO pathetic. What a loser.

  44. captain america says:

    OK, I can’t accuse her for that……

  45. lucy says:

    Oh Claire. I used to think you were cute and mildly talented. But now I see that you’re nothing but a self-important princess with no respect for anyone, and NO integrity.

  46. j. ferber says:

    The way I heard it, Billy Crudup wouldn’t marry her and dumped her because she was pressuring him. That’s when she hooked up with Hugh Dancey. If a man won’t commit to his girlfriend of many years who is seven months pregnant with his child, how and why in the world would he commit to her? She is a delusional narcissist to think she was more “special” than Mary Louise Parker. A man does what he does because of who he is, not who the woman is.

  47. Eliza says:

    I used to like her but not when she stole Billy. Hugh better watch out b/c Claire Danes clearly shags all of her male co-stars. I wonder if she has a BV in Teds post emmmm

  48. the Sarge says:

    Ok, what this woman did was wrong, but why all the anger toward only her? Why the liberal use of the word “slut?” Yes, Karma will get her, but IMHO, but it takes two to tango… they are BOTH sluts!

  49. t-t says:

    ugh…this bitch is crazy..just cuz she can talk her way out of anything it dont mean shes right…i cant stand her “intellectual” ass

  50. Kita Kata says:

    I am flabberghasted, flummoxed, puzzled, how women always take the fall for the foibles of men! Can’t we at least say it’s a balance and they’re both at fault? I adore men, but good Lord — leaving your 7 months pregnant wife for a lovely fantasy? Not realistic at all …

  51. Orphie says:

    Billy Crudup leaving M L Parker, who was pregnant with his child: despicable.

    Billy Crudup making a killing as the voice of MasterCard: bazillions.

    Claire Danes trying to sound coherent while justifying her selfish behavior: priceless.

  52. Adriana says:

    Reading that crap coming out of her mouth just took 3 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Should have just clipped my toenails.

  53. Daniel says:

    one word: Skank!

  54. maya says:

    Hugh Dancy is also bisexual and recently has had male relationships. This was covered in the Brit press before.. it would be mahvelous if he left her for a boy. Karma. MLP is way prettier more talented and cooler. Claire has a strange asexual body (beyond the whole ‘she’s too thin’ thing.. it;s just a strange body) and I can see why Hugh is attracted to her now. She has zero femininity.

  55. Statler says:

    “That was a choice I made to fall in love. It’s unpleasant to be cast in such an unflattering role, but I just had to remain steadfast,” she recalls, “… I was living with the same kind of integrity that I had always lived with.”

    Oh God, sounds like Ayn Rand. Ugh.

  56. w says:

    “That was a choice I made to fall in love. It’s unpleasant to be cast in such an unflattering role, but I just had to remain steadfast.

    you meant that you that you made a deliberate decision to steal someone’s else’s man, and got portrayed exactly as you were ” a home wrecking whore”?