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Message posté par admin le 21 Jan 2018

The newest entry in original drama from STARZ is predominantly an espionage thriller but for fans of sci-fi, there is an element of that thrown in as well, as the story is built around the idea that there is a parallel universe hidden from the world by a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency.

Counterpart, premiering Jan. 21, begins with an assassin crossing over from one dimension to the other and then time is of the essence to track her down to prevent a tragedy. To do so, Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), normally a lowly cog at the agency, is called into the action, and for the first time in his life, becomes aware that there is another Howard on the other side, whose life parallels his but has taken a different turn.

Howard is thrust into a world of intrigue and danger, which includes a mysterious young woman named Clare (Nazanin Boniadi), who becomes a major lynchpin as the season unfolds. had a chance to speak to the former Homeland actress, who was born in Tehran, Iran and raised in London, England, about the new series, her favorite causes, and more.

This is more a spy thriller than sci-fi even though it has that one element to it. Why are we going to want to watch?

I was on Homeland so I have a little bit of experience with being on a spy thriller, but I think the thing that sets this apart is the metaphysical aspect. It’s like a genre mash up. It’s not just a traditional espionage show, but also it’s got some science fiction sprinkled all over it. What I love most about this is that it poses existential questions. It’s very philosophical, but at the same time it’s really grounded in the human experience.

It’s asking you questions about what if, identity, nurture versus nature, and destiny. Do we have power over our own destiny with our choices, or is it all predetermined? What sets it apart from other espionage shows is this idea of a parallel universe and another you.

Having seen four episodes, I still can’t put my finger on Clare. She’s this very mysterious character.

She’s exactly that. She’s very enigmatic. She is from the other side, obviously, and she’s Baldwin’s (Sara Serraiocco) [the assassin] handler. That’s how you see her in the first half of the season, and in later episodes, you learn more about her and her backstory. Episode 7 is a huge episode for her, in which she really comes into her own.

I would describe her as a soldier and I love this saying, this quote, “One man’s rebel is another man’s freedom fighter,” because it’s a matter of perspective. Is she a villain? It depends who you ask. So I love the complexity of this character. I love that she’s a strong female, multifaceted world character.

What happened to the other Clare, the one from this side?

I can’t talk about that.

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Showtime’s Homeland delivered an devastating twist in Sunday’s episode that resulted the loss in a series-regular character. Spoilers below for those who have not seen the episode.

Tonight’s hour saw the demise of the brave and empathetic CIA analyst Fara Sherazi (Nazanin Boniadi) after the terrorist Haqqani seized control of the American embassy in Islamabad. Below Boniadi exclusively spoke to EW about the episode. (And here’s EW‘s recap).

EW: When did you find out about your exit?
Nazanin Boniadi: I found out three weeks before we shot that episode. I got a call from [showrunner] Alex Gansa and we had just had our season premiere screening in Cape Town for the cast and crew and he told me he had difficult news for me but that the writers had decided to end Fara’s journey, but in a very poetic way, I think. He explained to me the reasoning behind it and it all made sense. As actors it’s always hard for us to hear that news, but in every case actors serve the story and when it makes sense to the story it is what it is and you go on.

What was your reaction?
It caught me off guard. I love Fara so much. I went through two weeks of mourning. It was very foreign experience to me; I’ve never experienced that as an actor. I was a fan of a character, I had grown to love her, it was hard to let her go. To watch the episode tonight was very difficult.

Your character has been sort of the moral compass of the show this season, especially since Saul has been sidelined.
Yeah I agree. I think they did great things with Fara.

What was that final scene for your character like to shoot?
It was gut-wrenching. When we shot the scene of Haqqani grabbing me at knife-point, and we had a rehearsal, but I didn’t hear them say we were just rehearsing, so I gave a full performance during the rehearsal and let it all out. I was devastated, so I really put it all into the scene. And then they said, “Let’s shoot,” I said, “Wait a minute, we weren’t shooting that?” I was right on the edge of the emotions and it was right there. I really love the character because she is in my eyes a groundbreaking character and I felt very privileged to play her for two seasons. And the fact I’m going to miss the cast and crew tremendously made the whole episode very raw for me.

You mentioned it’s a groundbreaking character. What’s it been like for you to portray a Muslim character working for the CIA on such an acclaimed show?
It’s been a real privilege. It’s nice to see a character that personifies this unity between East and West that’s rarely seen on television. Like you said, she’s a moral compass of the show, she was this season, she was last season. The arc of her character I think has really served Carrie’s arc. You had in episode six Fara questioned Carrie about the boy—”What about Aayan?”—and then in episode nine Carrie echoed that with regard to the boy with the suicide vest with Saul. I think she served a purpose on the show and it’s every actor’s dream to have a beginning and middle and end, and to have an arc that served a purpose.

