Navid Negahban 'Ehsan'
A Golden Globe Award winning television, film and stage actor, Negahban recently starred on Showtime’s Emmy winning drama series HOMELAND in the role of the CIA’s most wanted terrorist “Abu Nazir.” He has guest-starred and recurred on countless series including SCORPION, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE MENTALIST, 24 and many more.
Negahban’s film credits include a starring role in the box-office sensation AMERICAN SNIPER directed by Clint Eastwood; a powerful leading role in the critically acclaimed feature THE STONING OF SORAYA M., in which he played Ali, dubbed by the New York Times as, “satanic as any horror-movie apparition.” He has also had significant supporting roles in BROTHERS starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; POWDER BLUE with Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker, and CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams; and WORDS AND PICTURES starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.
Deborah Puette 'Grace'
An award-winning American television, film and stage actor, Puette most recently starred opposite Molly Ringwald in Lifetime's Christmas hit WISHIN' AND HOPIN' based on the best-selling novella by acclaimed author Wally lamb. Other film credits include director Sam Raimi's blockbuster hit OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL for Disney, CROSSING OVER starring Harrison Ford and Ashley Judd, and the role of 'Elizabeth' in world-renowned video artist Bill Viola's upcoming ST. PAUL’S MARY.
On television, Puette has guest starred and recurred on shows including Steven Spielberg's EXTANT with Halle Berry, REVOLUTION, TRUE BLOOD, RAKE (again with Raimi), THE OFFICE, PARKS AND RECREATION, CRIMINAL MINDS, GREY’S ANATOMY, STRONG MEDICINE and CUPID. Puette's stage work has won multiple major awards in both Chicago and Los Angeles.
Vachik Mangassarian 'Ehsan's Father'
Veteran actor Vachik Mangassarian began his television and film career 30 years ago in Hollywood. He has worked with well- known directors Frances Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Jack Bender, Cyrus Nowrasteh and many others. Films such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Moon Dance, Salome, Dark Holiday, Why Me, The End of Times, The Stoning of Soraya M. and Lost and Found in Armenia are some of the films he has been involved in. In 2013, he will be working in three new projects.
Vachik was born in Iran and his family moved to the United States 50 years ago. Before the Iranian Revolution, he relocated to Tehran and worked with distinguished Iranian directors, Ali Hatami and Samuel Khachikian. After a short stay, he returned to the United States where he has been working as an actor ever since. For the last 15 years, Vachik has also been producing, directing and anchoring a popular and prominent local television program in Southern California called The Armenian National Network.
On set in 'Ehsan's father's' office after a successful and happy day 1 of filming.