Claire Danes has bagged the cover of this month's US Vogue - or is that Carrie Mathison? The Homeland actress is trussed up in true Carrie style, wearing a trench coat on the cover while the shoot, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, sees her posing with Brody Damian Lewis for a high-fashion take on the TV show's greatest moments. She looks divine in Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Manolo Blahnik creations without a dull grey suit in sight. The images are accompanied by a probing interview with the former Angela Chase and the current Carrie Mathison, which reveals the joys of being a mum-slash-actress and how she almost became an interior designer. Here are the ten things we've learnt from her chat...
1) She Was A Precocious Child
She wanted to act from an early age. When she was 9 she told her parents: “Money or no money, I have to act. There’s no plan B. that’s it.’” By 14 she was in My So-Called Life. Score!
2) She Had Mixed Feeling About Missing Out On High School
“I remember feeling soooo lonely, seeing all the kids with bag lunches, gossiping and being nervous and clearly they’d been studying together,” she says about missing high school.
3) She Approached Her Terminator Role With Gusto
“I had been doing all these creatively ambitious, gentle, exploratory, unorthodox projects. And I thought, ‘Do you want a big, honkin’ summer-blockbustery thing and to shoot a machine gun? Ok!'”
4) She And Hugh Dancy Bonded Over Their Roles
Claire had just played the autistic doctor of animal science Temple Grandin, and Hugh Dancy had just played a man with Asperger’s syndrome in Adam. “We were both on the cover of Spectrum magazine in one year,” she said.
5) She Almost Quit Acting
Although Claire won a heap of awards for Temple Grandin (including an Emmy), it didn’t translate into acting roles. “I was stuck," she said. "I got a lot of plaudits and it didn’t translate into more work. I was really, really struggling during that time. 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.’”
6) She Nearly Had A Romeo + Juliet Reunion
Instead of taking the part on Homeland, Claire almost took a role as Hoover’s secretary in J.Edgar opposite her former co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. “I was like, ‘Do I want to play the secretary to the boss man or do I want to be the boss man? I want to be the boss man.”
7) She Wasn’t Sure About Accepting The Role Of Carrie
She asked herself, ‘Do I want to play this toxic person for that long?'”
8)…But She Became Convinced
“When I read the script, the writing was so good and the cliffhanger was amazing.”
9) She Loves Playing Carrie
Claire says, “(Carrie) 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. “
10) The Best Night Of Her Life Was When She Met Obama
Just after she had her baby Cyrus, Claire went to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner where she met President Obama (a big fan of Homeland). But she felt awkward in her post-pregnancy body. “I had these new boobs; I’m wearing a big Jessica Rabbit dress, and I’d been living in sweat pants for so long…It was strange. It was dreamy, surrounded by my parents and my husband. It was one of the best nights of my life because of this perfect mash –up.”