Film & TV

Diego Klattenhoff on ‘Homeland’ and Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

Film & TV

Diego Klattenhoff on ‘Homeland’ and Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

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As the sturdy, good-natured, and perennially heartbroken Mike Faber on Showtime’s award-winning drama Homeland, Diego Klattenhoff offers some stability in what is otherwise a batshit crazy show. In less than two seasons, the Canadian actor went from surrogate dad, to scorned lover, to supportive best friend, to patriotic marine, to suspicious detective. He may not get the glory and accolades of the the shows two leads, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, but Klattenhoff has been the show’s dependable rock: in a show where the lines between good and evil are blurred, you can always count on Mike Faber to do the right thing.
What has it been like working on Homeland?
It’s been great! I mean this is what it’s all about.  I’ve done some dues on some TV shows, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity of being part of this show.  It’s great when you fall in love with material every time you read it.  Just being so enthusiastic about going in, every day is a treat!Do you know what’s going to happen next time around?
No, they’re pretty stingy with the info.  You just sit there trying to fill it in while you go, dying for the next stuff to come out for the next episode.  Nobody knows what its going to happen from week to week.So you can’t wait for the next stuff?
Oh, completely!  Trying to find some connection, whether it’s the new outline or new episode. You know, you gotta get the crack!

And what about Mike? Where is he when the season picks up?
It’s hard to tell. You know that Mike actually is always going to be around for the family.  At the end of the season, things have been patched up with Brody and we were back to being friends.

What’s it like getting such great scripts to work on?
Thats a very good question, your very observant! I think thats why it’s such a great show and you know the possibilities are endless.  The writers, if they are not the best in the business than they’re pretty damn close, because they can do and craft, they can make anything happen in a believable, realistic way.

Now that you’re on a successful TV show is your different at all?
No, things are pretty much exactly the same. I’m not a recognizable kind of guy, so I just pass through the world and do my thing.  Thankfully, because I’ve gotten in trouble once in a while. It is a bit of a challenge just to be regular person.  I am thankful to be able to have the best of both worlds and make the show and people appreciate it.

You’re originally from Canada. How did you get your start there?
You go to Toronto, learn how to do it, and try to deal with finding representation, then just try to pick away at it. There are a few advantages of being from Canada and doing it there, because you have this opportunity to work on all these great shows, but there are not a lot of people in the way. I liken it to trying to win a marathon.  Really, in the beginning, you start in the middle of the pack.  In Los Angeles you have to get through all these people [who are] in the way.

You have a new movie coming out in 2013, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
I do! In the movie, I play the brother of [lead] Charlie Hunnam. We are both going to be kind of fighting to save the world. So yeah, it was fun!  I think it’s going to be another few more months before it’s released.  It looks incredible from what I’ve seen, but I know they have to do some more post-production on it.