What was your last day on set like?

It was bittersweet. Bitter because it was the end of a two-year journey that I cherished. Sweet because [the producers] surprised me with this very large [photo] they blew up and framed had all the writers and creative team sign, and it was a very moving send-off and I’ve formed very close friendships with [the cast] and producers. But to be on a show like this is a blessing.

You recently booked a new role, as the female lead in the remake of Ben Hur. Can you tell us about that?
I can’t unfortunately talk about that yet. My lips are sealed.

You’ve been very supportive of women’s rights issues in Iran. Has that situation gotten had any improvement this past year and what can people do if they want to help?
I can’t say that it’s gotten better. But more voices help the cause and amplifies the message if there are more people involved. I think the best way to get involved is through and find out how you can join a local chapter. And also to contract representatives wherever we may be and whatever our human rights cause may be and make sure our voices get heard.


Message posté par admin le 09 Nov 2014

Her Homeland character Fara has leapt into action this season. We asked actress Nazanin Boniadi what she makes of the Channel 4 show post-Brody and why Benedict Cumberbatch would be her dream co-star.

The new season of Channel 4 drama Homeland has seen Nazanin Boniadi’s character Fara morph dramatically from quiet CIA analyst to a key player on the show, working out in the field as live-wire Carrie (Claire Danes)’s protégé. In the flesh the 34-year-old – who also recently squeezed in a run on another hot US TV series, Scandal – is teeny-tiny and more polished than her on-screen persona. “They put a scarf on my head in the last series and I’m wearing little to no make-up” she says. “It takes people a while before they go ‘oh you’re THAT girl!’”

Tehran-born but London-raised Nazanin (pronounced ‘Nazaneen’) originally wanted to be a doctor, but a change of heart in her final year at University of California, Irvine (where she moved from home in London to study) switched her onto a new career track that began with bit parts on General Hospital, How I Met Your Mother and a cameo on Iron Man before she wound up scoring her ‘dream role’ on Homeland. We sat down with her to find out what makes her tick.

So let’s talk about Homeland. Is the show proving there’s life after Brody?

“I absolutely loved Brody on the show, so I was really cautious when I got the script for the first episode. But reading it I just thought ‘wow, how have they managed in one hour to completely reboot it?’”

Your character Fara has a bigger action role this season…

“She proved herself last year in Carrie’s eyes because she put her own family at risk to help Brody, so she’s been brought into her team and is working on the ground in Pakistan. She really does get her hands dirty. She’s an agent now, not just an analyst.”

Do you think it’s a good time for women in television?

“In a lot of ways I think television is better for women than film. I look at Claire [Danes] and her character and how incredibly multi-faceted she is, and I’ve also come from working on Scandal where Kerry Washington is another strong female lead.”

Like Fara you’re originally from Iran. Do you remember much from early life there?

“No, my parents fled to London when I was 20 days old during the revolution. Going back to visit in my early teens it was so different to the way my parents had described it. Back then my mum would walk around in a miniskirt with red lipstick on and nobody would think anything of it. I remember feeling appalled that I had to wear a headscarf. Clothes are a big part of a free society – I think – and what you wear is so indicative of the political climate you’re living in.”

How did your family react to you becoming an actress?

“The entertainment industry isn’t a line of work encouraged in the Persian culture. When I called my dad to say I wanted to quit medicine there was about three minutes of silence. I’m not sure he knew what to do with himself! I said ‘give me a year and if things don’t work out I’ll have a rethink.’”

Ironically your first part was on General Hospital!

“Dad never let me live that one down, he’d say, ‘you’re not a doctor, now you’re an actor playing a nurse on television’, but it was the second audition I ever did. It’s been an interesting progression, going from soap to a sitcom with How I Met Your Mother and now being a series regular on Homeland. It’s exactly the role I’ve always dreamed of.”

Do you get recognised much?

“I get recognised more for How I Met Your Mother and Scandal as I look so different on Homeland. I’ve only really seen crazy fan interactions from watching Damian [Lewis]. He just gets mobbed. I think it’s the female fans, the men don’t quite have that level of energy!”

What’s in your wardrobe at home?

“It’s quite fitted. Though when I do fashion shoots or I’m filming my style often shifts because I’m influenced by the clothes. When I was on How I Met Your Mother I wore my character’s brown leather jacket for a year after I wrapped the show!”

Who would be your dream co-star to work with next?

“Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s absolutely amazing. I love that keen sense of intelligence. Claire is bursting with it, too. It makes me go ‘this is great, I want to learn from you’.”

Homeland airs Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4