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Published On: Wed, Nov 6th, 2013

Claire Danes explains ‘aging’ with Carrie in ‘Homeland’ season 3 and beyond

While Showtime’s hit show Homeland cruises along in its third season, star Claire Danes explained how much the series has changed her.

Talking with Dustin Hoffman in an interview for Interview Magazine, Danes explains how My So Called Life didn’t much with playing Carrie.

"Homeland" star Claire Danes on the cover of the February 2013 Elle magazine

“Homeland” star Claire Danes on the cover of the February 2013 Elle magazine

“I’d actually only done one series before Homeland—and I was 14 when I did it, and we only made 19 episodes—so Homeland has really been my first time aging with a character and experiencing her develop and change. I know that this is not an uncommon story, but I got excited again about television from watching The Wire. That show blew me away; I just could not believe how enormous and layered this world was that they’d created, and how deeply I could delve into it. It was just so thrilling to watch a show like that as an audience member that I became interested in getting involved in something like that on the other side, as a performer.”

She then explains how beneficial the Showtime show has been.

“…But working on Homeland has been very rewarding. I really enjoy the relationship that an actor has with a team of writers on a show like ours. It’s a very intimate process. You really have to work in tandem.”

Fans may think the actors contribute a lot to the stories or do some “co-writing” as Hoffman implies.

“Well, there’s no way that I could spin the kinds of stories that our writers spin—I’m always dazzled by their imaginations. But it becomes a conversation because the writers are writing for you, and you are interpreting what they write, and then they riff on what you’re doing, and on and on it goes. The writers start writing for you, which maybe was more common in film a long time ago, when there were these auteurs who had these communities of actors around them that they built over time and created little cultures around. But there’s something so wonderful about that shorthand, that intimacy, and that kind of an economy that develops.”

Check out the full interview here

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