Danes opts for Homeland drama
Danes (pictured) walked away from the chance to team up with her Romeo + Juliet co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for 2011’s J. Edgar to take the lead in US TV smash Homeland. The actress auditioned for the role of secretary Helen Gandy in the movie about former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover on the same weekend she was offered the opportunity to play CIA officer Carrie Mathison. She opted for the TV drama because the part was so ‘‘compelling’’. Danes has signed up for seven seasons of Homeland.