Homeland's Morena Baccarin Previews a Heated Face-Off and the Moment Jessica Cries, 'Enough!'

It’s rare that a nightmare is capped by a (seemingly) happy ending, and yet that twist of fate was dealt Jessica Brody on Showtime’s Homeland (airing Sundays at 10/9c).

Having been led to presume that her husband Nicholas (played by Damian Lewis) was killed in Iraq eight years ago, Jessica – and the world – learned that the U.S. Marine sergeant in fact was alive, and had been held prisoner all this time. And while CIA analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) suspects that this war hero was “turned” during captivity and now is part of a terror plot to be exacted on American soil, Sgt. Brody suspects that his wife found comfort in widowhood with his colleague and best friend, Mike (Diego Klattenhoff).

This Sunday, the men in Jessica’s life have their most intense war of words yet. Morena Baccarin, who shines as Brody’s conflicted bride, spoke with TVLine about how she went from playing an out-of-this-world queen V to the grounded, very real Jessica.

TVLINE | I saw you tweeting with “Abu Nazir” [aka actor Navid Negahban] this morning – I’m pretty sure that’s not a good idea.
[Laughs] Maybe I’m a terrorist.

TVLINE | You and I often spoke about how on V, you had work to find your moments as an actress, given Anna’s innate lack of emotions. And here you now are with moments ripe for the taking. How tricky and yet satisfying was that transition?
Yeah, it was really satisfying. And it’s the smallest things that mean the greatest things, like being able to reach and put my hair behind my ear. Suddenly, because I’d been restrained for so long, I had a wealth of human nature things at my disposal. Being able to explore emotion again was really great.

TVLINE | And some of your Homeland moments have been so raw, so vulnerable.
Yes, and they were not easy to tap into after so long of being kind of disconnected from that. [Jessica] is in a very vulnerable place that’s not very fun to be in all the time, but it’s very cathartic!

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TVLINE | Jessica thus far has kept up a good façade. But is there a moment coming up where she just lets it all out?
I did kind of lose it a bit when my husband shot the deer, which was completely insane. But no you’re right, she’s a very strong woman and she knows that she needs to support him, so she’s putting herself second at this point, in the name of trying to get him back any way she can. But there is a moment in the eighth episode where Jessica finally says, “Enough! I am not going to keep blaming myself for this. It’s not my fault. I thought you were dead.”

TVLINE | This Sunday, tensions reach a boiling point between Nick and Mike, at a memorial service. What can you say about that?
There’s a very interesting scene where Brody kind of clocks everything that’s been going on, and the boys have it out.

TVLINE | He, what, also “clocks” Mike?
Uh, yeah! It definitely gets physical.

TVLINE | Do you think Nick at this point knows for sure about the affair? Or is he still just strongly suspecting?
I think it’s that thing where you think for a second you know exactly what happened, and the next you’re like, “How could that have happened?” He knows that what I did was not necessarily wrong, but he can’t deal with it right now, for obvious reasons. He was imprisoned for eight years and the only thing that got him through it, besides I guess the Muslim religion, was the thought of his family waiting for him.

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TVLINE | Lets talk about those eight years. What would you say is the state of Jessica’s love for her husband right now? Has she almost “forgotten” that love…?
I think it’s more complicated than that. She’s had to come to terms with the fact that he’s not the man that left, that he’s a different person — almost a stranger to her — however they still are who they are. I think she had an expectation of who he would be when he comes back, but he’s obviously not that guy, and the only point of reference she has is those first few years they were together. So it’s about building a relationship again, from scratch. There are nice scenes coming up where we actually share some moments again and you see a bit of the history of their relationship. You see their [current] relationship kind of evolving into a more healthy one. It’s still strained, and we’re both playing at being “the good husband and wife,” but underneath there’s still a lot of recovery we need to do.

TVLINE | You mentioned the deer incident. Are there any other erratic behaviors of Nick’s that start to rouse suspicion in Jessica? That, while not quite along the lines Carrie is thinking, something about Nick is quite different?
No — in fact they start to really patch things up, in a surface, healthy way. [In the Nov. 20 episode] he makes a choice about the life he wants to lead, which is kind of a big twist in the season. She fights it at first, but things between them become better once she allows him this decision. But I have a feeling it’s sort of the calm before the storm. It’s exciting to be playing that, the rumbling underneath of something about to happen!

How are you liking Homeland? Many have called it the fall’s best new drama; do you agree?

