Claire Danes as Rachel Fleishman | Fleishman Is In Trouble on FX

Claire Danes

Rachel Fleishman

Was Rachel, portrayed by Claire Danes, ever really the person Toby thought he’d married? Raised by a cold and withholding grandmother, Rachel Fleishman’s real first love was her career. She’s a successful theater agent who has built Fleishman & Co into the largest small theater agency in New York, all in hopes of making sure she and her family have the wealth and choices that Rachel never had growing up. But all these things came at a cost, and the marriage paid the bill. On a summer day soon after the Fleishmans’ divorce, Rachel drops the kids off and heads to a yoga retreat, taking the family’s newfound, wobbly sense of equilibrium with her.

Career Highlights

Danes is a multiple Emmy® Award-winning actress and producer as well as a multiple SAG Award winner.

Danes starred on Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Homeland for eight seasons and served as an executive producer. For her role as “Carrie Mathison,” she won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2012 and 2013 as well as back-to-back Golden Globe® Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama in 2011 and 2012. She was nominated for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series; the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama; and four SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Additionally, she was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Critics Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series and was nominated for the 2015 and 2016 People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Premium Series Actress. Homeland won the 2012 Emmy, the 2012 and 2013 Golden Globe Awards and the 2012 Critics Choice Award for Outstanding Drama Series and was nominated for an additional three Emmy Awards and two Critics Choice Awards in the same category. During the series’ run, they filmed all over the world including Tel Aviv, Berlin, Cape Town, Budapest, New York City, Charlotte and Los Angeles.    

Danes is currently in production on Steven Soderbergh’s Full Circle opposite Zazie Beetz and Timothy Olyphant for HBO Max. Soderbergh is set to direct all six episodes of the limited series, which follows the investigation of a botched kidnapping that uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in New York City. Most recently, Danes starred opposite Tom Hiddleston in the Apple TV+ limited series The Essex Serpent, which is based on the acclaimed novel.  

Danes received critical acclaim for her performance in the HBO biopic Temple Grandin. Based on the extraordinary life of Temple Grandin, the film chronicles how she turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder education. Danes won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and the film won for Outstanding Television Movie. She also won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television and the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

She is well known for playing “Angela Chase” in Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s acclaimed series My So-Called Life, for which she won the 1995 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama and was nominated for the 1995 Emmy Award in the same category. Other notable roles include guest starring in Aziz Ansari’s Master of None and Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s Portlandia. 

On the big screen, Danes starred in Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake opposite Jim Parsons. The film, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was written by Daniel Pearle and is based on his 2013 play, which portrays a timely, honest, emotionally rich look at 21st century parenting. The film was nominated for a 2019 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release. Additionally, Danes was in Sony Pictures Classics’ acclaimed comedy Brigsby Bear alongside Kyle Mooney, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was recognized as one of the Top Ten Independent Films by the National Board of Review in 2017.

Other notable film performances include Anand Tucker's Shopgirl opposite Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman; Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio; Burr Steer's Igby Goes Down opposite Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum and Kieran Culkin; Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles opposite Zac Efron; Matthew Vaughn's Stardust opposite Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer; Lajos Koltai's Evening opposite Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Mamie Gummer, Hugh Dancy, Patrick Wilson and Vanessa Redgrave; Thomas Bezucha's The Family Stone opposite Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker; Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger; Stephen Daldry's Academy Award®-winning drama, The Hours, opposite Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney, Ed Harris and Toni Collette; Richard Eyre's Stage Beauty; Jonathan Kaplan's Brokedown Palace; Bille August's Les Misérables; Theresa Connelly's Polish Wedding; Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker opposite Matt Damon; Oliver Stone’s U Turn opposite Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix; Michael Pressman's To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher; Jocelyn Moorhouse's How to Make an American Quilt opposite Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft and Ellen Burstyn; Billy Hopkins' I Love You, I Love You Not opposite Jude Law; Jodie Foster's Home for the Holidays opposite Robert Downey Jr., Holly Hunter and Anne Bancroft; and Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women opposite Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon and Kirsten Dunst.

In 2007, Danes made her Broadway debut starring in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion opposite Jefferson Mays. Her performance as “Eliza Doolittle” was well reviewed by critics. In 2016, Danes starred in Thomas Kail’s Off-Broadway play, Dry Powder, opposite Hank Azaria and John Krasinski.

Off camera, Danes is an accomplished dancer and has received critical acclaim for her performances in Edith and Jenny and Christina Olson: American Model both choreographed by Tamar Rogoff at P.S. 122.

Lizzy Caplan

as Libby Epstein

Libby, now a stay-at-home-mother defined more by her boredom than anything else, becomes fascinated with Toby’s new life and begins to spend more and more time with him.