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THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s costume designer Edward K. Gordon talks about the challenges in dressing a character as complex as Nessa Stein, which designers she wore and the secret to “getting the Stein style.”
Q: Some of your past credits include Skins and Secret Diary of a Call Girl – projects that have very different feel from THE HONORABLE WOMAN. What have been some of the best practices you’ve carried over from project to project? What are some of your initial steps when embarking on a new project?
A: For me, the work always starts with the script. If I am lucky enough to be presented with a great script, with characters that I believe/relate to my job, it is easy and all I have to do is honor the writing. Although I have done a varied body of work through my career, I bring the same aesthetic dogma with me to all my work. My ambition is always to present characters on screen in a way that might not be quite what people were expecting. I really believe in the power of clothes to help tell a story, and I am fortunate to work in a visual medium. With each great new character I try to create a look that is distinctive and unique to that person—although grounded in reality and truth there is always a slightly aspirational look to the way I dress people. Just to mix things up even more, the next job I’m doing is War and Peace for the BBC and Harvey Weinstein!
Q: Looking to the pilot episode, that initial green-cheetah print dress is definitely a statement piece—especially when you consider the juxtaposition Nessa’s character has against the rest of the cast. What motivated that style choice? The dress also seemed to linger though the episode, as Nessa simply didn’t change her clothes—can you speak to that?
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Katherine Parkinson (Rachel Stein) reflects on maternal archetypes, the poignancy of the political thriller and the unexpected levity director Hugo Blick brings to the series.
Now that THE HONORABLE WOMAN has come to a close, SundanceTV invites you to tune-in to a full-series marathon this Sun, Oct. 5 at Noon/11c. With a show as explosive and unpredictable as this, our guide below (including images, videos, games and quizzes) will help you keep up with the twists and go deeper into the Stein family drama.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Stephen Rea reflects on the humanity and poignancy of the political thriller and what it was like working with Maggie Gyllenhaal.
From its premiere to its heart-stopping finale, THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s eight-episode run was filled with drama and suspense. Did you have a favorite episode? Read the recaps then vote in the poll below.
Sir Hugh shares his theories with Dame Julia, suggesting that Samir Meshal was a go-between for the US and the Palestinians. Hugh proposes that when Meshal called a Palestinian contact to confirm the Secretary of State’s agreement to an unknown plan, he inadvertently alerted the Israelis to the plan’s existence via the wiretap on Shlomo’s cables. Since the CIA was piggybacking on the Israeli tap, Hugh theorizes, they were able to take out Meshal before the Israelis could abduct and interrogate him. Dame Julia suggests that the Secretary of State might have been agreeing to Nessa’s assassination, but Hugh expresses doubt, guessing that Monica Chatwin independently arranged the attack on Nessa to curry favor with the CIA, ultimately gunning for Julia’s job.
Can’t wait to find out what happens on the series finale of THE HONORABLE WOMAN, Thu., Sep. 18 at 10/9c? Instead of staring at your calendar, sign-up to receive a reminder, then check out these thirteen ways to go deeper into political thriller.
1. Watch video interviews with THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Maggie Gyllenhaal (Nessa Stein) as well as Andrew Buchan (Ephra Stein), Stephen Rea (Sir Hugh) and Janet McTeer (Dame Julia).
2. See photos from every THE HONORABLE WOMAN episode as well as surveillance photos of the characters, the Stein Family photo album, and behind-the-scenes photos with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan, Janet McTeer, Hugo Blick…
3. Quizzes for every episode as well as cast members Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan and Stephen Rea.
The burned man and the mysterious contact who came to his aid, revealing herself as Monica Chatwin, rendezvous in a hotel room. When MI6 agents bug the room, Chatwin starts a fire and the duo escapes.
Sir Hugh tells Nessa he knows she’s collaborating with the terrorists to get Kasim back. She tells him the Israeli national MI6 spotted Monica meeting with is actually a Palestinian terrorist (the burned man) and then confesses the truth about Kasim’s parentage.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Maggie Gyllenhaal talks the challenges of playing powerful, deeply flawed Nessa Stein and how she’s perfected the English accent.
Nessa is bludgeoned and raped by a sadistic stranger during a one-night-stand. Her MI6 tail brings her to a discrete medical facility, where Sir Hugh meets with her and asks if she wants the man arrested. She says no to avoid publicity.
Sir Hugh tells Nessa an Israeli extremist group has claimed the killing of the whistleblower who exposed the Stein Foundation academy’s selection process as biased. When Nessa denies the corruption, Sir Hugh theorizes aloud that Ephra made a deal with the Israelis to hide military intelligence programs in the academy without her knowledge.
Even a work place as strict as the military can be teeming with scandalous sex–as proven by the Whisper confessions below.
In their Gaza cell, Nessa mourns her ruined future, knowing the scandal of her pregnancy will infect any work she tries to do to aid the peace process. Atika tells Nessa to give her the child and allow Atika to raise it as her own as thanks for saving her life.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Andrew Buchan discusses the Stein siblings’ complicated relationship, and the page-turner script that sold him on the series.
Can’t get enough of Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal)? Then we have some good news. SundanceTV is airing a mid-season marathon of THE HONORABLE WOMAN, back-to-back episodes of the entire season thus far, Sat., Aug 23 Noon/11c. Still not enough? Consider the following:
Hugo Blick–creator of political thriller THE HONORABLE WOMAN–discusses the dream-casting that is Maggie Gyllenhaal and the emotionally charged, real-life conflict he chose as the series backdrop.
In her eclectic film career, THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s Maggie Gyllenhaal has portrayed a great spread of interesting and complicated women. But which Maggie character are you? The personality test results are in, and 53% of fans found their mind-match in Jane Craddock from Crazy Heart. On the more masochistic end of the spectrum, 11% were matched with Lee Holloway in Secretary. See the full result break-down below.
With all the secrets and back-stabbing in THE HONORABLE WOMAN, it’s only natural to wonder what you’d do in such situations–and more broadly, to question how honorable you are. Well, the “How Honorable Are You?” personality test results are in, and while 26% of SundanceTV viewers scored above 90% on the honor meter, another 26% scored under 50%. See the full results below.
The results for the “Which Female Action Hero Are You” personality test are in, and 31% of respondents share their fiery dispositions with that space warrior Princess Leia.
Nessa receives a call from the kidnappers asking if her secret is safe. Nessa asks the man on the phone to tell her something that proves he knows her terrible secret. The kidnapper tells Nessa, “You burned my face,” confirming her worst fears.
Nessa and Atika debate going public with the truth about their abduction in Gaza, but Atika insists on keeping silent. Rachel asks Atika to share the story with the police, while Ephra defends Atika’s right to privacy.
Go behind closed doors of Washington, D.C. as Whisper members share some more secrets.
Hollywood is just a part of this city, but Whisper member’s confessions here will definitely have you doing a double take.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN is captivating audiences and critics everywhere from TIME to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The new series has been hailed as an “extremely impressive” exploration of both family dynamics and international politics and a “brilliantly acted” showcase for stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Stephen Rea.
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Eight years ago. In a holding cell in Gaza, Nessa and Atika wake to the sound of a man screaming.
Cut to present day. Nessa sleeps with a bodyguard filling in for injured Nathaniel. She then reveals she has deduced the new bodyguard’s identity: an undercover MI5 agent working for Sir Hugh.