updated 10/26/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/28/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
It’s not just the fact that President Obama and the Television Academy (which hands out the Emmys) have named Showtime’s Homeland their favorite show, but there is also the enormous contribution of its star Damian Lewis to consider.
Some look at Lewis and find a thinking person’s sex symbol.
As for Lewis’s perception of himself and his TV persona, “I know it looks like I’m thinking deep thoughts on the show,” he tells November’s GQ magazine about playing Nick Brody, “but I’m probably just trying to remember my next line.”
Still, you don’t win an Emmy as best actor in a dramatic series for just looking good in the role – which, in Lewis’s case is a U.S. Marine turned terrorist mole/congressman. As the actor sees his alter-ego of Brody: “He’s a lot of fun to play because he behaves badly in extremis.”
Telling us something, Damian?