Claire Danes

  • Aired:  03/01/12
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Claire Danes talks about her role as a bipolar CIA agent in her TV show "Homeland." (6:00)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, MY GUEST

TONIGHT PLAYS A BIPOLACIA

SECT IN THE SHOW HOMELAND.

THAT MEANS SHE'S BOTH GOOD

COP AND BAD COP.

PLEASE WELCOME CLAIRE DANES.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

HEY, CLAIRE, GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

COMING ON.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW YOUNG LADY, GOOD TO SEE

YOU AGAIN.

>> NICE TO SEE YOU TOO.

>> Stephen: LAST TIME YOU

WERE ON HERE IT WAS FOR

TEMPLE GRANDIN WHICH YOU

WENT ON TO WIN THE EMMY FOR,

CONGRATULATIONS.

>> WELL, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU ARE ON

HOMELAND, JUST WON THE

GOLDEN GLOBE FOR THAT.

>> I DID.

>> Stephen: THAT'S CALLED

THE COLBERT BUMP.

THAT'S THE DOUBLE BUMP, I

SWEAR, AFTER THIS INTERVIEW

NEXT YEAR YOU WILL BE THE

FIRST PERSON EVER TO WIN AN

OSCAR FOR A TV PERFORMANCE.

>> I BET THAT'S TRUE.

A TTRIBUTE ALL OF MY SUCCESS

TO YOU, FOR SURE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WISE, AT

LEAST IN THE NEXT SIX

MINUTES.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: NOW THIS SHOW,

HOMELAND, YOU PLAY A

CHARACTER WITH A PARTICULAR

SORT OF EMOTIONAL ISSUE.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

AND WE GOT A LITTLE CLIP

HERE.

JIMMY, CRACK US OFF A PIECE

OF ACTING RIGHT HERE.

>> IT IS WHAT I WANT.

>> AND BLUE IS WHAT I IS

AVAILABLE.

>> OKAY, GREEN IS IMPORTANT.

GREEN IS NECESSARY.

IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE IF IT

DIDN'T ISN'T GREEN AND IT IS

REALLY NOT AN UNREASONABLE

REQUEST.

OH, THANK GOD, MY GREEN PEN

IS DRY.

I ASKED FOUR, FIVE, SIX

TIMES FOR A NEW ONE BUT

THERE IS NO UNDERSTANDING.

THEY OFFER ME BLUE, BLACK, I

MEAN IS GREEN SO HARD.

IS GREEN ELUSIVE.

I MEAN MY KINGDOM FOR A

[BLEEP] GREEN PEN.

>> SHE SHOULD GO TO HER ROOM.

>> Stephen: YOU, YOU --

>> THAT'S NOT MY GREEN PEN S

IT.

>> Stephen: THIS IS NOT YOUR

GREEN PEN, ACTUALLY THIS IS

A BLUE PEN.

>> THAT'S PRETTY HOT, YOU

KNOW, IF I'M NOT GOING TO

GET A GREEN PEN I WOULD

SETTLE FOR THAT.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S WRONG

WITH HER.

>> SO MANY THINGS.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> SO MANY THINGS.

>> Stephen: I MEANS

THAT'S-- THAT'S SLIGHTLY

ERRATIC BEHAVIOR.

>> YES, SHE IS A LITTLE

UNHINGED IN THAT PARTICULAR

MOMENT.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS HER

ISSUE.

>> SHE IS BIPOLAR AND SHE'S

DONE A FAIRLY SUCCESSFUL JOB

OF KEEPING IT UNDER CONTROL,

TAMING IT.

SHE, HER SISTER IS A DOCTOR

SO SHE HAS BEEN KIND OF

GETTING MEDS ON THE SLY, BUT

SHE GETS, SHE-- .

>> Stephen: DOES IT HELP HER

IN ANY WAY.

>> NO, NO, IT HELPS, SHE IS

DOING WELL, UNTIL, UNTIL SHE

GETS BLOWN UP.

>> Stephen: BUT THAT-- THAT

TENDS TO TAKE A SPRING OUT

OF YOUR STEP.

>> NO, IT'S-- YEAH, SO THAT,

THAT UNDERMINED HER

SLIGHTLY.

AND SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED.

SHE WENT OFF OF HER MEDS AND

THEN THAT HAPPENS.

