Claire Danes: My Dog Makes Filming Homeland Fun

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updated 10/13/2011 AT 5:00 AM ET

originally published 10/13/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET

When you star in a political drama on television, it can be challenging keeping things light behind the scenes. But Homeland stars Claire Danes and Morena Baccarin have found something adorable they can chitchat about on the set of their intense thriller: dogs.

“She has a dog that’s kind of similar in scale to mine,” Danes tells PEOPLE. “And so we kind of have a little dog commune and that’s fun.”