Claire Danes, Billy Cudrup Affair: Actress Comes Clean On Billy Leaving Pregnant Mary-Louise Parker For Her: ‘I Was Just In Love With Him’

Zachary Volkert - Author

Oct. 5 2015, Updated 3:54 p.m. ET

Claire Danes snagged an incredibly potent career revival when she first started playing the volatile CIA agent Carrie Mathison on Homeland in 2011. After rocketing to ’90s teen star fame with breakout roles in My So-Called Life and Romeo and Juliet, the actress came under considerable public scrutiny in 2003 when actor Billy Cudrup left his pregnant girlfriend of seven years, Mary-Louise Parker, allegedly in order to a pursue a relationship with Danes.

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Though it’s impossible to measure the exact impact of the scandal on Danes’ career, it’s notable that even more than a decade later, her relationship with Billy Cudrup still comes up in interviews. Most recently, the affair reared its head when Claire Danes sat down with The Howard Stern Show on Monday. The host questioned Danes, who was 24 at the time, about how she felt about the whole Cudrup affair in retrospect.

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“That was a scary thing. That was really hard. I didn’t know how to not do that. I was just in love with him and needed to explore that, and I was 24… I didn’t quite know what those consequences would be…. But it’s O.K…. I went through it.”

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