Q&A: Shohreh Aghdashloo

Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) plays the matriarch of a Middle Eastern family of terrorists on the new season of Fox's 24.

You have always said you wouldn't play a terrorist. Why did you take this part? When I started acting in the U.S. years ago, most of the auditions offered were either for terrorists or for battered women from the Middle East, and I didn't accept them. But this role was a full-dimensional character. She's a very, very strong woman, and she has many faces. And things may not be what they seem.

After years of...

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