Poor Claire Danes, she feels the angst of her character (Carrie Mathison) so thoroughly that it is really beginning to show on the actress’ face, which is becoming exceedingly more haggard from season to season. It is this very commitment to the story that Danes excels in and which is definitely one of the factors that keeps Homeland sharp and interesting, and very, very tense. Are there any chances of the show slowing down, slipping ratings, viewers’ waning interest, any cancellation rumors? No, it looks like #Homeland is sure to return for a 6th season.
However, it must be noted that reviewers’ analysis of the show has been up and down, the show disappoints one episode and entertains the next, this has always been the trajectory of the show, but it constantly manages to redeem itself, notably before it loses viewers.
Danes’ portrayal of a bi-polar-savant CIA analyst has gained her a number of awards including a Golden Globe in 2013 for ‘Best Performance by an actress in a Television Series-Drama’, as well as a Golden Globe in the same category for the previous year. President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr and even Secretary of #Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson have admitted to being fans of the show. No wonder, since @Homeland draws directly on the political strife occurring in the world at the time of the creation of the series.
Danes (36) was well known in the late nineties by adolescents for her role as Angela Chase on the highly popular My So Called Life (1994-1995). Many thirty-somethings who were teenagers at the time recognized themselves in her depiction of a self-conscious, vulnerable and impressionable teenager as she battled through the troubles of adolescents and identity formation. My So Called Life was a beacon of realism for plaid wearing, Smashing Pumpkins listening, sensitive teenagers of the grunge era who didn’t associate with the clean, perky Britney Spears depictions of teenagers so popular in media at the time. This fragility turned out to be Danes’ strength and landed her a role in Baz Lurhman’s Romeo and Juliet (1996), while her palpable anxiety earned her the lead in the TV biopic Temple Grandin (2010), as an autistic and sought after animal behaviorist.
This is Danes’ gift, to portray delicate, harrowed women, who’s psychological troubles allow them an edge that leads to their brilliance. Danes is able to deliver these performances with an intense vulnerability but also restraint, not making the disorder the focus of the character, but just one more obstacle that they face. Perhaps the actress draws on anxiety from her school days when she and Morena Baccarin (who plays Jessica Brody, wife to Nicholas Brody on @Homeland) were picked on by the same bully.
Danes is so well known for her furrowed, worried, intense face that some have referred to weeping as a ‘Claire Danes Cry’, complete with crumpled chin. “It just so happens that feeling registers strongly and clearly on my face. It’s not anything I’ve honed.” The actress has stated about her emotional acting. “But I learned on the job. I’m a professional empath.” But, like many who struggle with a lifelong illness or mental disorder, it does begin to show on your face and this is unfortunately the reality
On the subject of Mathison not being able to let herself experience intimacy with another due to her fear of hurting them, Danes admits to thinking of her character as being a lot like Edward Scissorhands.
Will you continue watching Homeland if it is renewed for a 6th Season or do you feel that it is time to begin wrapping up this series?