Mandy’s on a high note

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HOME­LAND star says his wily char­ac­ter in the pow­er­ful TV drama has changed him for the bet­ter as a per­son.

Patinkin, 65, has played CIA op­er­a­tive Saul Beren­son along­side

in the se­ries for seven years. He will be­gin film­ing the eighth and fi­nal sea­son in Fe­bru­ary.

Wrap­ping the se­ries will be “bit­ter­sweet”, Patinkin (right) said. “(It will be) time to move on but at the same time, time to thank him (Saul) and the writ­ers who cre­ated a char­ac­ter who im­proved the qual­ity of my na­ture in a way that I am for­ever grate­ful (for),” he said.

“He, mean­ing Saul Beren­son, taught me how to be a qui­eter hu­man be­ing, how to lis­ten bet­ter, how to in­crease my em­pa­thy for ev­ery­one and ap­pre­ci­ate the com­plex­ity of ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion and to recog­nise things aren’t as sim­ple as they ap­pear.”

While TV has been Patinkin’s ve­hi­cle for the past decade, the stage is his true love. He won a Tony award for his role in the Broad­way pro­duc­tion of Evita.

Patinkin is in Mel­bourne tonight for a con­cert with

at Hamer Hall, based on his 2018 Di­ary al­bums. The show promises to blend new work and pieces from his stage past. He will be in Syd­ney on Wed­nes­day and Bris­bane on Satur­day. AUS­TRALIAN bas­ket­ball leg­end has taken on a vol­un­teer men­tor­ing role with young rid­ers tak­ing part in Rac­ing Vic­to­ria’s Ap­pren­tice Jockey Train­ing Pro­gram.

Timms met with some of the fe­male ap­pren­tices last week to of­fer ad­vice on build­ing a ca­reer in sport.

“I spoke to them a lot about han­dling ad­ver­sity, be­cause that will come along at some stage, and I think one of the things that makes a dif­fer­ence be­tween a good ath­lete and a great ath­lete is how you han­dle ad­ver­sity,” she said.

“I let them know if they want to chat, a cof­fee or even go down to the (bas­ket­ball) court and have some shots they can reach out to me.”

De­spite be­ing al­ler­gic to horses and barely know­ing one end of the an­i­mal from the other, Timms is fast learn­ing about all things equine thanks to her daugh­ter

“She loves rid­ing and she has told me she wants to be a strap­per,” Timms said.

Pic­ture: JA­SON ED­WARDS

fiona.byrne@news.com.au

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