TV Fact #172 – April 14th, 2015:

Actress Claire Danes has earned universal acclaim for the role of Carrie Mathison on the show “Homeland” (2011-Present). She had a lot of respect of the character from day one and put the work in to show it too.

To prepare for her role in the series, Claire Danes met with CIA officers. She also watched videos made by bi-polar disorder patients and consulted with author Julie Fast who suffers from the same disorder. Also, some of the photographs that are interspersed of the character Carrie, originally named “Claire” when she was first written for the show until Danes accepted the part, over the course of the opening credits sequence are actual pictures of Claire Danes as a young girl.

Danes stated in an interview that series writer Meredith Stiehm was deeply involved in writing the character of Carrie, not only because Stiehm was the only female writer on the show but also because Stiehm’s sister suffers from Bipolar disease. Interestingly enough, the character of Carrie wasn’t originally written to have bipolar disorder in the first draft of the script. Her disorder was also added after Danes was cast and by expressed desire of Showtime.

What does this say other than Danes impacting dedication to the show and her ability to convey a rather unique and emotionally tragic character? How many Emmy’s does she have from this show? I lost track awhile ago.

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