Painful to watch Leonardo DiCaprio was dismissive of infatuated co-star Claire Danes
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Miriam Margolyes, 80, has recalled finding Leonardo DiCaprio, 46, and Claire Danes’ interactions “painful to watch” on the set of Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. Miriam, who starred in the film alongside the young actors as The Nurse, has claimed in her new book that a then-17-year-old Claire was “infatuated” with Leonardo at the time.
However, the romantic lead didn’t reciprocate the starlet’s feelings, and was “dismissive” of her, according to Miriam.
Speaking in her new memoir, This Much Is True, Miriam revealed: “We filmed in Mexico City, paradise for someone like me who loves fossicking around flea markets and antiques shops, and, like me, Leonardo was into bling in a big way, too.
“We’d spend hours going through the markets together. I don’t know that I’ve ever had such fun.
“I have seen him since and he smelt divine, I’m happy to report.”
Despite getting on well with Leonardo during filming, she was less than impressed by the fact he was “insensitive” to Claire’s feelings.
She continued: “I liked him tremendously and admired his work, but luckily I was immune from his groin charms, unlike poor Claire Danes, then only 17.
“It was obvious to all of us that she really was in love with her Romeo, but Leonardo wasn’t in love with her. She wasn’t his type at all.
“He didn’t know how to cope with her evident infatuation.
“He wasn’t sensitive to her feelings, was dismissive of her and could be quite nasty in his keenness to get away, while Claire was utterly sincere and so open.
“It was painful to watch,” the actress admitted.
Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for Leonardo for comment.
Claire previously opened up on her relationship with Leonardo in an interview with W Magazine in 2018.
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She divulged: “That was problematic. I couldn’t really have a crush on the guy I was professionally having a crush on!
“Quite a few gay men have talked to me about the fact that when they were kids watching Romeo + Juliet, they were confused about who they wanted to kiss.
“It was all about Leo! And I completely understand.”
Miriam’s fascinating book promises to see the screen icon reflecting on her career at the age of 80.
The synopsis of the book reads: “Now, at the age of 80, she has finally decided to tell her extraordinary life story – and it’s well worth the wait.
“Find out how being conceived in an air-raid gave her curly hair; what pranks led to her being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had; how she ended up posing nude for Augustus John as a teenager; why Bob Monkhouse was the best (male) kiss she’s ever had; and what happened next after Warren Beatty asked ‘Do you f***?’
“From declaring her love to Vanessa Redgrave to being told to be quiet by the Queen, this book is packed with brilliant, hilarious stories.
“With a cast list stretching from Scorsese to Streisand, a cross-dressing Leonardo DiCaprio to Isaiah Berlin, This Much Is True is as warm and honest, as full of life and surprises, as its inimitable author.”
This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes, published by John Murray on September 16, £20. You can buy the book here.
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