October 28, 2013 12:00 PM

>MEET THE CIA’S NEW GIRL

How did you prep for your role as a CIA analyst?

I called a friend in National Security and racked his brain!

Your character’s Muslim faith is a plot point.

We’re breaking stereotypes. Just because a woman wears a hijab doesn’t mean she’s obedient or repressed. My character is strong.

Last year Vanity Fair claimed you’d been screened by Scientology as a potential girlfriend for Tom Cruise. Has public scrutiny been hard?

I once heard, if you internalize the good, you have to internalize the bad. I think if you stay true to who you are, the good and bad don’t affect you.

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