Danes plays dedicated CIA officer Carrie Mathison on Showtime's "Homeland." / Ronen Akerman, Showtime
Emmy-winning actress Claire Danes, 32, admits she “was a little resistant” to the idea of starring in the thriller TV series Homeland (Sundays, 10 p.m. ET, Showtime). After all, it has been 17 years since she worked a regular gig on the acclaimed TV drama My So-Called Life.
“But [Homeland] is so annoyingly good I couldn’t ignore it,” Danes says. The actress plays a bipolar CIA officer suspicious of a recently rescued American POW. We asked her more:
Kicking butt (on TV):
“I can fake it. I think it’s best that I’m not actually protecting the country. I’m just barely appropriate to play that on television.”
Shopping for midcentury furniture on eBay:
“I tend to see what they’re offering up in that area. I leave feedback.”
Just hanging out:
“I’m not dissimilar to most people. I like to eat good food, take hikes, go to art galleries and see movies.”
Words with Friends. “I’m a convert.”
Watching TV on DVD:
Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored to Death
Books on the CIA or bipolar disorder, like her Homeland character has: A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World [Susanne Antonetta]; The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story [Robert Baer and Dayna Baer]
Her new show is filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina. She brings her dog, a Schnoodle, a Schnauzer Poodle mix, to make it feel like home.