For Morgan Saylor, there’s no place like ‘Homeland’

Homeland, Morgan Saylor, Showtime
“Homeland” airs on Sunday nights at 9 on Showtime.

Morgan Saylor is cheery when we get her on the phone, which, we have to admit, surprises us a little, given the fact that when we saw her character last week, she had (spoiler alert!) tried to kill herself.

“I’m not as depressed in real life,” says the 18-year-old, who plays Dana Brody on “Homeland.” As the daughter of is-he-or-isn’t-he alleged terrorist Nicholas Brody on the runaway Showtime hit, Saylor’s character has undergone a lot in the past two seasons: allegations against her father, an accidental hit-and-run, the death of her boyfriend and, as we saw last week, a stint in rehab for a suicide attempt. And according to Saylor, the drama’s only just begun.

Now in its third season, the show — which has won six Emmys and five Golden Globes in the two years it’s been on — is dealing with the aftermath of a deadly explosion that left many supporting characters dead in the Season 2 finale. Saylor says she was just as riveted by that episode as fans were.

“I remember reading it and freaking out,” she says. “I really, really did. I thought it was such a brilliant script. I remember I texted Morena [Baccarin], who plays my mom, and I was like, ‘We are on the best show on TV,’ because I was so amazed by this script. And she texted back, ‘Are you drunk?’ She thought I was just being weird and nostalgic.”

Saylor doesn’t offer too many hints into what we can expect in this new season — which she calls “really, really intense.” She’s about 10 episodes ahead of the general public and coyly tells us, “It’s finally all spreading out. It’s very exciting.”

But back to the present: This season, she says, the characters will be “picking up the pieces that were left after the explosion,” an incident that was “especially hard on Dana.”

This Sunday’s episode focuses heavily on her character, as Dana juggles new experiences of heartache, loss, love and lust.

“She needs someone who understands what she’s [going through],” Saylor says of her new beau, played by “Dexter” alum Sam Underwood. “As if being a teenager isn’t enough!”

When “Homeland” heroine Claire Danes took home the Best Actress in a Drama Emmy this year for her work as bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison, the cast joined Danes in celebrating after the awards, Saylor tells us.

“We all went to the Governors Ball. We scarfed down some food, which was nice. Then I went to an afterparty. It was fun. It’s always fun to hang out with everybody because I don’t work that much with Damian or Claire so it’s a fun atmosphere to hang out with the gang.”

The young star is content to keep as normal of a life as possible when she’s not filming. She went to her prom this year and plans to study math at the University of Chicago, which she’ll attend starting next September. (She deferred a year.) But juggling the show with her regular life means she’s had to sacrifice a lot of sleep.

“The very first day of shooting this year, I had to work super long hours; it was exhausting,” she says. “But then I drove home that night to Atlanta, I got there at 3 a.m., I had graduation practice the next day at 8 a.m., and then graduated that night. Then I had to go back to Charlotte for work.”

As if being a teenager isn’t enough, indeed.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.