“Homeland” staged a high-class event for TV academy members on May 25 at the 20th Century Fox Studios lot. Following an extravagant outdoor party with an open bar and hors d’oevres, the ninth episode of Season 5 (“The Litvinov Ruse”) was screened. Cast members Claire Danes, Rupert Friend and Miranda Otto were joined on stage by showrunner/producer Alex Gansa and producer/director Lesli Linka Glatter for a lively panel discussion (listen above).
“I trust [our writers] implicitly,” declares Danes, whose won two Emmys (2012-13) for playing CIA agent Carrie Mathison on the Showtime drama. “It’s my job to ground this very complex person and have her remain accessible and relatable, given her extreme circumstances. I want to play her predicament with as much conviction and compassion as possible and I hope that moves people in lots of different directions.”
Friend, who portrays fan-favorite Peter Quinn, chimed in on the subject of politics within the series. “Maybe contrary to what Claire just said, I don’t consider the ramifications of what I have to do. I have to play this part and that’s pretty much the end of my job. Whether I agree with it socially, politically or morally isn’t really on the radar.”
New cast member Otto enjoys her role of double-agent Allison Carr. “What was so interesting for Allison was that she couldn’t really be her true self for anybody except for Ivan (Mark Ivanir). And so everybody she was with, she was really acting out different roles for people. Her relationship with Ivan was actually every relationship that she had in her life.”
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