How a Waxhaw mom became the stand in for Claire Danes in Homeland

How a Waxhaw mom became the stand in for Claire Danes in Homeland

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 6:29 AM

WAXHAW, N.C. -- A Waxhaw mother of four loves watching Claire Danes and the rest of the Homeland crew win up at the awards shows, because she’s the main stand in for the actress.
 
Deanna Burbeck was an extra on another show in Charlotte.  The casting director, who worked on both shows, called and told Burbeck she and Danes had similar features.
 
Burbeck jumped at the chance to be on the set of the Showtime show despite often finding out in the middle of the night where she’ll be needed early the next morning.
 
She says they are long days as the crew figures out lighting and specific shots, but she loves it.

“I was doing stand in for the last scene of the season of the final episode so I got to see what was stewing and you can't give it away. If you do you'll be banned from the set forever,” she told NBC Charlotte.

Back in Charlotte, another woman is also contributing to the Showtime hit series. Vicki Tetreault’s home serves as part of the set for the series.

(Click here for photos of the famous Charlotte home)

A location scout knocked on Tetreault's door before the show started shooting, asking to look around.

He took some pictures, came back a few days later and asked if the Homeland crew could use her South Park home as that of Brody’s, a character on the show.

The pilot was shot in Charlotte. The producers have since built an exact replica of Tetreault’s home at a super secret warehouse in Charlotte.

They still come back several times a season to shoot at Tetreault's house, a visit she thorough enjoys.

"It's almost surreal to watch when they're out in the front yard or on the porch. It's really something, I never would have dreamed in a million years," she said

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