Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Stoning of Soraya M

I had the chance to speak with a wonderful actress yesterday. You might not recognize the name Shohreh Aghdashloo, but you'd probably know her by her photo, and definitely by her voice.

She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first Hollywood role, in House of Sand and Fog. Most of us know her from her appearance on "24" in 2005, in which she played a terrorist.

Her newest project, The Stoning of Soraya M, is a controversial film, and one that's difficult to watch due to its subject matter. Aghdashloo plays the aunt of a woman, Soraya, whose husband wants to marry a younger woman. Since Soraya won't give him a divorce, he accuses her of adultery, and she is stoned to death by the village.

I spoke with Shohreh by phone yesterday about the film, and the events unfolding in her native country of Iran.

Click here to listen to our interview (total runtime 12:50)