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Claire Danes Covers ‘Capitol File’ May/June 2012

Stunning Claire Danes lands on the cover of ‘Capitol File’ May/June 2012 and we should note that she looks absolutely breathtaking in all those photos. In the accompanying interview with the magazine, the beautiful 32-year-old actress talks about studying espionage and bipolar personality disorder for her role, her cast mates, her temporary home and filming in Charlotte, North Carolina. Take a look at some of the highlights from the interview and learn more about your favorite star below!

Danes, who has studied at Yale for two years, says jokingly in the cover story that as a native New Yorker, “I’ve been in therapy forever — I’m an armchair therapist at the very least.” And then, more seriously, she adds, “Acting and psychology are not unrelated. They’re both examinations of the human spirit…. I’m really curious as to how people work, particularly people with certain conditions that make them different to the rest of us.”
She defines Carrie’s bipolar condition as erraticism. “You can get some traction, but you’re always on undulating ground. Most people can afford to be more casual in general, but there’s a potential bomb inside Carrie, and she has to be hyper-vigilant,” she said in the interview.
Claire states that she’s not “particularly political”, however before the filming of “Homeland” began, she went to CIA headquarters at Langley, where a senior female officer organized a discussion for her. “It was pretty amazing — they answered all my questions really honestly and directly. It is just such a fascinating culture and career,” she says. “These are people who’ve dedicated their lives to doing this work. It’s very demanding and high risk and isolating, and, therefore, often quite lonely. And they can’t really talk about it with anyone, so there is not a lot of support.”

Talking about her cast mates, Danes said that: “I adore everybody I work with. But it’s very intense; we’re not whistling while we work.” She described Patinkin as difficult to work with on past projects, although he is “just dreamy,” she says. “I’m in constant awe of what he can do. And if I’m nervous about a scene or I think it’s particularly tricky, I just trust that he’ll see me through. He’s a very strong partner.”
Now the actress temporarily resided in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she’ll be back with the cast of the Homeland to begin a new season of filming. On this she told the magazine that, “It’s beautiful, and the people are almost unnervingly friendly. They have a kind of graciousness that I really appreciate.” And there is, she adds, “a great fried chicken joint” three blocks from home. “There’s a lot to be said for the Southern way.”

Photos courtesy of Capitol File

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