Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.
It was often hard to tell what David Estes (played by David Harewood) is thinking on Homeland. As director of the CIA, he had to remain calm and collected, rarely breaking for a vulnerable moment, constantly calculating his next move. Claire Danes gets a lot of deserved credit for her stirring portrayal of a character so intelligent, yet constantly on the edge. Mandy Patinkin as Saul gives a subtle, but forceful performance. But Harewood as Estes had to let you know what he was feeling with a glance, a furrow of the brow, a steady upper lip.
When we asked Harewood to pick a scene to discuss, he chose an early scene from the first episode of season two, “The Smile.” Estes goes to Carrie’s house to talk to her on her porch. A CIA asset say she has information about a possible attack on the United States, but she will only talk to Carrie. So, even though she’s not longer working for the CIA, Este is forced to pull Carrie back in. In the end he asks her to go to Beirut, which leads Carrie on the road to vindication.
Read our discussion about that scene, executive producer Alex Gansa’s note that changed everything, Estes’ relationship with Carrie, and those Doctor Who rumors: READ FULL STORY