In the wake of her success with Temple Grandin* (the 2010 biopic portraying an autism advocate of the same name) Claire Danes is taking on another character who deals with mental health issues: Carrie Anderson, a CIA agent with bipolar disorder.
Gist Of It: Agent Anderson is suspicious that Sgt. Nicholas Brody, an American Marine who was held captive for eight years in Afghanistan, isn’t the hero America has portrayed him to be; rather, he’s working for the terrorists.
Of portraying someone with bipolar disorder and how that particular mental illness might play a role in the character’s job, Danes says:
I find the challenge is finding a way to play the truth of her being chemically unstable and also a really proficient, highly capable CIA agent. How can those two things coexist? They’re related in some ways [the job and the disease]. They both involve paranoia and when somebody’s mind is susceptible to that, they’re constantly questioning themselves and the world around them and that translates pretty easily into her work.