On a break from his tireless shooting schedule— did we mention he's also in Guillermo del Toro's upcoming, super-secretive science fiction film Pacific Rim?— the charming, witty Klattenhoff spoke to PARADE about playing the good guy, what to expect from the show's season finale, and squaring off onscreen with Claire Danes:
On his verbal sparring with Danes in "The Clearing" episode.
"You never know with Mike Faber [if he'll stop with his investigation into Brody]. [After the cameras stop] it's pretty mellow. Claire is the ultimate professional. It's amazing to get in there and try to duke it out with her since she's a bit of a monster. She's so great at her job that she can slip into that world and then later talk about babies or a new restaurant. There is pretty much zero improv is scenes like that and everything is pretty much on the page."
On whether they're afraid of their characters getting killed off.
"We're finished shooting season two but it was on everyone's mind who was going to go and what was going to happen. After the Gettysburg episode, you just don't know who is going to get punched next. It's kind of the good part of the show, not knowing what's going to happen."
Will we see a dark side to Mike?
"There are whips and chains, things with him and Jessica [Brody, played by Morena Baccarin]. No, I think Mike is a moral compass. What is right is right and he'll always look after the family, Jess, and Brody but something is rotten in Denmark. Mike will always try to do the right thing."
On playing an American solider as a Canadian.
"I was fortunate enough to spend some days with guys in Santa Fe who were headed off to Afghanistan. Just talking with them to understand why they do what they do, how they cope. We have our share of military [in Canada] though not nearly to the extent here in America. So you just try to understand and relate to it and translate it to the character's experience."
When he realized Homeland was special.
"As soon as I read it, I knew. I think that was like everyone who is involved in the show.