‘Homeland’ Star Defends Passionate Plot: ‘You Need a Little Love’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

By: Cory Lopez / January 28, 2013

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The Showtime smash has been renewed for Season 3.
Though it’s amassed more the two dozen awards and an avid fan following, Homeland isn’t hitting the spot for everyone.

Following an almost unanimously acclaimed freshman season, the Showtime espionage series left some critics disillusioned during its sophomore run. As accolades still rolled in at the Emmys and Golden Globes, many found fault in the narrative’s focus on the ever-embroiled romantic relationship between CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and U.S. Marine turned anti-American terrorist, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis).

But at least one of Homeland‘s stars sees no issue in the pulling at heartstrings during the dramatic  storyline.

“You always have to have a little love in a spy thriller, don’t ya think?” Zuleikha Robinson, who stars as terrorist Abu Nazir’s stateside lifeline Roya Hammad, told Celebuzz on the red carpet at Sunday’s 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards. “I don’t know if I care about that.”

Shrugging off the show’s detractors, Robinson was ready to celebrate Homeland‘s three nominations at the SAG ceremony, where Danes ending up taking home the trophy for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series. “I’m really excited to be here,” Robinson gushed. “It’s a pretty awesome event.”

But getting glam for one of Hollywood’s biggest nights was no easy feat for the actress. “It took me a long time because the zipper busted and I had to be sewn into it,” Robinson said of her Gustavo Cadile gown. “So that added on another 40 minutes.”

And she had no second-choice garment in the closet to fall back on. “I was like, ‘Oh crap, I really should have had another dress on hand,'” she explained. “I didn’t have a backup because I love this one so much.”

Homeland returns with Season Three on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c.

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