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20 Comments
  1. Stephen Peterson says:

    Being in the Navy (I am currently on a two month leave) I find the dynamic of the family fascinating and real. I have been stationed away from my family for two years, and watching the show has really helped. When you come home after a long period of time you’ve changed and so has your spouse, so trying to reconnect with my wife has been hard. I’m lucky, she was in the Marines so she gets that I can’t talk about some things. This show hits it right on the head. After even two years changes you and it is interesting how they have to be the Cleavers in public, but behind closed doors they are trying to figure out who they all are. Ironically I started watching this show on the ship I was assigned to and for us it’s a big hit! I just hope they can keep this level of realism through out the rest of the show. Good job guys, and thanks for allowing me to say to my wife “at least I wasn’t gone for eight years!”. Keep it up

    • TigerNightmare says:

      Thanks for sharing your inspirational story. And welcome home!

    • Alicia says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your story!

      Also– I’ve been watching Morena since SG1. So cool to see a Sci-Fi actress make it mainstream…but then again, that seems to be happening a lot lately!

    • sash fan says:

      Thanks for all you do Stephen!

      I’m loving homeland this year — almost dropped Showtime until this started. Now I’m keeping it despite the $16/month price tag!

    • Jill says:

      Thank you for your and your wife’s service to our country, Stephen.

      And thanks for your insight into how realistic the family’s portrayal is of how it really would be. As a viewer, you often wonder, and that’s great that you started watching it on the ship and are loving it, too.

      I wish you and your wife well in your life together.

  2. Kim R says:

    Really well done show. I wish it was on more than once a week! :)

  3. ladyhelix says:

    Hmmm, maybe I’ll give it another try. I DVRed this and then tried to watch it at the end of a hectic week – -but couldn’t get through it. I found it overrought and I couldn’t connect to any of the characters. This interview sheds light on a bigger picture which sounds fascinating.

    I’m putting it back in my DVR – THANKS!!

    • Beth says:

      Do try it again! I had the same problem but then gave it a second try and now I am hooked. My husband even watches it with me and we usually do not agree on tv shows :) The dynamic between all the characters is so interesting and the storyline above keeps you on the edge of your seat!

    • Chachi Krebs Jr. says:

      Uggh. So we’re supposed to convince you to watch it? Bitch

  4. Johnc says:

    It’s more than just the fall’s best new drama. It’s the best new series of the year and has the potential of being the best show of the year, depending on its season’s latter half.

  5. Samantha says:

    I’m really hoping they just confront the affair. I’m kind of over that being drawn out this long. I love this show though!

    • sash fan says:

      Is the affair really over for Jessica? It was just interrupted when her husband came back home. I think they are keeping open the option that they will start again, especially with Brody being weird and messing around with Carrie.

  6. Rachael says:

    I am loving this show. The first episode was enough to intrigue me to watch the second, and then each episode since then has just gotten better and better. I am really hooked at this point. Definitely the best new drama I’ve seen in a few seasons.

  7. Corinne says:

    I love Homeland but after reading this interview, are we watching the same show?

    TVLINE | And some of your Homeland moments have been so raw, so vulnerable.

    Yes, and they were not easy to tap into after so long of being kind of disconnected from that. [Jessica] is in a very vulnerable place that’s not very fun to be in all the time, but it’s very cathartic!”

    Seriously?

    • Kyle says:

      Well, first of these moments that come to mind is the scene where they’re about to have sex on the bedroom floor, she’s half naked and he just masturbates instead. She’s sitting there, exposed, disappointed, unwanted, vulnerable… That was raw. Very powerful scene and very difficult for any actor.

      • Fudgefase says:

        Kudos for both of them involved in that scene. It was painful and humiliating even to watch. I hope they had a good laugh afterwards – it must have felt very strange.

      • David Penn says:

        Right so it’s okay for a cheating wife to skank around on her military husband. Tired of people glamorizing affairs. It’s bullcrap and unjustifiable. Screwing your husband’s best friend is just sick and who gives a darn what she felt. “Unwanted” my behind.

  8. Lexana says:

    I absolutely love this show. All of the actors are doing a spectacular job. I can’t wait for the moment when we find out if Brody has turned or not.

  9. Jenna blue says:

    I have never seen homeland, but if Morena and Daines are in it, I think I will havea look… Though I have to mention that I am still mourning the loss of Morena’s version of V

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