Claire Danes on Struggles Before 'Homeland'

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Before Claire Danes took on a starring role in the Showtime series Homeland, the longtime actress actually considered a career change during a brutal stretch in which she was out of work for two years.

After her award-winning performance in Temple Grandin, she struggled to find another fulfilling role.

"It was confusing. I got a lot of plaudits, and it didn’t translate into more work. I was really, really struggling during that time,” Danes tells Vogue. "And a point came where I thought, I really like interior design. Someone suggested, ‘Maybe your real success is in your personal life.’ ”

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When she was offered the part, she was deciding between that and a role as J.Edgar Hoover's secretary in Leonardo DiCaprio's J.Edgar.

Her role as Carrie Mathison in Homeland earned her multiple awards and has given her the opportunity to meet powerful people.

At the Golden Globes in January, Danes had to juggle being an acclaimed actress and a new mom.

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As she explained on stage, her newborn son, Cyrus, was upstairs with her parents during the show.

“I went on the red carpet, went upstairs, fed Cyrus. Went into the ceremony, got the award, went back to feed Cyrus, went out again. . . . Then it was ‘Now you meet the president.’ ”

Danes continues, “I had these new boobs; I’m wearing a big Jessica Rabbit dress, and I’d been living in sweat pants for so long. . . . It was strange. It was dreamy, surrounded by my parents and my husband. It was one of the best nights of my life because of this perfect mash-up.”