Their characters don’t always get along on Homeland, but actor Mandy Patinkin has nothing but love for his co-star Claire Danes.
In the new issue of Michigan Avenue magazine, the actor, who plays the wise Saul Berenson, reveals he admires his character all thanks to his relationship with Claire’s Carrie Mathison.
“I love the connection that he has with this child Carrie Mathison, played brilliantly by Claire Danes,” he tells the mag. “I love being with Claire. I love her artistry.”
In the spy-thriller series, Saul has been part of the CIA for 35 years and was responsible for recruiting and training Carrie, an impulsive agent who suffers from bi-polar disorder.
“I love her humanity and the love Saul has for her and his faith in her and the symbolism that she holds for him in terms of the prayer for peace he wishes for all humanity,” he shares.
The 60-year-old actor continues, “That to me is the real connection issue. It is his love for humanity, for the human race, and his belief that his particular gifted soul named Carrie Mathison is the key to bringing peace to this world through her savant-like abilities of understanding human nature.”
Since its 2011 debut, the Showtime series has become one of the most successful shows on television. It’s won a total of five Golden Globes, including two best actress awards for Claire.
Mandy admits he didn’t expect the series to gain such a following.
“Oh God, no. You don’t know. If anything, I knew Homeland was wonderful material, I knew Claire Danes was extraordinary, and I knew these writers were extraordinary; the material started coming in when we were filming it,” he shares. “Literally we were saying to each other, ‘Hey, who knows what’s going to happen, but this kind of stuff doesn’t come along every day.’ That’s a shut-up-and-a-have-a-good-time-and-keep-swimming. I was in love with it from the beginning.”
Homeland is currently in its third season. It airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on Showtime.
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