Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Danes considered career change

Claire Danes struggled to find good roles after playing Temple Grandin

Claire Danes has admitted she considered quitting acting before landing her Homeland role.

The 34-year-old actress didn't work for two years after starring in the 2010 biopic Temple Grandin - which earned her an Emmy and Golden Globe - because she couldn't find a good part. She said in Vogue's August issue that she couldn't just take any role after playing the character, an activist for autistic people and animal rights.

"I was stuck," she said. "It was confusing. I got a lot of plaudits, and it didn't translate into more work. I was really, really struggling during that time."

She went on: "It was grim. I was very hurt. Two years of not working was brutal. And a point came where I thought, 'I really like interior design'. Someone suggested, 'Maybe your real success is in your personal life'."

While she was offered parts, Claire said that after Temple she "couldn't play dinky - you know, the girl".

However, the star went on to land the role of Carrie Mathison on Homeland, which has earned her an Emmy and two Golden Globes.

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