Though her alter-ego, Angela Chase, seemed at times tortured in the learning environment of "My So-Called Life," Claire Danes had no such issues. She was 17 and had finished filming "Romeo + Juliet" with baby-faced co-star Leonardo DiCaprio when she left Hollywood for Yale University in 1999. "I was told that my going to college wouldn't be good for my career," Danes said. "I think that's nonsense. It's good to empower yourself by cutting yourself off from this business every once in a while." Danes majored in psychology, but returned to acting after two years, without a diploma.