Glenn Close can now add learning Persian to her list of achievements. ET spoke to Close at the New York premiere of his Apple TV+ series, TehranWednesday, where he detailed his return to television and the difficulties he faced in learning a new language for his role as a CIA agent in the second season of the network’s spy thriller.
“It was a whole new experience. Everything was new,” Close said of her first TV role since wrapping Damages in 2012. “Filming in Athens was new. Playing an agent was new. Learning Persian was new. Working with a multilingual cast and crew. Meeting a lot of Iranian refugees. Playing a lot of backgammon – now it always happens.”
“It was just — it was a challenge and area that I had never explored before,” she said.
Playing Marjan Montjerry, a British agent living in Tehran, presented its fair share of challenges for Klose, perhaps the most challenging part was learning Persian.
“It was very challenging. It has a different sentence structure. It’s like German, with the verb at the end. You use your mouth differently. It has some sounds that we don’t have in English,” Close explained. “But I had a phenomenal coach in Anna Bayat, who worked with me on Zoom three times a week.”
She continued, “It’s just a lot — you start with one word at a time, then the sentence, then the repetition, the repetition, and then you have to learn the proper intonation, and then you have to say it faster than you think.” You can say anytime.”
season 2 Tehran Not only does Close introduce the character, but it also dives into a discussion of mental health—a topic Close is passionate about—in the world of detectives.
“My character is a very distinguished psychotherapist, and the backstory was that she and her husband started this clinic for people with horrific PTSD from the Iran-Iraq war and everything we find out is when One has to go to war,” explained Close. “She’s hiding in plain sight.”
Close’s character not only makes an impression on the series, he has also made an impression on his co-stars, who all approach ET about working with the living legend.
Niv Sultan, who plays Tamar Rabinian, said she couldn’t believe she was working with him fatal Attraction Actress.
“Sometimes it was difficult to understand,” admitted the Sultan. “We were standing there, and I couldn’t believe she was in front of me, and I was excited and nervous and happy and a lot of things at the same time. But mostly, I tried to capture as many moments as possible. Just learn from her and watch her – I spied her in a few quiet moments, and tried to see what she does.”
“He’s amazing,” she said. “And everyone knows how talented she is, but above all, she’s a beautiful person.”
For Shaun Toub, who plays Faraz Kamali, working with Close was a dream of 35 years.
“I mean she’s an icon, so, it’s amazing to have an incredible actress — and she’s been around for a long time, so, when I heard she was going to be on the show, I was really excited about it,” Tub admitted. “I’ve been in the business for 35 years, so, I’ve been working with so many wonderful, wonderful actors, and I always thought that someday, I’d be working with Glenn Close. And thank God, all of a sudden, He said, ‘Oh yeah, they’ve been thinking about it,’ and before everyone else knew, I actually knew about it.”
With season 2 close in, the cast must have some other iconic actors on their short list Tehran Get renewed for Season 3: Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves and Liam Neeson were just some of the names that were dropped in the premiere.
stop and see the rest of the cast when season 2 Tehran Apple TV+ hits May 6.
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