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STYLIST KEEGAN SINGH

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MORGAN SAYLOR

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Morgan Saylor is accustomed to intensity. She’s left a searing impression in the minds of TV viewers for the past three years, as teen spitfire Dana Brody on Showtime’s smash Homeland. The daughter of a suspected-sorta-almost-not-quite-but-maybe terrorist (it’s complicated), Dana has come to symbolize #whitegirlproblems on steroids: negotiating the disarmament of a would-be suicide bomb, covering up a hit-and-run murder, attempting suicide, escaping from rehab, stealing her mother’s car, and betraying her boyfriend to the police, to name but a few of her angst-ridden exploits. “It’s funny to me,” Saylor, 20, says of the ratings phenomenon. “It’s kind of surreal. When we shot the pilot I never would have guessed it would become such a cool role. Some people love her and some people hate her, but it’s cool that people respond either way.” 

When it came to shooting Carter Smith’s Sundance entry Jamie Marks Is Dead, Saylor relished being able to get her hands dirty with a smaller production crew. “[Homeland] is a well-oiled machine and we know how to get it done,” she explains. “We had a small budget and we were staying in a Days Inn. You have more of an opinion, even with the director. Everything is smaller, so you have to fill in the gaps and keep up more than you normally would.” When it came to playing the role of Gracie Highsmith, Saylor found she was able to flex her brooding chops in a more nuanced way. “The movie starts with my character finding Jamie Marks’s body and it kind of unravels from there. It’s the story of a boy’s death and how a small town responds to it, especially two kids, played by myself and my friend Cameron Monaghan. It’s a different script from what I’d been seeing, and a different kind of movie about teenagers.” In the film, Marks’s ghost comes back to haunt the two teens, but it’s not the typical haunted adventure one might expect. “It’s not Casper,” she says, laughing. “It’s a person. It’s weird and disturbing, but also tender, and maybe, inspiring? A lot of the movie is about loneliness and finding a friendship, or even just a connection, which a lot of teenagers and adults can relate to. Everybody gets lonely.” 

Next up, Saylor hops to buck any potential typecasting by going blonder, younger, and dressing up in the color pink for a Disney flick with Kevin Costner. Homeland fans can also rejoice (or pour haterade) over Dana’s return in Season 4. “I’m not coming back as a regular,” she admits, “but I think there may be a meeting with Carrie coming up. I might have to meet my baby sister.” 

Morgan Saylor is currently performing on Broadway with Zoe Kazan and Cherry Jones in When We Were Young and Unafraid. Jamie Marks is Dead will be in theaters this August. 

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