Entertainment Alley: From Iran to Hollywood … An Actor’s Choice

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This month I got the chance to speak with a good friend of mine — Navid Negahban — who stars on the television show “Homeland” on Showtime. TAYLOR: You are now co-starring on the Emmy award-winning television show “Homeland,” playing an evil character Abu Nazir who torments Damian Lewis’ character Nicholas Brody. Tell me about that. NAVID: Well, it depends on how you look at. I mean from others points of view he is a villain, but from his people he might be considered a hero. So as an actor, I have to find the hero in him. For me I couldn’t judge the character in order to portray him. There is a reason for his actions and I had to find his point of view. TAYLOR: Did you have any reservations on playing this part especially with what’s going on in the world and how people view al-Qaida? NAVID: Yes and no. Playing this type of role might corner you or put you in a box, but I fully trusted the creative team. I worked with them before, so I felt comfortable. I read the script and I understood what they were trying to do. He was a so fascinating to me, so multilayered that I think it is any actor’s dream to portray characters that aren’t one dimensional. TAYLOR: Can you give us a little secret of what’s going to happen without getting into trouble? NAVID: Hahaha … I said it before and I will say it again. If you enjoyed the first season and you have been watching the second season, this finale is going to blow your mind away. Homeland follows Carrie Mathison (Emmy award-winner Claire Danes), a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer, Carrie learns that Nicholas Brody (Emmy award-winner Damian Lewis), a US Marine Sergeant who had been reported as missing in action since 2003, has been rescued during a Delta Force raid on a compound belonging to terrorist Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban). The show airs Sundays on Showtime at 10 p.m.
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Taylor Kelsaw

Taylor Kelsaw started his career in San Francisco, Calif. more than 30 years ago and has since worked on many highly rated television shows including “Oprah” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He loves to paint, sing, act and being the proud parent of three lovely children.