Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Claire Danes and the "Homeland" creative team including co-creators and executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and director/ executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter, came to The Washington Post on Feb. 7 for a rare in-depth conversation moderated by Robert Costa.
The panelists previewed the upcoming season, shared stories from eight years of making the award-winning show, and discussed the program’s impact as an era-defining drama in a post-9/11 world.
For eight seasons, Actress Claire Danes has played CIA agent Carrie Mathison on the critically-acclaimed spy thriller “Homeland.” She says the intricacy of Carrie has been ‘the stuff of dreams.’ “This was such an endless gift. Her dynamism and her complexity was never-ending. She was so fierce and she had so much agency…and she propels the story forward.”
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Director/Executive Producer Lesli Linka Glatter says ‘Homeland’ reinvents itself each year to make each season feel new and fresh. ‘Usually in a TV series, you have it dialed in by the last season. You’re on the same sets, you know your locations. We reinvent. We go to a new country every year, so it feels like we’re doing a pilot, and that has kept it fresh and exciting.
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“Homeland” Co-creator/Executive Producer Alex Gansa says every review of season 8 he has read mentioned the show has been called Islamophobic in the past, an accusation that saddens him. “It just pains me so much because we tried so hard over the years to create Muslim characters that are both good and bad and CIA characters that are both good and bad…We wanted to be subversive, and we wanted to put the audience at the end of the season on the side of a terrorist in the United States….We were trying to be subversive. The opposite of Islamophobic, and yet, we’re constantly battling that. ”
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Actress Claire Danes and the “Homeland” creative team share their thoughts on the legacy of the show. ‘I hope that it’s taken some of that gap between those that serve and the rest of us lucky enough to be protected, and I hope to bridge a little bit of that distance,’ Co-creator/Executive Producer Howard Gordon said.
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‘Homeland’ Actress Claire Danes shares what viewers can expect to see between Carrie and Saul in the final season of the show. “In true Homelandian-style, it’s taken to the outer edge, and their trust in each other is seriously tested. They have very different positions in the end, and they’re at a standstill.They’re at an impasse, and we’ll see what the leads to. It was terrifying to play because that alliance is everything for Carrie.”
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When asked if a Homeland film is in the works, “Homeland” Co-creator/Executive Producer Howard Gordon said ‘Never say never.’ But Actress Claire Danes quickly chimed in, saying, “I think we need a pretty substantial nap before we even start thinking about that.”
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Claire Danes
Actress and Executive Producer
Lesli Linka Glatter
Director and Executive Producer
Alex Gansa
Co-creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer
Howard Gordon
Executive Producer and Show Creator
Moderated by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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