CHARLOTTE, N.C. – 'Homeland' actor Mandy Patinkin has taken an affinity for Charlotte, so much so that he calls the Queen City his new home.
The Showtime hit that won six Emmy’s last month is filmed in Charlotte, and Patinkin, who has appeared in 'Criminal Minds,' 'Chicago Hope' and 'The Princess Bride,' said he has fallen in love with Charlotte.
“This is my new home. I just voted early yesterday in Charlotte. I love it here so much,” Patinkin said Wednesday during an interview on ‘Charlotte Today.’ “I would love to be able to live here all year round, which, you know, maybe one day I will.”
Patinkin plays the role of CIA operative Saul Berenson on ‘Homeland.’ He is the mentor of counter-terrorist officer Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes. The show was recently signed on for a third season and is filming around uptown Charlotte this month.
“I could see its potential…and I knew Claire was attached to it, which you couldn’t ask for more. Incredible actress, incredible human being,” Patinkin said. “It questions why we as a world community are in the position that we are in.”
Patinkin, who won a Tony award for the 1980 Broadway hit “Evita”, has a home in New York. But the calmer life of Charlotte has warmed his heart.
“The people here are incredible,” Patinkin added. “Now it’s fall and I take walks every day in different parks and I love it. You have a beautiful city.
“I have never been in a traffic jam. I cannot get over it,” he laughed.
His other love? Showtunes.
For the last two decades he has performed live on stage, something he says he loves even more than acting.
He will perform live at the Belk Theater Sunday at 7 p.m. in uptown Charlotte and said the 90-minute performances are not only strenuous emotionally, but physically as well.
“It’s one of the blessings of my life…because of what we do, we have to stay in shape and therefore maybe you get to live a little longer. Believe me I’d love to go get a pint of ice cream any day of the week,” laughed Patinkin.
As for the psychological thriller about a fractured post-9/11 United States, Patinkin believes ‘Homeland’ fills an important void for Americans.
“It really gives a rebirth to the lost art of listening,” he said. “People have lost the ability to listen to each other, in our halls of justice, in our congress—people don’t listen anymore. This is taking bi-polar systems and asking them to listen to each other.”
Patinkin said 'Homeland' will wrap up season two shooting in early November in Charlotte before heading to a secret location to film the season's major finale season.
“I have many hints but if I give any of them I will be killed," Patinkin said on the finale location. "I will be killed instantly like 'Mission Impossible.'"