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Aug 21st
05:38 pm
MAOW in Blackbook interview w/ Claire Danes  
Here is the portion of Claire Danes' Blackbook Magazine article that focuses on Me and Orson Welles:

Next on her agenda after this month’s nuptials, Danes will launch two movies, Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles, in which she costars with Zac Efron, and HBO’s biopic of the autistic author Temple Grandin. In Linklater’s theater period piece, set in the 1930s, Danes play Sonja Jones, the older woman to Efron’s young thespian.

“It’s really appropriate that we were doing the power ’80s theme today, because she was the equivalent in another era. She’s unapologetically hungry and ambitious, and I love that about her,” says Danes of her ladder-climbing character. “She broke his heart, but she was very honest with him throughout. I also thought it was tender that she had such strong ideals and ambitions but was basically just a PA—she was escaping into a kind of fiction.”

High School Musical star Efron had to steel himself for the role. “I was intimidated,” he says, about the prospect of working with Danes. “Even just the name Claire Danes carries such weight with it. I needed to be a worthy love interest in the film and I didn’t know that I had any of the qualities necessary to woo a girl like her.” He had plenty of time to try his luck, since the bulk of filming took place on the remote Isle of Man in the U.K. “Claire and I were trapped on an island together with nowhere to go for four weeks, like a reality show.” It turns out, however, that Vanessa Hudgens—or Hugh Dancy for that matter—had nothing to worry about. “My character was supposed to fall in love, but she was also supposed to be out of his league. After meeting Claire, that was definitely the way it was supposed to be.”

Danes first auditioned for Linklater when she was 13 years old. “She was too young for the part,” says the director, who was casting his indie classic Dazed and Confused at the time. “But I told her, You’re one of the best actresses I met in this whole audition process. You’re so natural and real. Claire Danes, I’ll never forget that name. And—boom—a year later, she’s on My So-Called Life. I love the way her talent rises to the top.”

Directing her as an adult, Linklater was struck by how intently she worked. “She was so mature to begin with. She was like that at 13, very serious about what she’s doing. She doesn’t take it lightly. She has a very interesting process. She’s not easily satisfied, let’s put it like that. She pushes herself in an internal way—some people beat walls down, but it’s an internal thing with her, something pushing her forward, which is pretty fascinating.”

Head to the source for her photoshoot and more on other topics, if you like :)
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I shall know when you give me one.actionvaughn on August 22nd, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Have you gotten your BD-Live to work? Still no commentary for me. :(
Shruti: Zac | Dopeboy Freshcalcified on August 22nd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
That's horrifying. HOURS OF ZAC TALKING ABOUT W/E and on one's heard it.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 22nd, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
no i haven't :(

every time i call panasonic it takes too long or i get hung up on. and i don't want to waste my weekday minutes. so i'll try tomorrow.

i'm going to twitter at adam shankman about the commentary. lol i don't think it'll work but who knows ? :D
butterflybee260: pic#92281052butterflybee260 on August 22nd, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)

Do it, sometimes he responds. And we NEED to hear this!!

butterflybee260: pic#92277057butterflybee260 on August 22nd, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)

"...I needed to be a worthy love interest in the film and I didn’t know that I had any of the qualities necessary to woo a girl like her.”

You know sometimes you can still see the scrawny, dorky high schooler who wasn't good with girls in him. And I love the usage of the word 'woo'. He's too darn cute.

jessica3311: richardstarejessica3311 on August 22nd, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
u totally can LOL

nice to see Zac talking about Claire....even if im not a big fan of hers...
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on August 22nd, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
awwwwwwwww. so true...

and wow, reading ONTD, what's with the hate on claire????? idgi?
sasha.sashanaa on August 22nd, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Idk! I think a lot of it has to do with her dating Billy Crudup after he left Mary-Lousie Parker who was around 7 months pregnant at the time or something. But I feel like that's more his fault than hers. And then probably they just all want Hugh Dancy for themselves lol.

I don't mind her, idk.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 22nd, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
She's a damn good actress (IMO) and brings a presence to the screen. I'm by no means rallying behind the Mary-Louise Parker incident, but I don't enjoy Claire for how she may/may not have gone about dating a man- that's not my business. C'mon now...
Shruticalcified on August 22nd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Plus, ok the only part that makes me mad at Claire (though it's definitely more Billy's fault) is that she and MLP were best friends.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 22nd, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
It's not a pretty picture, no. I guess I'm just saying since I'm not involved, I can't relate to forming any concrete opinion, let alone an emotion regarding what did/didn't take place.
jessica3311jessica3311 on August 22nd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
i just heard a few stories back from R&J set days so I've held a grudge since then LOL. I didnt say it was a rational reason LOL.

Its weird b/c I love MY So Called Life & ofc R&J.....idk LOL.

But I did love what she said about Zac in Time's Most Influential People article so.....lol

Edited at 2009-08-22 03:43 am (UTC)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 22nd, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad for how they view her, really. For me, I've just been able to focus on her work and appreciate that.
jessica3311: Interviewjessica3311 on August 22nd, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
oh no hun I get what u mean. I've liked those 2 projects I stated before but thats about it for me. But im sure excited for M&OW LOL
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 22nd, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Fair enough :)

A few years ago my mom bought the MSCL dvd collection for me. I still love "Late At Night" by Buffalo Tom from the episode when Rayanne and Angela went to see them perform (aka hunting down Jordan Catalono)at the pool hall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zGj0vrPxFc
jessica3311: handinhairjessica3311 on August 22nd, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
I FUCKING LOVE THAT SONG!!!!!!! God that show was so freaking good :( Why did they cancel it. Jordan Catalon *sigh* When he sang "Red" & "I want to be sedated" guh so amazing LOL.
sasha.: hs » nicest kids in townsashanaa on August 22nd, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Ikr? He's so precious <3