Homeland reunion! Claire Danes and Rupert Friend – who had intense chemistry on the hit CIA series – make rare appearance at same event

Homeland costars Claire Danes and Rupert Friend attended the same event on Tuesday evening in New York City.

They were seen at the Sophie’s Choice special screening to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary as the film’s stars Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline were on hand.

Claire, 44, arrived alone and Rupert, 42, was with his athlete wife Aimee Mullins, 48.

The actors played work partners then love interests on the hit spy series – she was bipolar CIA operative Carrie Mathison, and he was CIA operative and assassin Peter Quinn.

Their characters had intense chemistry but all that heat resulted in only one single passionate kiss. 

The critically acclaimed show aired from 2011 until 2020. 

Claire's Homeland costar Rupert Friend was also there with his wife Aimee Mullins

Homeland costars Claire Danes and Rupert Friend attended the same event on Tuesday evening in New York City . They were seen at the Sophie’s Choice special screening to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary

The actors played work partners then love interests on the hit spy series - she was bipolar CIA operative Carrie Mathison, and he was CIA operative and assassin Peter Quinn

The actors played work partners then love interests on the hit spy series – she was bipolar CIA operative Carrie Mathison, and he was CIA operative and assassin Peter Quinn

Their characters had intense chemistry but all that even resulted from the heat was one passionate kiss. The critically acclaimed show aired from 2011 until 2020

Their characters had intense chemistry but all that even resulted from the heat was one passionate kiss. The critically acclaimed show aired from 2011 until 2020

Claire looked conservative in a black satin suit with an ivory top underneath. She held on to a black purse and had on high heels.

The My So-Called Life veteran added a chunky gold necklace with dainty earrings as she had on dark crimson lipstick. 

Rupert – who used to date Kiera Knightley – had on a black suit as well.

His wife, Aimee – an athlete who was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her legs beneath the knee – stood out in a blood red double-breasted suit with black sneakers on.  

Danes started playing bipolar CIA operative Carrie in 2011. The eighth and final season of Homeland aired in 2020.

That same year Danes looked to the future.

Danes told The Hollywood Reporter, she was not sure what was next: ‘I don’t know where to start, but I should play somebody decidedly sane.’ 

Claire looked conservative in a black satin suit with an ivory top underneath. She held on to a black purse and had on high heels

Claire looked conservative in a black satin suit with an ivory top underneath. She held on to a black purse and had on high heels

She added a chunky gold necklace with dainty earrings as she had on dark crimson lipstick

She added a chunky gold necklace with dainty earrings as she had on dark crimson lipstick

On a personal level, Claire explained: ‘I need this last season released into the world before it really ends for me, and then I’m sure I’ll surface eventually.’

She ended up starring in Fleishman Is in Trouble then Full Circle.

Her plan to find ‘somebody sane’ refers to Carrie’s bipolar disorder, which has remained an intense wild card in the series’ plot throughout the seasons. 

When reminiscing about the dawn of the award-winning Showtime thriller, which became immediately and hugely successful thanks to brilliant reviews and viral word of mouth, the My-So-Called Life star says it all took her a bit by surprise.

Rupert - who used to date Kiera Knightley - had on a black suit as well. His wife, Aimee - an athlete who was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her legs beneath the knee - stood out in a blood red double-breasted suit with black sneakers on

Rupert – who used to date Kiera Knightley – had on a black suit as well. His wife, Aimee – an athlete who was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her legs beneath the knee – stood out in a blood red double-breasted suit with black sneakers on

‘Three episodes in, people were literally running out of stores, charging me with enthusiasm,’ she remembers. 

‘I’d never experienced that before. My So-Called Life had this amazingly rich afterlife, but there wasn’t that appreciation as it was airing.

‘There were parodies on Saturday Night Live and in MAD Magazine. That’s a real sign that you’ve made it, getting roasted. There was a porn made about us.’

Aside from MSCL, of course, Danes had mostly enjoyed appearing in films like Romeo + Juliet, The Family Stone and Stardust before returning to television in the masterful 2010 HBO film Temple Grandin.

(L-R) Homeland actors David Harewood, Mandy Patinkin, Danes, Damian Lewis, Jackson Pace, Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor and Diego Klattenhoff in the press room at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in 2012

(L-R) Homeland actors David Harewood, Mandy Patinkin, Danes, Damian Lewis, Jackson Pace, Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor and Diego Klattenhoff in the press room at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in 2012

That role won Danes both a Golden Globe as well as a Primetime Emmy, and it was a sign of things to come — over the next two years, she won both those trophies a second and third time for her performance on Homeland.

Claire is married to Emmy-nominated actor Hugh Dancy, who has appeared in projects such as Hannibal, Elizabeth I and The Big C. She and her husband have three children.

Dancy also had a role on Homeland.  

Claire spoke about the end of Homeland in 2020 with The Hollywood Reporter

Claire spoke about the end of Homeland in 2020 with The Hollywood Reporter

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