It’s an incredibly rare thing for an actor to land a role that becomes something of a cultural touchstone and later, a symbol of the times. Most actors find such a thing to be a mixed blessing at best when it happens once; because while it’s gratifying to do work that resonates that strongly with people, it’s a heavy stone around their necks for the rest of their careers; a role they will either spend their time living up to or playing down as the years go by. But when an actor manages to do this twice, then all questions of living up or playing down are cast aside, because she’s proven herself to be someone who both chooses roles well and plays them so well that people can’t shut up about them.
In other words, Angela Chase was the role Claire had to live up to or play down because she became a symbol to people of her generation, but when Carrie Mathison became just as much a cultural marker (and equally a symbol; this time of our tense, anxious, paranoid, almost literally terror-filled 21stC lives), it became obvious that we were looking at a very smart, very talented actress; not someone who just lucked into a good role.
And while a surveillance-state themed Vogue editorial almost sounds too parodic to parody, we can’t deny it works really, really well. That van shot is sexy as hell, although we question the idea of a federal agent wearing an open-backed Calvin Klein cocktail dress to an interrogation room.
“Homeland” star Claire Danes covers the August 2013 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
On her mentors: “I’ve had conversations with them. Meryl, Susan Sarandon, Jodie Foster…You have to pick your battles on set. You have to come to work from a place of love. You have to stay hydrated when you have crying scenes. You have to go to college. And you have to ask for money because there’s always more money and they won’t give it to you because you’re a girl!”
On acting: “I like reading novels because it provides insight into human behavior. I am really interested in feelings and think they are what define us as a species. When you really get it right in acting, it’s an act of empathy. You feel less distant from others, and that is really exciting.”
On whether “Homeland” has changed the way she sees the world: “Not really. I think growing up in New York in a very liberal environment, I confused jingoism with patriotism, and that mistake has been corrected as I’ve reconsidered what the potential cost of serving our country can be, but I don’t think I’ve become more of a political beast.”
Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Karmen Pedaru
Victoria Beckham Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Magdalena Frackowiak
Calvin Klein Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Carolyn Murphy