Damian Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors on television, especially with his phenomenal turn as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the hit Showtime drama ‘Homeland’, but he opens up in a new interview with Vogue about how he wrestles with his decision to be away from his children for so long while shooting the show.
The show requires being away for five months each year while shooting the required 12 episodes per season, but Lewis says, “I was talking to Gully about something completely different and suddenly, without even looking at me, he said, “D’you know Dad? When you’re away sometimes I look out of my bedroom window at night and I call your name, and I cry”. I wrestle with this. I wrestle with it. Children like you being around. They just really like you being around. I don’t think there is any substitute for doing it well and just doing it right. And doing it right is just being there. Nobody is perfect but being there is a good start.”
His wife, Helen McCrory [Harry Potter, Skyfall, The Queen], also talks about being there for the kids, saying, “It has got to be a damn good offer to coax me away from them, which is probably why the projects I have worked on since they were born have been such interesting ones.’
Lewis also continues that above everything else, he and his wife just want to live their lives, adding, “As much as we may look like power-hungry, mad people, we are very committed, first and foremost, to living our life. LA is interesting but it’s not one of the great places. It’s an inferior city to London.”