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Vogue Stumps Claire Danes with Fictional Character Question

The fun of  those behind-the-scenes videos for magazine cover story shoots often comes from when the proceedings don’t go as planned. In the case of Claire Danes, it happened alongside Vogue August 2013 partners Damian Lewis and Annie Leibovitz as she tried to answer a portion of the “Name Your Favorite” game.

Lewis had no problem coming up with his favorite fictional character. It’s Bertie Wooster, the English gentleman who recurs in P.G. Woodehouse‘s Jeeves novels.

But Danes, after some initial hemming and hawing, is brought back for some rather hilarious think-out-loud brainstorming. Pinocchio!? Curious George!?!? Even though Danes does this all with such natural charm that it’s as good as if she had sternly announced Anna Karenina.

In terms of overall answers, Lewis wins the prize for best deadpan goof. Asked for his favorite food, he replies, “You know… Asian-Italian, sort of British-New-American fusion.” The August issue of Vogue hits newsstands Tuesday July 23.

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