Claire Danes is a badass. She won a Golden Globe at 15 for her astute crying skills in the seminal '90s teen drama My So-Called Life, dipped from the show to pursue her career but basically fell off the map for 15 years, only to return with two more Globes and an Emmy for her astute crying skills on the equally incredible and infuriating CIA drama Homeland. Here, let's take a look at how it all began. -Angelo
I’ve been charging through My So-Called Life on Netflix and losing my shit over some of the '90s style (a ton of plaid, florals and flannel) and the killer soundtrack (Sonic Youth, The Lemonheads—you get the vibe.)
Danes’ Angela Chase, with her signature JanSport slung over one shoulder (don’t go one-shoulder, kids, it’s bad for your back) leads the core foursome of: the wild—and let’s face it, the bomb.com—Rayanne; Rickie, one of the first gay teen characters on TV, who had a definite In Living Color groove to his wardrobe; and a young Jared Leto as Angela’s illiterate love interest.
Whether you’re an old-head tripping down memory lane or discovering the show for the first time, the short-lived but much-loved My So-Called Life packs enough oversized layering inspiration to get you through this cruel winter.