`Homeland` doesn`t define me: Claire Danes

London: Actress Claire Danes said she would like to take a small vacation from playing bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison in `Homeland`.

The 34-year-old actress, who has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her work in the TV series, said that she looks forward to other acting challenges, reported Digital spy.

"I would really like to play another character to deviate from Carrie for a second, just because I`m starting to think that acting is this, and while this is one of the most fulfilling expressions of acting that I`ve found, it`s not why I do it.
"It`s not it. I think I`d appreciate her even more if I could take a little vacation from her and inhabit somebody else for a while," she said.

The actress said that she fear some `Homeland` fans might not fully understand the true nature of Carrie`s mental illness.
"At first, I was concerned that it would just be a gimmick. I still am. I`m always anxious about it because it`s fun to see crazy Carrie. She`s exciting, you know?

"And this is entertainment - there`s no way we could see what goes into just the everyday slog for her of remaining afloat."