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Although Carrie's condition was not specified during the show's first few episodes, the actor who plays her, Claire Danes (who considered majoring in psychology at Yale) told "Entertainment Weekly" that she decided that Carrie has Bipolar 1.
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To prepare for her role in the series, Claire Danes met with CIA officers, and also watched videos made by bi-polar disorder patients and consulted with author Julie Fast who suffers from the same disorder.
Some of the photographs that are interspersed over the course of the opening credits sequence are actual pictures of Claire Danes as a young girl.
Carrie's name was originally intended to be Claire. It was changed to Carrie after Claire Danes accepted the role.
In a December 2012 New York Times interview, Howard Gordon explained why Jessica calls her husband "Brody," his last name, instead of his first name, "Nicholas," or any nickname form thereof: "It's something that's been in their relationship from the very beginning and speaks to the love between them. We've heard from many military families, and it's not that uncommon a practice."
Abu Nazir's son is called Issa. Arabic-speakers, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, all refer to Jesus as Issa.
British actor Damian Lewis landed the lead role without an audition. The series producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa were so impressed with his performance in the under-rated Keane (2004), they offered him the part over the course of a phone call.
Morena Baccarin (Jessica) said in an interview that she and Claire Danes (Carrie) attended the same Junior High School together and were even in the same homeroom for much of that time.
Barack Obama's favorite TV-show. He liked the series so much he ordered the DVD box set.
Halle Berry was originally offered the role of Carrie. She turned down the role and Claire Danes was eventually cast in the role.
Claire Danes stated in an interview that writer Meredith Stiehm was deeply involved in writing the character of Carrie, not only because Stiehm was the only female writer on the show but also because her sister suffers from Bipolar disease.
During the introductory montage sequence, archival excerpts of five US Presidents' voices are heard in chronological order: Ronald Reagan (40), George Bush (41), Bill Clinton (42), George W. Bush (43) and Barack Obama (44). Except for George W. Bush, video clips of the other four Presidents are shown during the intro. Louis Armstrong and Colin Powell are also excerpted.
In a New York Times interview, Alex Gansa said that there was a line item in the season 2 production budget to digitally erase Claire Danes's pregnant midriff in some shots.
The American series is based on an Israeli drama series called 'Hatufim' (Hebrew for 'Abducted' or 'Kidnapped'). Gideon Raff created the original series in response to the many Israeli soldiers who had been enemy captives and their brutally difficult, and largely unreported, efforts to reintegrate into Israeli society after they returned home. One of the major differences between the Israeli and American series is that whilst in Homeland, Brody was apparently rescued, in Hatufim the POWs were traded.
On some occasions, Morena Baccarin had to wear a dark wig for her role as Jessica while she waited for her cropped hairdo as Anna in V (2009) to grow out.
Laura Fraser originally played Jessica Brody in the pilot but was replaced by Morena Baccarin before the first airing.
Joan Allen was offered a role on season 4, but she turned down because the shooting was on South Africa and Allen didn't want to miss her daughter's first year in college.
Claire Danes won 2 Golden Globes from this show.
Navid Negahban, who plays Abu Nazir, was discovered by the show's producers at a public reading of Iranian poetry.
Carrie wasn't originally written to have bipolar disorder in the first draft of the script. Her disorder was added after Clare Danes was cast and by expressed desire of Showtime.
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Damian Lewis was invited to the white house as a guest of President Obama. Damian and his wife took a selfie in the toilets as revealed to talk show host Graham Norton on his show.
Morena Baccarin and Damian Lewis's characters are supposed to be the same age. In real life, Lewis is 8 years older than Baccarin.
Chris Chalk (Tom Walker) appeared in an episode of Law & Order (season 14) as a character called Tom Walker
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Homeland Security was started by George W. Bush.
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Spoilers 

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Brody was going to die on season 1 with the bomb-vest device, but Showtime encouraged Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon to keep the character alive as much as they could, which ended up being three seasons.
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