According to a recent profile on Claire Danes in The New Yorker, it was down to Danes and ’90s golden girl Alicia Silverstone for the role of Angela Chase in the cult TV show “My So-Called Life.” Much as I adore Alicia as Cher Horowitz, she was not the right choice. Though executive producer Ed Zwick was on board with Silverstone, his partner Marshall Herskovitz said the following:
Alicia is so beautiful that that would have affected her experience of the world. People would have been telling her she was beautiful since she was six years old. You can’t put that face in what’s been written for this girl.In The New Yorker profile, the “My So-Called Life” producers continued to wax poetic about Claire Danes’ now famous cry-face. Herskovitz recalls a specific scene, saying: “Her body starts to vibrate and tears come into her eyes. You realize that she’s having a physical experience that is beyond acting.”
The whole piece on Danes is fascinating and I recommend you take the time to read it. In the meantime, let’s let Danes and The Violent Femmes take us out.