Danes a bipo­lar ex­plorer

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CLAIRE Danes did bipo­lar home­work to pre­pare for her role in the hit US drama Home­land. The blonde ac­tress is re­turn­ing as CIA agent Car­rie Mathison in the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated third sea­son of the award-win­ning TV show.

Through­out the first two se­ries au­di­ences watched her al­ter ego strug­gle with a manic-de­pres­sive dis­or­der and em­bark on a love af­fair with for­mer sol­dier and po­ten­tial ter­ror­ist Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis.

In or­der to get back into the mind­set of trou­bled Car­rie, Claire turned to the in­ter­net to help get back into char­ac­ter.

‘‘Last sea­son she was pretty sta­ble, so I did have to brush up on my bipo­lar home­work. So I read some more books this year. I found that the most valu­able re­source is YouTube videos,’’ she tells En­ter­tain­ment Weekly.

‘‘There are a lot of blogs kept by peo­ple with the con­di­tion and they are of­ten talk­ing di­rectly to the cam­era in hy­po­manic states – ob­serv­ing them is re­ally, re­ally help­ful.’’

The in­tense role has led to Danes be­ing nom­i­nated for the 2013 Out­stand­ing Lead Ac­tress in a Drama Emmy Award, which she won last year.

Al­though the 34-year-old star, who has son Cyrus with her hus­band Hugh Dancy, finds pre­par­ing for film­ing emo­tional af­ter watch­ing var­i­ous videos on­line, she en­joys the chal­lenge.

‘‘I kind of binge on those YouTube videos be­fore I go to work and kind of reac­quaint my­self with that state of be­ing and I’m very moved by what that is like, the strug­gle they have to go (through). But it’s fun,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s not very of­ten we get to play such ex­treme states of be­ing.’’

Home­land: Mon­days from Septem­ber 20, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis star in Home­land.

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