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Hey, Homeland fanatics — don’t miss our chat with Navid Negahban, the actor who scares us silly as Abu Nazir. He filled us in on about Nazir, playing evil and how to scare the s*** out of people with one small “Nicholaaasss.”
How do you get in the mindset of playing a terrorist?
To me, the way I’m playing him, I’m not calling him a “terrorist.” I don’t think any terrorist looks at himself as a terrorist. And that’s how you play it. You find out what he’s fighting for and you try to stay honest to the character’s inner desires and belief system.
“Homeland” goes to lengths to make otherwise “bad guys” like Brody, Tom Walker and even Vice President Walden appear multidimensional and empathetic. How do you think people feel about Abu Nazir?
What we did just opened the window for people to see the other side. It’s not just black and white. What has been happening here in America — we are so separated from the rest of the world, that sometimes everybody who doesn’t look like us is a “foreigner.” Sometimes when you go deeper in the psyche, you realize that we are all the same. There’s no difference in us. The same way you care about your family, so is the guy sitting in Afghanistan, caring about his family. We just need to be fair and honor someone else’s belief system.
how to fight by Captain Kirk (ft. his best pupil)
I love this SO MUCH.
Truly, he is grace incarnate.
PILLOW ATTACK! Also, BUTT ATTACK!
We now know that if we’re ever attacked, we can simply crouch into a roll and our enemies will obligingly leap over us and off themselves.
Vanna White, the one and only glamorous ‘Wheel of Fortune’ legend herself, showed us inside her closet and talked about her 30 years in the biz.
Perpetually decked in rhinestones, Vanna — “You know, one day you’re going to be known as just Vanna,” her mother prophesied when she left home — has become an icon of American glamour. (“Payin’ cash, first class, sittin’ next to Vanna White,” quoth the rapper Nelly.) A dress she wore in July by Portland, Ore., designer Jennifer Thomas sold out in minutes and is still on back order.
Vanna, now 55, grew up in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. She decided to be an actress at the age of 10, when her uncle Christopher George, starred in a tv series called “The Rat Patrol.” She packed off for fashion school at 18 and within four years was auditioning for “Wheel.”
“Pat [Sajak] didn’t think I’d get the job because of how nervous I was. It was my first big job!” she told The Daily, her enthusiasm making it hard not to mirror a grin through the phone.
Photos by Denise Crew for The Daily
“Emily Owens, M.D.” debuts tomorrow, starring Mamie Gummer, whose mother is the actress of all actresses Meryl Streep.
As far as apples not falling far from their legendary trees go, she’s in good company. Here are a few more pairs of acting mothers and daughters.
Badass ”The Walking Dead” newbie Danai Gurira fills us in on her hotly-anticipated sword swinging character.
How do you get into character as Michonne?
She requires a lot of intensity. I’m a pretty intense chick, but she requires all cylinders to fire. You have to get there for her. One mustn’t reveal all one’s mysterious means, but there are definitely ways I connect with who she is. Mainly it’s a lot of yoga, but whatever physical thing I need to do to get my body alive for her.
Meet the girl who’s too hot for the Food Network: Nadia G., the fiery host of Cooking Channel’s “Bitchin’ Kitchen.” The 32-year-old “glam punk” chef is making the kitchen cool — hers is zebra-splashed and seasoned with a shirtless sidekick named Hans.
“In our Halloween special, we show people how to make decapitated doll-head vases. We have a zombie correspondent and a bunch of half-naked male models,” Nadia said breezily. “It’s like a David Lynch film, but more linear.”
Wearing Garbage Pail Kids T-shirts and a nameplate knuckle ring, Nadia, who was never formally trained, also dishes out girl talk in themed meals like the “Breakup Brunch” and “Hitched and Ditched,” the phenomenon of marrieds blowing off their single gal pals, (which apparently calls for Philly cheesesteaks.)
“Cooking is not all about the stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops and all that bulls****,” she said. “You can be rock and roll and whip up a fantastic supper — and be hot and smart.”
Photo by Allen McEachern
It’s the weekend! And our WKND style magazine is back, with everything from Meryl Streep’s TV star daughter to a “Top Chef” judge’s favorite banana bread recipe. Here are a few to start with:
- DEAR SESAME STREET Coquette’s open letter to the residents of America’s favorite borough
- PSYCHO-ANALYSIS Woody Harrelson’s nut job character in “Seven Psychopaths” is far from his first — or his craziest
- WARRIOR POET The newest cast member of “The Walking Dead” fills us in on her hotly-anticipated, sword-swinging character
- DITCH THE FITTING ROOM Try out a new body-scanning technology for the perfect pair of jeans
Grab a classy headband. “Gossip Girl” costume designer Eric Daman dished to Michelle Ruiz on Blake Lively, the sixth and final season of the series, and his upcoming “Sex and the City” prequel.
“We’re bringing back the headbands,” costume designer Eric Daman told The Daily. “It’s almost as if they have some sort of supernatural power.”
The show’s fashion godfather, an alum of “Sex and the City,” said the last season, which premieres Monday, will be like “Gossip Girl 2.0.”