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Claire Danes hopes Homeland character 'gets some relief'

Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Famed for playing Carrie Mathison in popular American TV drama Homeland, actress Claire Danes has revealed she would love her character to have a "break" from all the hardships she faces. Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, the 37-year-old admitted she would like Carrie to get some relief soon - even if it's for just one episode in the upcoming seasons. "I'm always hoping for a little relief for Carrie," she confessed. "There's lots of crying but there is a lot of reasons for her to cry."

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She jokingly added: "I just would like her to be play Monopoly… just some domestic bliss for her. I think she's earnt that, you could give that to her." The Hollywood star, who is married to fellow actor Hugh Dancy, also revealed how each year the creators of the hit show take the stars and crew to Georgetown for a week to do background for their series. They are given the chance to interview "all these characters within the clandestine services". She explained: "It's incredibly useful as you might imagine."

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Claire's role as bipolar ex-CIA Counterterrorism officer Carrie on Homeland is perhaps the actress' most notable role, and has earned her two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. Homeland, which is based on Gideon Raff's Israeli drama series Prisoners Of War, was first released in 2011. The show is now on its sixth series and also stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Elizabeth Marvel.


Claire Danes has said she hopes her character on Homeland 'gets some relief'

In 2015, Claire opened up about the challenges she faced playing a character who suffers from postnatal depression, given the fact she's a mother to a young child herself. She told Marie Claire magazine: "It wasn't great, especially when I had a child the same age. And I am far from having murderous feelings about a child, but I know the complexity of what it is to be a mum, even when everything's going well. There is a resistance and there is resentment even if you're not in postpartum agony." The American star - who has a young son called Cyrus with husband Hugh - also described postpartum depression as "one of the last remaining taboos".

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