Claire Danes: Carrie feels like a real person to me

The 34-year-old star of hit US drama Homeland has she she has "good chemistry" with her character Carrie Mathison who feels like "an actual person"

Claire Danes, the actress who plays Carrie Mathison in hit US drama Homeland, has said her character feels like “an actual person.”

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The 34-year-old star, who plays the series’ troubled lead opposite British actor Damian Lewis, added: “[Carrie]’s not shy. She makes herself known. It might sounds pretentious to talk about a character as if she’s an actual person, but I feel that way.

“I have good chemistry with her. We have a good time together,” she said in her interview with US Vogue this month. “She is so much smarter than I am, and it’s really fun to play someone that smart. She has this confidence, and she’s also a wreck.”

American actress Danes plays a CIA agent who stuggles with bipolar disorder as well as a troubled personal life. The last series saw her embark on a relationship with former marine turned terrorist Sgt Brody (Lewis) before he was framed for a fatal explosion and was forced to go on the run in the season finale.

Danes also opened up about how she prepares to play Carrie, saying: “A lot of people with bipolar disorder record themselves when they are up in the middle of the night and need to talk. I flip through those.”

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Homeland returns to American network Showtime for its third season in September.