Claire Danes is dear to us for two important reasons. She knows how to work that ugly cry and she killed it with grungy plaids in the ’90s. Watch her at the beginning of all of this, newly single and talking to David Letterman about Romeo + Juliet. She joked about popping out of David Letterman’s birthday cake at the ripe age of 17. “I’ll be 18 at that point so it will be OK,” she said to the dumbfounded host. What to say to that? He did not know. He looked like his entire family perished in a landslide. But on they went, and we learned she had zero cares about spoiling the ending three questions in. (Juliet offs herself with a gun, because modernness.)
Letterman plays his part like a classic old by announcing that she just got her driver’s license to which she says “indeed, my most major accomplishment” like seventeen-year-olds do. Best is him schooling her about how to drive in her juiced-up Chevy Blazer. “There are too many boobs out there as it is.” They pretend to make real birthday plans because they have the same one except Letterman’s birthday came about 100 years before hers.