“We’ve met some extraordinary people who’ve given us unique insights into their world, their values and their profession,” Danes said. But in some meetings, she did get a little pushback about her character. “We heard from some that the CIA would never have a highly medicated, bipolar person as the chief of station — or, at least, that’s what you told us,” she said.
And former CIA director Michael Hayden, in a similar video address, lauded the show for nailing the “culture of American espionage, things like service before self . . . patriotism and idealism” and the sometimes murky business of keeping America safe.
And though he allowed that the TV series has to take liberties with fact to make for good drama, he offered one fact check: Real spies don’t go around making cellphone calls from the CIA headquarters. “Mandy, Claire, we’re serious,” he said, referring to Danes and co-star Mandy Patinkin. “Don’t use a cellphone at Langley!”