Claire talked to Cindy Adams from Page Six about playing a therapist – and also going to therapy. Read it below.

I interviewed a bear. No real grizzly or Gobi. A human inside Stupid Brain Costume Shop’s fuzzy off-white suit. This polar species is in “Brigsby Bear” with real-life star Claire Danes.

Claire: “My part in the movie’s to encourage an innocent young man with imagination to accept reality. He’s created his own world. An imaginary role for himself with an attachment to this make-believe bear. I have no scenes with it, so you might say I’m anti-bear. I play the man’s therapist.”
What’s someone in pink stilettos and backless armless Prada know about playing a therapist?

“Oh, please. You kidding? Of course I know about therapy. I’m a New Yorker. Everybody’s in therapy. My best friends. My childhood chum’s a therapist. At birth, as I left the hospital I went into therapy.”

“I’ve been working steadily so now it’s time to be just a wife, a mom and an average person at home. Nice for awhile to even not be catered to excessively. My 4 ¹/₂-year-old’s grown up on sets. He’s even been on this set with me.”

Back to the bear and his (her?) handler: “Max time inside the suit’s two hours. Plus handling liquids before and after since you can’t pee or drink while in it. You can’t even release your arms for a snack. You can’t get that suit wet or dirty. Lunch needs the suit’s full removal.”

“On set, the bear guy was one same professional stuntman throughout. You can’t pinhole the costume’s eyes for vision because cameras and lights would pick that up. So inside he can’t see. Can’t hear. Handlers were with him at all times.”

“The outfit’s animatronic. Face movements, mesh mouth, eyebrows, lids react. Controlled animatronically. A Bluetooth headset and microphone’s inside, so the outside person talks to the bear person, who reacts in an exact replica of the action required.”

Some reporters get one-on-ones with gorgeous George Clooney or handsome Jon Hamm. My luck — I interview a friggin’ Kodiak inside a fuzzy Dr. Denton’s.


I just came across a new interview of Claire for Entertainment Tonight, which was released about a week ago as part of their series about this year’s Primetime Emmy contenders. You can read it below.

Never a stranger to tackling hot-button topics and explosive political situations, the Showtime drama Homeland found itself in the middle of a real-life plot twist so good it was impossible to ignore — the 2016 presidential election and its cultural and political aftermath.

While in the middle of the series’ sixth season, showrunner Alex Gansa began writing new scripts and retrofitting scenes into already shot episodes that reflected America’s current political climate, placing a greater burden on the series’ star, Claire Danes, in her role as Carrie Mathison.

“The onus is on the writers to make the show as relevant and reflective of what’s happening as possible. I’m interpreting their work, so it’s fun for me,” Danes tells ET, explaining that it’s the actor’s responsibility to be flexible and responsive to the ever-changing nature of their work. “That’s true of television in general; you’re airing as you’re filming, as you’re writing. It’s all happening simultaneously. You have to rely on your experience and your reflexes and your technique, but also your intuition. I think you just have to do it and pray that it’s working.”

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Claire and her Homeland co-star Mandy Patinkin have recently talked to Deadline about the additional resonance the show has taken on post-Trump, and their hopes for the series as it heads into its final two seasons. A new portrait was released with their interview, and you will find it in our photo gallery.

What were your first impressions when you read the scripts for Season 6?

Claire Danes: It’s interesting, because the writers started trying to anticipate what the outcome would be on Election Day, and what fate would be determined. They did an extraordinary job of creating a format that would sustain us throughout this period. We were waiting, and at the midway point [of production], Trump was elected, and suddenly, the themes became very clear, and they pursued that. I think the season just collected momentum and strength as it went along. I marvel at their ability to surf these phenomena as they’re occurring, almost in real time.

I imagine a good deal of the arc must have been outlined before you began shooting the season.

Danes: Yeah, they have a pretty sound sense of how we’re going to start, but invariably, they get outpaced by filming, and they end up writing as we film. It’s a high wire act.

Mandy Patinkin: They stay fairly flexible, and it is fluid. They certainly have a clear structure, where Claire would be working, the nature of her job, and defending this young man, and what would happen to the young man. But then, as the world around us changed very quickly, they went with the world, not with previous conceptions…

Danes: …Adapted to that tack.

Patinkin: Yeah. I like that way of not having everything in front of us.

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Claire was on CBS This Morning yesterday to talk about the upcoming season of HOMELAND, which premieres this Sunday, January 15, 2017. About Carrie’s mental state, Claire said “We find her well medicated this season, but there’s still plenty of chaos in her life”. She also talks about Carrie’s relationship with Peter Quinn, stating that she doesn’t believe they were ever to be “romantically linked”, and that they are too similar to one another. Watch the video below.


Claire is on the cover of the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar! She talks about the upcoming season of HOMELAND, which starts on January 19, and the current political situation of the world. The full interview by Elizabeth Day is on the issue, out on the 4th of January.

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As she returns in the thrilling new series of Homeland – which is set in New York, in the run-up to the presidential inauguration – Claire Danes discusses the febrile phenomenon of Donald Trump, the feverish state of modern politics, and the powerful intensity of her role as a brilliant bipolar CIA agent in the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

“I do think that England and America are so closely affiliated that it’s not terribly surprising there’s this parallel phenomenon occurring between our two countries,” Danes says. “The Brexit and Trump phenomena are informed by similar forces and social and economic movements. I think it’s been really stressful; it’s been really scary. I think we’re in a fever state and we’re all really anxious about how we’ve gotten here and why we’ve gotten here.”

In fact, the sixth season of Homeland, which Danes is currently filming, features a female president-elect “who is kind of a composite of the two major candidates of this election: some of Clinton and maybe the smallest dash of Trump. She has the kind of tenacity of Hillary but is a little rogue and more intensely liberal.”

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The ‘promotion’ for PBS’s art series ‘Art21’, which Claire will be hosting this season, has begun. W Magazine has recently talked to her about her culture diet – books, TV shows, movies, songs and more.

PBS’s much beloved art series “Art21” is getting a makeover this season, shifting its focus to the cities artists live in. Plus it’s adding some Hollywood star power with a new host, Claire Danes. The actress got into the art world early on growing up in Soho with two artist parents, and in between filming “Homeland” and raising her three-year old son in Brooklyn, she found time to get to know the Chicago, L.A., Mexico, and Vancouver scenes too – not to mention names like Nick Cave, Barbara Kasten, and Theaster Gates for the new season of “Art21.” Get a taste of her taste before the season premiere next Friday in her culture diet, here.

First thing you read in the morning:
First thing I read is the weather. Then the Times’ Morning Briefing on my phone. Oh, and my lines for the day. Best to cram ’em in right before bed and first thing in the a.m.

Books on your bedside table right now:
Love’s Executioner: & Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom, The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn, and an alarming stack of home décor magazines.

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The official Charlie Rose youtube channel has uploaded a clip from Claire’s recent interview, in talks about her character Carrie Mathison and what fans of the Showtime series “Homeland” can expect from season 5.


A few videos of Claire’s interview for Howard Stern were posted to the show’s official youtube channel. She talks about being contractually obliged for 7 seasons of ‘Homeland’, being validated after winning an award and people she would like to work with. You can watch the videos below, and we have also added a transcript of the interview under the cut – thanks to MarksFriggin.com!

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