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Claire Danes‘s Carrie Mathison will no longer be a CIA agent when the next season of “Homeland” returns this fall, but from the latest casting news to come out of Showtime, it sounds like our favorite bipolar operative will find her way back into the fold sooner or later.

The cable network has announced four new series regulars for the spy drama’s coming fifth outing, which will be set in Berlin, two years after the fourth season (and Carrie’s stint as Islamabad station chief) ended. Miranda Otto (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) plays Berlin CIA chief of station Allison Carr, who reports directly to Carrie’s mentor, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).

Sebastian Koch (“The Lives of Others“) is Otto Düring, Carrie’s German-philanthropist boss. Sarah Sokolovic (“Cold Comes the Night“) is Laura Sutton, an American journalist in Berlin. Alexander Fehling (“Inglourious Basterds“), in the most interesting casting of all, is Jonas Happich, legal counsel for the Düring Foundation – and Carrie’s new boyfriend.

In addition to Danes and Patinkin, Showtime has also confirmed the return of series stars Rupert Friend (Peter Quinn) and F. Murray Abraham (Dar Adal) for the fifth season.

“Homeland” begins production in Berlin today as the first American TV series to shoot entirely in Germany. When the show returns to Showtime in the fall, we will find a disillusioned Carrie Mathison working in Berlin for a private security firm and estranged from the CIA.

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Here’s a first look at Claire Danes at tonight’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art “China: Through The Looking Glass“. Thanks Kacy for the photo!

Claire danes at 2015 Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Before Claire Danes was one of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, she was just another performer looking for a break.

Her first gig came at the age of six when she played a duck on stage for a Performance Space 122 production. A representative of the iconic New York art organization visited Danes’ dance class looking for talent, “and I was pretty hammy, and I got people’s attention,” she told Variety last night. “So that’s how I got it.”

Danes was honored by P.S. 122 during their annual Spring Gala, which also served as a fundraiser. After several years without a fixed location — last night’s New York gala took place at Capitale — P.S. 122 will have a permanent home in the East Village next year, and Danes was happy to help the organization raise the rest of its needed capital.

“I came here in my twenties to do a couple of dance performances. It’s a really vital cultural institution,” she said, “and I’m a downtown kid. It means a lot to me. We were both born in 1979.”

Hosted by actor Alan Cumming, the gala featured spoken word from writer Edgar Oliver and performances from avant-cabaret singer Meow Meow (who brought roses for the audience to throw at her), singer Peaches and Casey Spooner of the band Fischerspooner, who sang the Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun” while wearing a slinky red dress.

While attendees like Julian Schnabel, Debbie Harry and Parker Posey, wearing a Great Gatsby-style green flapper dress, had dinner, the house band played a version of the Cranberries’ “Dreams,” a sly nod to Danes’ iconic role in the TV show “My So-Called Life.” (The song was featured in a memorable angsty, quintessential mid-’90s scene.) There was also an auction for prize packages that ranged from cocktails with Cummings to VIP tickets for one of Jon Stewart’s final tapings of “The Daily Show.”

New York City Council member and Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer received the “Shining Star Award” for advocating on behalf of P.S. 122 and experimental New York theater. During his acceptance speech, he called P.S. 122 “a place to be, and a place to breathe.”

In honoring Danes, her “Homeland” co-star Mandy Patinkin called her his “teacher,” and told a story about how, during the filming of a climactic scene in the second season of “Homeland,” a truck (that should have been blocked off) drove by and ruined a take. Then a crew member’s cell phone ruined another take. Patinkin, who noted that he was not blessed with much patience, sounded awestruck as he recalled how Danes, unruffled, simply asked everyone in the crew to please check their phones, as she didn’t see the need to yell at people “who were just doing their best.”

Earlier in the evening, Patinkin, who is on the Board of Directors for P.S. 122-affiliated The TEAM, praised Danes’ ability “to believe, and be absolutely in the moment in any given moment,” and talked with Variety about his first time working with Danes.

“It was glorious from the very first second, I just loved it. There was chemistry immediately,” he said. “She was riveting. All I had to do was just listen to her.”

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Claire filmed today an interview for the Emmy edition of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors along with Don Cheadle.

The Emmy edition of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” will premiere at 7 p.m. June 14 on PBS SoCal, and will then be distributed to PBS stations across the country in July. A second episode airs at 7 p.m. on June 21. The interviews will also air on WNET/WLIW in New York and will stream on Variety.com beginning in June.

Thanks Holly for the photos! More to come!


Claire attended on Friday the Paley Center for Media – Homeland Panel, here are photos:


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Homeland won’t be returning to the States in Season 5.

Despite speculation that the Showtime drama will head back to the U.S. after a season spent in South Africa (standing in for Pakistan), exec producer Alex Gansa announced at PaleyFest Friday that Carrie & Co. will be putting down stakes in Europe.

“We’re shooting in in Germany,” he told the crowd, before dropping an even bigger bombshell: “Carrie will no longer be an intelligence officer.”
The EP went on to tease that Season 5 — which will bow in September — will jump ahead two and a half years.

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PaleyFest 2015 – Homeland

February 26th, 2015
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Claire Danes will be attending the PaleyFest 2015 on Friday, March 6, at 7pm, for the Homeland Panel!

You can buy tickets via Ticketmaster at the link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/paleyfest-2015-homeland-hollywood-california-03-06-2015/event/09004E29E78D4DC9

Here are photos from tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Claire didn’t win, the award went to Viola Davis, who is also a brilliant actress. The category this year was amazing.

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Here are more photos from the 26th Producers Guild Of America Awards from Saturday night:



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Here’s a first look at Claire Danes on tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Claire is nominated for Best TV Actress and Homeland cast is nominated for TV Drama

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