10/29/2012 09:59 am ET

'Homeland's' Morgan Saylor: 'I found myself in school the other day defending a terrorist'

On “Homeland,” 18-year-old Morgan Saylor plays Sgt. Brody’s sometimes surly, often savvy teenage daughter, Dana. In last season’s finale, it was a tearful, hysterical phone call from Dana that convinced Brody not to detonate his suicide vest.

This season, Saylor’s part has only gotten meatier: Dana has defended Islam at her posh private school, started to see her mother’s side of things, and begun a sweet, surprisingly mature romance with the vice president’s son.

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