Claire Danes, 37, became known as Angela Chase in the 1990s TV teen drama My So-Called Life, but tonight she’ll wrap up season six of Showtime’s Homeland in her Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning role as CIA officer Carrie Mathison. Here are five fun facts about the New York–born actress, who’s married to actor Hugh Dancy.
1. She appeared in a music video for Soul Asylum’s “Just Like Anyone” as an outcast teenager who grew angel wings at her prom.
2. Her first big movie role was as Juliet to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo in Romeo + Juliet (1996).
3. In 2007, Danes played Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion on Broadway.
4. Director Oliver Stone wrote her letter of recommendation to attend Yale University.
5. She’s a certified scuba diver.