Claire Danes Rejected Soap Offer in Fear of "Developing Bad Habits"





Film and TV actress Claire Danes is making the media rounds in support of her HBO Films project Temple Grandin. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Danes reveals that at the age of 12, her first offer in the entertainment industry was for a role on a soap opera. She explains why she turned it down saying,

“I was 12 when my first job offer was to be on a soap opera,” she said. “I turned it down because I didn’t want to develop bad habits.”

I wonder if Demi Moore, Meg Ryan, Academy Award nominees Morgan Freeman and Julianne Moore, or Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones feel they developed "bad habits" from their stints in daytime? In fact, I've always read and heard the opposite. Most soap alums-turned-A-listers give soap operas plenty of credit for the speed at which they tape and the amount of pages the actors are required to memorize. I'd say for any actor those are pretty good habits to develop!

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Wow, Gato, you're so right. I'm completely terrified of taking on your man. Just sitting here quivering. It's really hard to type and hit the correct key.

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 Does she seriously want us to believe that she had the sense at 12 to discern that soap operas give actors bad habits??  She must have been a genius, indeed.  No...I think it went something like this - you got offered a soap and your stage mother and you thought it wasn't good enough for you - because you were destined for "greater" things.  Well, looking back on her career, I must say it hasn't been that distinguished.  She's still trying to leave behind  My So Called Life - So sorry, Claire Danes!  You have a well deserved reputation for being a sour puss and not a very nice person - continue making comments such as these!

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Do we even know what bad habits she is talking about before we stone her to death and all these A-list stars that were on soaps didn't stay to long maybe it was because they didn't want to develop bad habits themselves. 

Maybe the speed in which they tape is one of those bad habits for most major movie star stress the amount of research they put into getting in character for roles.  Maybe one of the bad habits is playing the same type of character for an extended amount of time. 

And just for the record yes you can pick up bad habits working on soap operas same as you can pick up bad habits working on a primetime show or cable show. 

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Well, I like Claire Danes and I will watch Temple Grandin, but my opinon of her has been lowered somewhat.

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Could someone please tell me what block buster movie she had been in. Or what popular TV show. And don't day My so Called Life. Because that was on MTV . I  wonder what bad habits she is talking about. I remember Vivica Fox saying she thanks soaps for her being so prepare in movie land.

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Claire is selling a movie and was aked about her past BUT I HATE when actors who have never done daytime drama put it down

Walk a mile in their shoes first Claire

J Bernard Love Ya man and your brutal honesty

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Bob and LovesDog,

I might have been "harsh" as you put it, but I asked you to back up and/or explain and/or defend your position. I didn't attack your characters or your motives. That my "tone" put you off isn't my concern; if you want to take it "personally", so be it.

As for the arguments you presented, it's also on you (both) to have not refuted what I rebutted or defended what you asserted and instead decided to make it about "Big Bad J. Bernard."

That says it all as far I'm concerned.


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I have greatly enjoyed much of Danes' work.  I'm a sucker for Angela Chase.  She's stirred up things before by opening her mouth and spouting ignorant statements.  I think she probably does believe what she said about soaps and I think she's foolish for doing so.  But I don't really care what she says.  There's tonnes of people I like way more than her who have said far worse. 

I also enjoy JBernard's posts and participation in the podcasts and agree with his initial post on this topic.  However I would also feel a bit personally attacked if someone were to suggest that I was making "cheap, unsubstantiated  shots just for the sake of making them because it makes them sound like they know what they are talking about when clearly they do not."  I would feel like my character and motives were being cast in an unfavourable light.  But I can be sensitive and easily stimied.

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How likely is it that Claire Danes was even responsible for her choices at age 12? 

I liked My So Called Life so I am glad she never did the soap. If she had, perhaps she never would have made So-Called Life.  It doesn't matter to me if she hates on soaps.  I like a few soaps and she doesn't.  I can live with that.

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she's not the only one

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s3/coronationstreet/news/a200676/suran...

also, she was only 12, and thus impressionable. good on her for having an idea of what she wanted for her career that early on. she hasn't done too badly. also, why does the main post not mention that she won a golden globe for best LEAD actress in a drama at 15?

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So Claire Danes dares to speak about soaps in something other than hushed reverent tones and we're supposed to grab our pitchforks and torches and chase her through the streets? When did soap fans get so desperately precious? All she did was speak about decisions she made about her career. She didn't criticize any particular show or actor. Are soaps a form of entertainment or a cult?

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Very well said, Marceline. I agree with every word.

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sassysdreams wrote:
Claire who?  Who cares!

right on the money...i dont know who she is or what show she's been on...but when u are on a soap, you built a diehard fanbase that will follow you everywhere....too bad she will never have that....

but hey whatever......who care about clare who????