A private romance that lasts. Claire DanesAnd Hugh DancyThey had instant chemistry when the met on the film set. Evening.
“I was very recently single, and I had never been single before, so we were just friends for a while,” the Homeland During a February 2017 interview, the alum remembered their first meeting. Marie Claire. “[Hugh and I]We met in Rhode Island in the fall, when it was at its most beautiful and audaciously beautiful. And there was one day when we were bicycling by the water and it was sparkly and idyllic, and I just had this dumb epiphany, like, ‘I’m really just happy.’”
Although Danes was interested, she had decided to end her relationship with Danes after a string failures. After she felt her “palate was cleansed” following a one-night stand during a production hiatus on EveningShe realized that Dancy was what she had wanted all along.
“[I thought,] ’Oh s—t! I think I’m going to marry this person,’” she recalled during a January 2020 appearance on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “[That was how] the end of my life as a single person was realized.”
Dancy was delighted to learn that she had realized this before they began dating.
“I can only say that I’m really glad my wife chose to have a one-night stand with an inadequate lover,” the Ella Enchanted star joked on SiriusXM’s “The Michelle Collins Show” in May 2020. “It was kind of in the moment [when]She was single, while I was single and we were both clearly thinking about it. She was also thinking, I suppose, as one often does, ‘Well, do I want to jump back into another relationship?’ She had just come out of one.”
After just a few dates Danes was in love.
“Well, Hugh’s a big nerd, too,” the Romeo + Juliet actress said during a February 2020 interview with Net-A-Porter’s Porter magazine. “When we first started sorta-kinda-dating for real-ish, I had an ornament-making party for Christmas, and he helped organize it. Then he made an ornament of cowboy paper dolls, and I thought, ‘And he crafts?’ That was it. You have me for the rest of our lives.”
Dancy proposed to Dancy in February 2009, after many years of being together. They were married in a French ceremony in September.
“It’s great. They’re both treating me very well,” the Hannibal alum gushed about marriage and fatherhood during a May 2013 interview with the U.K.’s Evening Standard In a busy career. “If Hannibal comes around again, our schedules would overlap by a couple of months, which would mean either I could be with her or she with me, or neither of us would be working, and there’d be a period where we’d have to commute. It’s a complicated balance, like any marriage. We have got to be happy as a unit and I also want both of us to be happy independently and fulfilled in what we do, so there has to be some elbow room.”
The couple has two sons, Cyrus and Rowan. They were born in 2012 and 2018. Since then, they have enjoyed their quiet life as a family with four.
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