09/21/2012 12:04 pm ET

Claire Danes: 'The Wire' Changed Me

"The Wire" had a significant impact on "Homeland" leading lady Claire Danes. In an interview with New York Times' T Magazine, Danes revealed that the HBO drama from David Simon helped guide her towards the kind of projects she wanted to work on.

After playing Temple Grandin in HBO's "Temple Grandin," Danes said she didn't work for two years partly because the role changed her outlook on acting. “I didn’t want to go back to ingénues," Danes said. "Because I ingénued the hell out of it for a while.” Enter "Homeland."

Danes is reportedly signed on to "Homeland" for seven years and fans of the show can thank "The Wire" for that. Danes said the writing on the Showtime series "guarantees real quality."

"I’d been changed by watching ‘The Wire’ and I wanted to do something that had that scope," she said.

Despite her appreciation of the writing, Danes said she wasn't sure the show would make it to Season 2. "To be honest I never expected [the show] to get picked up so I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like, but it’s fun. It's like, 'Oh, there she is again!' I like [Carrie] a lot," she told GQ UK via The Daily Mail.

Danes, who got her start with "My So-Called Life," which earned her a Golden Globe, also took home a Globe for "Homeland." She's up for an Emmy in the Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 2012 awards. See if she wins the award on Sun., Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

For more on Danes, click over to T Magazine.