Mary-Louise Parker: Clare Danes On Stealing Then Pregnant Parker's Boyfriend Billy Crudup

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It came as a shock when Mary-Louise Parker, who was seven months pregnant at the time in 2003, learned that the father of her child, Billy Crudup, was leaving her for Clare Danes, whom he met on the set of their film, Stage Beauty.

In an interview with Howard Stern, Danes, 36, opened up about her controversial relationship with Crudup and whether she regrets it.

The Homeland actress said the public backlash over the romance was difficult.

"That was a scary thing," said Danes. "That was really hard. I didn’t know how to not do that. I was just in love with him and needed to explore that and I was 24... I didn’t quite know what those consequences would be."

Danes and the 47-year-old Almost Famous actor remained in a relationship for four years until she moved on with her future husband, Hugh Dancy.

Danes said she is good with what transpired with Crudup.

"But it’s okay. I went through it,” said Danes, adding that they remain friends today.

"We’re friendly, we’re friends."

As for the Weeds actress, who has said little about the affair over the years, will likely address her feelings about that time in her life in her upcoming memoir, Dear Mr. You.

Set to hit shelves on Nov. 10, the book will include a series of letters Mary-Louise Parker wrote to the men in her life — undoubtedly, among them, Crudup, the father of her 11-year-old son William.

Pam Wright