Date:    Thu, 25 May 95 09:54:05 EDT
Subject: We finally hear from Claire

We seem to finally have her own words, or as close a report as is possible to
get. A picture of Claire Danes with the caption "Don't blame me" accompanies
Liz Smith's column in New York Newsday, May 25:

"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.'  [Until recently she was filming this in Germany.] 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!' "