Claire Danes has admitted that she was concerned about playing agent Carrie Mathison on Homeland.
Speaking to the LA Times, Danes said that she found the first season “exhausting”:
“The pitch she’s on is so high, and to maintain that hyper-vigilance is exhausting,” says the actress. “But it’s fun. I like her — she’s smarter than I am, and definitely more bad-ass than I am. It’s fun to wear her cape.”
Danes admits she had her doubts about being able to sustain the intensity of Carrie over multiple seasons:
“I wasn’t sure about sustaining that level [..] for possibly seven years; I was unsure if it was almost too relevant and would be exploitational and confronting and too distressing — but, ultimately, I had not encountered a character that was so dynamic and specific for a very long time.”
Things look set to get even more intense for Carrie in Season 2 as the intrepid agent embarks on an “emotional” journey which leads her to Beirut in search of a piece of intelligence that only she can obtain.
Homeland returns September 30 on Showtime.