If you do something that you’re not genuinely passionate about, it is a little soul-crushing. Just not worth it.
When was the last time you told the truth?
Carrie is, in many ways, a boogeyman; she is what professional women, and particularly ones in male-dominated professions, have been taught never to become - emotional, hysterical, crazy. Emotion is how women who want to be taken seriously are undermined and dismissed. Even if you’re perfectly sane, being emotional - and most especially, being angry - devalues you and your professional contribution. A woman can be called crazy simply for behaving like a normal human being rather than a robot (and of course, if she behaves robotically and unemotionally, she’s a cold bitch). But Carrie isn’t simply emotional (though she is that too, and worst of all, she allows her feelings for a man to cloud her judgment) - she actually is crazy and hysterical, in the proper clinical sense rather than the exaggerated one which attaches to any feminine display of emotion, and profoundly pathetic and unattractive in that state. And she’s completely right, she’s the only person who figures out Brody and Abu Nazir’s plans and motivations, and the person who saves the day by being hysterical, infecting Brody’s daughter with enough of that hysteria that she calls her father and convinces him not to blow himself up.
It’s certainly possible to read this arc as purely tragic, Carrie’s self-destruction being the cost of saving the world (though this is a character arc that is applied to men as often as women), but to my mind its effect is more complex. It makes a crazy, hysterical woman into a hero without in any way mitigating her craziness or hysteria, and thus defangs the argument that emotion in women is a weakness.—Los Angeles Review of Books, The Haunting Of “Homeland” (via carrie-mathison)
And if she doesn’t win, I’ll probably react like this:
“I did hear you last night. I have this since college. I wrote a 45 pages manifesto declaring I reinvented music. Professor I handle it scored me to student’s health. I wasn’t even in his class!. You didn’t do anything, I just came this way”.
Carrie Mathison (Homeland). Emmy nominated episode ‘The Vest’ (01x11).
And the Emmy goes to…
Claire Danes & Damien Lewis: Entertainment Magazine