Claire Danes reveals how she tackles obsessive anxiety over her appearance

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Claire Danes has spoken about how she avoids falling into an “obsessive loop” of worrying about her appearance.

The 37-year-old actress, who has won a clutch of awards including three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards throughout her career, revealed she has learnt to focus on the positives while blocking out any negative criticism.

“I think of it in terms of managing my own anxiety of what’s desirable,” she told Harper's Bazaar.

“I just return to the basics: I have a partner who is attracted to me. I’m able to be expressive in my work and I’m physically able. That’s so beyond good enough, and the rest is just noise and nonsense.”

Claire Danes with her husband, Hugh Dancy

Claire Danes with her husband, Hugh Dancy

The actress, who shares a child with husband Hugh Dancy, had previously opened up about her battle to find peace with her body in a November 2015 interview with Allure magazine.

“It's just so ingrained in us, the idea that we should take up the right amount of space, literally and figuratively,” she said.

“I've wrestled with this my whole life, as just a person in the world and as somebody who makes images.”

On set filming in New York for the new season of Homeland

On set filming in New York for the new season of Homeland

Danes, who became a household name with her role as Angela Chase in the nineties teen drama My So-Called Life, will soon be returning to our screens for the sixth season of  TV drama Homeland.

The actress plays Carrie Mathison, a bipolar CIA agent who became one of the most celebrated female lead roles, despite her imperfections.

"You know, I don't think of her as female," Danes told Harpers Bazaar.

"I'm playing a person...  She is defined by her ideals, by her patriotism, by her commitment to righting wrongs, by her relationship to her mental condition [but] it's just really beyond the more conventional stereotypes about what it is to be a woman in this world."


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