Diego Klattenhoff on how life has changed since starring in Showtime’s hit drama, Homeland, and how Mike Faber really feels about Jessica Brody.

Diego Klattenhoff has come a long way since his days on Whistler and teen favourite, Mean Girls. The 33 year old hailing from Canada, some would say it’s been a long time waiting for Klattenhoff. Playing Mike Faber is now his arguable breakthrough into mainstream television, with his only guest appearances in the likes of 24Supernatural and ER in recent history. However, it appears that these small roles were enough to convince former 24 executives, Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who are now the creative developers behind Homeland, to give Klattenhoff such an important supporting role.

Klattenhoff plays former Marine, Mike Faber, in Showtime’s critically acclaimed Homeland. Despite being Homeland‘s nice guy, and once the best friend of the protagonist Nicholas Brody, Mike Faber surely has his demons. Assuming Brody had died in Afghanistan, Faber began an affair with Brody’s wife, Jessica. And whilst Brody was gone, Faber firmly established himself as part of Jessica’s family, bonding incredibly well with his two children, Dana and Chris.

On first reading the Homeland pilot, Faber explains, “As soon as I read it, I knew. I think that was like everyone who is involved in the show. By the time you finished that first script you were completely hooked.” Upon the unveiling of Homeland‘s pilot on Showtime back in October 2011, the reception Homeland received was record-breaking for the US cable channel. The pilot was the first in eight years to peak at 1.08 million viewers since Dead Like Me. The episode received a total of 2.78 million viewers from additional broadcast, online demand and viewings.

But, how has life changed for Klattenhoff? He reveals, “People didn’t stop me before for a guest spot that I did on Smallville. Nothing against Smallville but people didn’t freak out in traffic to tell me they love my show.” But does Klattenhoff enjoy the recent new-found fame from fans? It seems as though he really does by saying, “…the waiter turns suddenly and says, ‘I love your show man, from one actor to another, I have to say, I love it.’ And meeting people you admire who are fans of your show. It’s pretty surreal.” With this attention comes all the fancy New York City dinners, amongst the likes of Jude Law and Michael Cera, he’s finding a comfort zone packed within Hollywood A-listers.

However, with Mike Faber, he does spend most of his time playing opposite Morena Baccarin, the talented actress who plays Nicholas Brody’s wife, Jessica. Since the pilot, Mike and Jessica have had such a rollercoaster of a relationship, ever since Brody returned from Afghanistan as a hero of war, hiding their love together has been nothing but torn between the two. There’s no denying that these two are compatible, more so than Jessica and Brody, but there’s an undying parallel of that between Brody and Carrie. Klattenhoff seemed to have a lot to say when it came to speaking about Mike and Jessica, saying, “It’s kind of tough because there is such a big connection between them. There’s no denying what they had. I don’t know if that ever goes away. It’s a great conflict by the writers. I hope Mike Faber doesn’t go, ‘You know what? I’m tired of this Jess, I’m gonna go find some military groupie.'” We hope so too.

It’s certainly tough for Mike right about now, caught between his best friend and his wife. But fans certainly see Mike as a neutral part of the show, who holds a certain glue between Brody’s family, and Brody’s demons within the CIA and Abu Nazir’s people. But, did Klattenhoff reveal any spoilers for the rest of the season? Speaking about the finale airing on December 16, Klattenhoff said, “There is no letting up. Things get darker and spin faster and faster. Inevitably lots of major s**t goes down. It literally gets darker and goes down the rabbit hole.”

Be sure to check out Diego Klattenhoff’s performance of Mike Faber in the critically acclaimed Homeland this Sunday on Showtime 10PM ET/PT.

 

 

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?