In her new cover story for Mastermind magazine, the “Homeland” star, 39, opened up about the time she freaked out in front of the “Formation” singer.
“Oh, I got stupid in front of Beyoncé,” Danes told the publication. “We were backstage at, I think, the CFDA Awards. I was about to present. She was going on after me or something, so we had this kind of awkward minute while we waited. She was bedazzled and had a huge hat on — exactly the version of Beyoncé you’d want to meet.”
Continued Danes: “I think she said, ‘I’m a big fan.’ And I was like, ‘Well, Beyoncé, I, too, am a big fan.’ She was like, ‘My husband and I watch your show.’ And I was like, ‘That’s amazing. Thank you! What are you working on now?’ And she was like, ‘I’ve been on tour but I’m finally going to be done soon and we’re going to go on holiday.’”
But while the duo’s chat started off innocently enough, the actress said she put her foot in her mouth within moments. “I was like, ‘Where, Beyoncé?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, I don’t know. I’m still thinking about it.’ I was such an idiot. Obviously you do not ask Beyoncé where she’s going on her holiday. You don’t do that. So I panicked and tried to find a crack in the floor I could slip through.”
Elsewhere in the story, Danes discussed her evolving red carpet style. “The carpet thing has grown over the course of my career,” she said. “There weren’t stylists when I started. We barely had a makeup person. I would wear a dress that I bought at a store.”
Even now, the “My So-Called Life” star, who posed for the magazine in androgynous looks from Celine by Hedi Slimane, admitted that her approach to dressing for awards shows is fairly simple. “I basically just have to wear the thing with some conviction,” she said.
And unlike most other stars, you won’t see Danes Instagramming her red carpet looks after the fact, because she’s stopped using social media altogether.
“Love to hashtag,” she explained. “But I just sort of capsized … I wasn’t convinced that it was making much of a difference for me, career-wise. I know it’s easy language now, but I don’t like to think of myself as a brand. I didn’t like that I started to move through my day framing my experiences in terms of Instagram. One day I just gave up. And you know what? I’m okay.”