Mis­tress of dis­guise

For Claire Danes, act­ing has par­al­lels with spy­ing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SUNDAY EXTRA -

CLAIRE Danes says be­ing an ac­tor is like spy­ing. The ac­tress por­trays CIA agent Carrie Mathi­son in US TV show Home­land, which re­turns to Chan­nel 10 on Sun­day week.

Danes re­searched a great deal for the role, in­clud­ing spend­ing time with real gov­ern­ment work­ers. She was sur­prised how much she had in com­mon with them.

‘‘I was just struck by the fact that these spies do re­ally spy-y things I mean, in some ways – this seems a lit­tle pre­sump­tu­ous and it’s not en­tirely ac­cu­rate – but ac­tors and CIA agents are (both) mi­gra­tory and as­sume dif­fer­ent roles’’ she tells The Ob­server.

‘‘It’s very hard to main­tain re­la­tion­ships when you are hav­ing to con­ceal so much. They of­ten marry each other – kind of like ac­tors. I mean, who else is gonna get it?’’

Danes is ex­pect­ing her first baby with her hus­band Hugh Dancy and it’s got her rem­i­nisc­ing about her life. She is pleased she doesn’t take things so se­ri­ously any more.

‘‘For a long time I was play­ing at be­ing a grown-up and it was a slightly con­fused idea of what that meant,’’ she says.

‘‘Now I kind of re­alise that the grown-ups never re­ally knew what they were do­ing, and that’s OK.’’

Sun­days from Oc­to­ber 14, Ten, Ten SC.

star Claire Danes.

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