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Fall TV: Claire Danes is on dangerous ground in 'Homeland'

September 9, 2011 | 12:12 pm

Claire Danes was one of the most notable Emmy Award winners last  year for her uncanny portrayal of autistic scholar and animal behavior expert Temple Grandin in HBO's "Temple Grandin." The role showed a more adult side of the actress who first came to prominance as a teenager in the groundbreaking drama "My So-Called Life."

But Danes is displaying more edge in her new role as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Showtime's new drama "Homeland." Mathison has suspicions that a rescued POW who returns as a war hero may be a terrorist planning an attack. However, the agent is battling her own personal demons, and she could very well be wrong.

"She's not immediately likable, she's extremly exacting of herself and others," Danes said. "Carrie is really struggling, and I think she's doing it valiantly."

For more on Danes and "Homeland," read here.


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Photo: Claire Danes. Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.