The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 13, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what these Golden Globe winners said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best TV Series – Drama
Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama
When you do research for “Homeland,” how do you avoid scrutiny from the government?
Alex Gansa (executive producer): We don’t know if we haven’t come under the scrutiny of the government. We haven’t heard from our agency consultants after we blew up the CIA at the end of the season. They’ve been Zero Dark Thirty since that happened. But we haven’t run into trouble. And we have not addressed the torture issue either.
How did you get lucky in getting this cast? It seems like the roles were tailor-made for them?
Howard Gordon (executive producer): It absolutely was tailor-made. Alex and I, when we sat down to write the show, we actually called the character Claire, thinking of her when we pictured the part. And them we erased the name and made it Carrie. It was just one happy accident after another. We were just very, very lucky.
Damian, how do you feel as an Englishman playing an American?
Lewis: How do I feel? Extremely lucky because there are a lot of unbelievably talent actors out there who could do it justice. It’s really a technical issue about finding the cadence of the American accent. Funnily enough, rhythm is actually more important than correct vowel sounds because we have very different rhythms.
When Americans hear English people talk, we all sound like Dick Van Dyke and Mary Poppins. It’s a much flatter sound, the American accent. And once I find that, I feel much more comfortable.
Damian, how do you psych yourself up for an interrogation scene?
Lewis: It was actually a gift. [”Homeland” director] Lesli Linka Glatter, who’s actually a fabulous dancer, was directing … And she allowed it to run like a piece of theater. Coming from the theater, that actually is the best and most productive way to work for me personally. So there were very few pickups.
And actually, we were running takes with multiple actors, because the actually the scene is longer than just the scene with Claire. It starts with Rupert Friend. And we were running takes that were lasting 20, 21 minutes long. And we would just run them.
So it was like rehearsing a play in the theater and doing a chunk of the play. That’s probably why it has come out as richly as it has.
How will winning this Golden Globe affect the third season of “Homeland”? Do you feel added pressure?
Gansa: If we were panicked after the first season’s success, now we’re utterly terrified for Season 3.
For more info: Golden Globe Awards website
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