Homeland’s Claire Danes: Portraying bipolar

First: happy new year to all.

Second: another nod to actress Claire Danes – not so much for her winning an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series for her role as CIA officer Carrie Mathison – but for playing the bipolar character authentically.

I recently caught Danes on the Charlie Rose show. She discussed how she researched the role, including getting background info from Julie Fast. You can find Julie on this website’s homepage, commenting on her experience with the arrival of bipolar disorder.

In Light Fixtures, Aurora is experiencing the onset of the chemical imbalance in her body and the book takes us on the highs (mania) and lows (depression) of her thoughts and actions that summer at her grandparents. But with the help of some unusual friends, she confronts her situation with less confusion and more hope.

More….coming up in future blogs. If you have a question or comment, post it on the “Comments” page.

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