Claire Danes Winona Ryder

Claire Danes’s genius portrayal of Carrie Mathison means you can’t think of her without thinking of Homeland. But Carrie, of course, is not her only unforgettable role. To millions of thirtysomething women who grew up watching her play Angela Chase in My So Called Life, she will always be the introspective teenage voice that echoed our own. “I feel a real loyalty to my generation,” Danes said in our December cover story interview. “I think your identity is sort of set in your teenage years. And my cultural identity was set at that same time.”