Is there such a thing as haute toplessness? Yes, there definitely is, and Claire Danes is the latest to master the art. However, thrilling as it is, that's probably the least exciting thing about her latest appearance in Interview, in conversation with Dustin Hoffman.
We don't have to tell you that she's bright, down-to-earth, fun, interesting, lovable — basically everything you want in a pretend best friend. That's old news. Instead, we'll let you know that she also loves The Wire, and then go on to focus on a few enthralling tidbits about Homeland and the two characters who have consumed the last few years of her life: Carrie Mathison, and her son, Cyrus.
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The show benefits from an intimate process between actors and writers, each one riffing off the other, in a symbiosis that Danes says is not unlike a long-gone age of cinema, "when there were these auteurs who had these communities of actors around them that they built over time and created little cultures around."
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Working eight days per episode, sometimes 12-15 hours a day but sometimes less, she and her castmates know each other well and work together seamlessly. "It becomes cellular, which is such a huge luxury. I know Mandy [Patinkin]'s process — I know his music and how to run and to play with it...It's like being in a marriage." Funny, we feel the same way, even though we're just watching.
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Danes says she has found a connection with a character who, at first, seemed intensely foreign to her. And, as we always imagined, it's not easy playing someone so intense. She says the more euphoric manias of the first season are actually quite fun to act out, even providing a sort of "contact high," but the emotional, aggravated manic moments we're seeing these days are no picnic.
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As it turns out, the living roller coaster that is Carrie Mathison wasn't always that way — at least, not medically speaking. Apparently, the writers had written a bipolar character without diagnosing her as such, and officially labeling her "was a suggestion that came from Showtime because Carrie was already a fairly exaggerated, edgy person." They certainly hit that nail on the head.