Claire Danes on The Essex Serpent: ‘I think the serpent is a symbol for people’s anxiety’

MD Merajul IslamMay 11, 2022

Claire Danes says her first function after almost a decade in hit drama Homeland was each “fantastic” and “scary”, going from taking part in a CIA officer to a grieving nineteenth century British widow in new mini-series The Essex Serpent.

The 43-year-old actress received quite a few awards for her portrayal of intrepid bipolar protagonist Carrie Mathison within the 2011-2020 present.

Set centuries earlier and primarily based on the hit novel by Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent sees Danes play Cora, who strikes from London to the English county of Essex to look into speak of a legendary serpent.

She befriends pastor Will, performed by Tom Hiddleston, however quickly finds herself dealing with the wrath of native residents who blame her for a tragedy.

“It felt fantastic… I liked lastly with the ability to play any person who was in relationship with different human beings as a result of Carrie actually wasn’t,” Danes advised Reuters in an interview.

“I sort of considered her as like Edward Scissorhands, weirdly… she understood her volatility and he or she was very inclined to guard different folks from that and so she remoted herself. Cora doesn’t need to, she was allowed to get pleasure from intimacy of various varieties… That was enjoyable nevertheless it was additionally sort of scary to be in uncharted territory.”

Whereas the mysterious serpent is feared by locals, Cora is intrigued to be taught extra about it.

“I feel the serpent is an emblem for folks’s anxiousness, for all the myriad unknowns that plague us and fear us,” Danes mentioned.

“All the characters are wrestling with fairly a little bit of inside tumult and this can be a means for them to aim to make sense of that and to fixate on one thing seemingly tangible and concrete.”

The story focuses on the controversy of science versus religion, with the characters believing totally different causes for the creature’s existence.

“I discover it a really nourishing debate…the interconnectedness between religion and motive, science and faith. As a society and as communities, we want perception programs to be able to make sense of our lives and to know how our lives are significant,” Hiddleston mentioned.

“And at this explicit time… the tip of the nineteenth century, there was a lot change by way of the best way folks understood their lives. And I feel the dialog continues.”

The Essex Serpent premieres on Apple TV+ on Friday.


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