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Claire Danes: Postnatal part was problematic

Published 01/10/2015

Claire Danes
Claire Danes

Homeland star Claire Danes talks about the struggles of playing bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Homeland.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as it coincided with her becoming a mother for the first time.

The 36-year-old star has landed the biggest role to date in the form of bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison in the hit programme. In the last series Carrie was adjusting to life as a mother after an affair with married soldier Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) left her pregnant.

Around the time, Claire had welcomed her own little bundle of joy, son Cyrus, into the world with husband Hugh Dancy.

"It wasn't great, especially when I had a child the same age," she told Britain's Marie Claire magazine on portraying a character with postnatal depression. "And I am far from having murderous feelings about a child, but I know the complexity of what it is to be a mum, even when everything's going well.

"There is a resistance and there is resentment even if you're not in postpartum agony."

Luckily it didn't affect her relationship with her little boy, now three years old. It also helped that Claire had spouse Hugh to support her through the difficult filming. The couple met on the set of 2007 movie Evening and tied the knot in 2009.

"I can be much more omnivorous and daring in my career if I feel safe," Claire added. "I'm lucky that Hugh and I both want that kind of experience. We are very interested in what it is to be married and we love each other."

Things became even more intense for Claire's Homeland alter ego when Brody was hung at the end of the third season. The blonde beauty admits she found it "scary" continuing without him, but had to go on.

"I knew that taking it on was possible, but I really, really missed and continue to miss (Damian)," she sighed.

"He's very charming and a bit of a cut-up. I don't have the same rah-rah spirit on set, which I'm always embarrassed about."

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