Ann's love for Harris will change her life, and those of her daughters, forever.
We were both on the floor and I was playing with her schnoodle.
"Even English actors can get it wrong so it's really a challenge."Stars far more experienced than Danes have come a cropper making misjudged attempts at foreign accents, but making her Broadway debut in cockney is clearly a risk Danes is relishing."I'm not doing Pygmalion for the money," she laughs.
"My shoe collection is not going to be terribly improved, but I am so excited and I feel very flattered that they think I'm worthy of the task. It's a beautifully written play and I think that when I waver and falter, which I invariably will - every actor does over a long run - I'll be able to fall back on the strength of the material so I'll gain some security from that. Of course I am."It is hard to imagine the beautiful, self-possessed actress ever doubting her abilities, but she insists that she had an attack of nerves prior to filming Evening.
season three has been released showing a first look at its unrecognisable cast members Ewan Mc Gregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The schnoodle - named Weegee and created, Danes explained, by crossing a schnauzer with a poodle - was demonstrating an insatiable appetite for chasing tennis balls across the carpet.
It made for an entertaining but not very productive interview.
Both are bedside when Ann calls out for the man she loved more than any other.
But who is this "Harris," wonder her daughters, and what is he to our mother?