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"Don't blame me" says Claire Danes

New York Newsday
May 25, 1995

'Don't blame me,' says Claire Danes

By Liz Smith

Claire Danes, the 16-year-old star of ABC's highly-acclaimed, low-rated "My So-Called Life," is feeling the heat from critics: They say that it was she who ruined the series' chances for renewal. Some network insiders, and hordes of "Life" fans on the Internet, are dissing Claire, insisting it was her passion to become a movie star that sank the show.

Claire is in NYC, making a feature with Jude Law and Jeanne Moreau, "I Love You, I Love You Not." We spoke to her briefly, and she was clearly pained by the criticism:

"Look, if I wanted to make movies, I could do them on hiatus, like lots of people do. The truth is, 'My So-Called Life' was a tumultuous saga from the get-go. It was delayed a year. It was at the bottom of the ratings. I loved the show, but I won't take responsibility for ABC's not picking it up. It had nothing to do with my so-called movie career. I really don't know where all this is coming from, but it's hurtful. As far as I'm concerned, I wish ABC had cared as much then as they say they do now! It's all about money and ratings, and I wish the people who loved the show, and who miss it, could get that. It wasn't one person's ego that killed it -- certainly not mine!"

“Ignore her. She got up on the wrong side of the coffin this morning.”

Enrique (Rickie) Vasquez, Episode 9: "Halloween"