>> Stephen: SO IS IT ONE OF

THOSE, LIKE BEAUTIFUL MIND

THINGS WHERE YOU HAVE GOT A

LITTLE BIT OF A MENTAL

DEFICIT THAT LETS YOU

CONNECT THE DOTS.

>> IT IS LIKE THAT.

SHE DOES HAVE THESE

INCREDIBLE INSIGHTS BUT, AS

A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH BIPOLAR

CONDITIONS DO.

AND THEY WOULD HAVE JUST

BECOME A TANGLED MESS, ABOUT

HER COLLEAGUE, HELPS

ORGANIZE IT FOR HER.

SO IT IS ACTUALLY VERY

BEAUTIFUL.

>> Stephen: THE SOLVING

THESE KRIRMS.

>> YES, THEY WORK

COLLABORATIVELY.

>> Stephen: THE JOB HAS

GIVEN HER FOCUS TO STUDY THE

MANIA.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU

STUDY THIS.

SOME SAY I'M NOT AN ACTOR

BUT SOME ACKERS SAY THEY

HAVE TO FIND SOMETHING

WITHIN THEMSELVES THAT IS

LIKE THE CHARACTER IS THERE

ANYTHING IN YOU THAT IS

BIPOLAR?

AND THIS IS A SAFE, SAFE

SPACE, NONE OF THIS WILL BE

BROADCAST.

GO.

>> I REALLY, REALLY HOPE

NOT.

I REALLY, REALLY HOPE NOT.

SO FAR SO GOOD.

BUT NO, IT WAS-- IT IS MAKE

BELIEVE.

BUT NO, IT WAS FASCINATING

TO LEARN ABOUT.

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU, HOW

DO YOU LEARN ABOUT PIPE

BOMBERS AND CIA AT

THE-- BIPOLAR AND THE CIA AT

THE SAME TIME.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: THAT IS ONE OF

THE SIGN, ONE OF THE EARLY

SIGNS RIGHT THERE.

SO HOW DO YOU STUDY, LIKE

HOW DO YOU LEARN ABOUT THE

CIA.

>> WELL, I READ A LOT OF

BOOKS.

ACTUALLY MY BOOK CLUB

FRIENDS ARE HERE TONIGHT AND

I NEED TO SAY HI.

SPEAKING OF BOOKS.

I READ A LOT OF BOOKS.

WE READ AS A CLUB READ SOME

OF MY BOOKS, SO I READ, AND

I WORKED WITH A CIA OFFICER.

AND SHE, WE WENT ON A FIELD

TRIP TO LANGLEY WHICH WAS

SUPERCOOL.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: A FIELD TRIP.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WERE THERE

SNACKS.

WAS THERE ANYTHING, ANY

QUESTIONS BETWEEN BIPOLAR

BEHAVIOR AND SORT OF THE

INHERENT PARANOIA THAT IS

NECESSARY FOR SPY WORK.

>> WELL, I DON'T KNOW.

I THINK THAT LOOK, IT'S VERY

LONELY TO BE A CIA OFFICER

AND I THINK IT'S PROBABLY

QUITE LONELY TO BE BIPOLAR.

>> Stephen: CLAIRE, CLAIRE.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: IS IT LONELY TO

BE CLAIRE DANES?

(LAUGHTER)

AGAIN THIS IS A SAFE SPACE.

>> NO, NOT CRIPPLINGLY SO,

NOT YET.

>> Stephen: CAN I CRITICIZE

YOU FOR A SECOND.

>> YES, PLEASE.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW, THIS

SHOW AS FAR AS I CAN TELL,

12 EPISODES SO FAR.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: NO ENHANCED

INTERROGATION.

SO ENHANCED INTERROGATION.

THAT'S HOW THE CIA LEARNS

THINGS, THAT'S WHAT WE KNOW.

WHY, WHY, YOU ARE AN

ACTRESS.

DON'T YOU HAVE AN URGE TO

IMPRO ADVICE AND STUFF A WET

RAG IN SOMEONE'S MOUTH AT

ANY POINT.

>> I ACTUALLY LEARNED

THEY'RE NOT EVEN CALLED

INTERROGATIONS ANY MORE,

THEY'RE CALLED INTERVIEWS.

BECAUSE INTERROGATIONS IS

TOO PEJORATIVE.

>> Stephen: OH REALLY.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: THEY SHOULD CALL

THEM-- WELL, CLAIRE DANES,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

CLAIRE DANES, HOMELAND, ON

SHOWTIME, CHECK IT OUT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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