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‘Homeland’ star randomly vacations in Marblehead, likes WROR

Actors Damian Lewis and Rupert Friend speak onstage during the "Homeland" panel discussion at the CBS, Showtime and The CW portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actors Damian Lewis and Rupert Friend speak onstage during the "Homeland" panel discussion at the CBS, Showtime and The CW portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)Credit:

If you thought you saw “Homeland” star Rupert Friend in Marblehead last week, you probably did. Friend, who plays black ops CIA agent Peter Quinn on the Showtime drama, randomly chose to travel to the North Shore town for his recent vacation. “It’s such a beautiful place. I love it,” Friend (above) told the Globe during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., this week. “Randomly, I do this. I just decided to take a cottage and do the fishing village thing. I took the Hudson Valley before that and Savannah, Ga., before that. You can hear I’m not from here, so it’s about trying to explore as much of the country as I can.” Friend said he became a big fan of oldies station WROR-FM (105.7) during his stay. (Apparently, he digs ’80s power ballads of the Journey, Foreigner, and Boston variety.) He even tried to pronounce the call letters with a Boston accent as “Ah-Oh-Ah.” He said he also picked up a few new phrases. “I learned something — I have to say it’s ‘wicked good’ or ‘wicked awesome.’ ” Friend, who was nominated for an Emmy for guest actor for his work on “Homeland,” will be back with the series when it returns on Sept. 29.

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