The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on Jan. 30, 2016, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is what this Screen Actors Guild Award winner said backstage in the Screen Actors Guild Awards press room.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
(“House of Cards”)
You’re about to become the head of Relativity Media, but why do you want to stay an actor?
I get to come to work every day and discover. I’m not an actor who thinks they know everything about the character they play. It’s been the joy in the writing. It’s been the joy of coming to work. Working on something, you go through many stages.
You talk about things you might want to tackle in a season, discuss plotlines and new characters. Things start getting written, and you’ve got a bible, and scripts start getting written, and then you get a read-through. And you’re saying, “I’m not sure. Is that right?” And then someone else has an idea.
And slowly, you get on the set one day, and you have your fellow actors. We’re all discovering it. We’re all, in some cases, guessing that we’re right because you don’t have all the time in the world. And that, to me, is the joy of it: showing up every day, in that battle, in that struggle, in that challenge with a group of people.
You eventually get to a point where you’re like, “Yeah, I think maybe this is right today.” But then, every day, you’re also thinking, “God, did I get that right? Is it going to end up working when they put it together?” I love the process, and I also hope that I’m getting better at it. I’m still learning. I’m still a student.
Looking at the political climate in the United States, what do we need to know about politics that we may not be paying attention to right now?
I don’t know. I’m playing a fictional character in a fictional television series. Asking an actor like me to comment on current politics is asking for me to fall into a hole that I can never crawl out of. I appreciate the question, but I think I’ll avoid it.
Can you talk about the departure of Beau Willimon leaving his role as “House of Cards” executive producer? What can we expect from the show, moving forward?
It’s a great question. I have no f*cking idea how to answer it. We haven’t made any decisions about who might come in. There’s a tremendous amount of discussions and work to be had. I said up there tonight, and I meant it: I wish Beau all the best. He’s worked tirelessly for four seasons.
And I think whatever he goes on to, he’s going to show extraordinary range as a writer and the understanding of the human condition. I hope that he and I will work together again someday. But it’s incredibly early for me to talk about even vaguely what I think will happen or what we’ll try to make happen. But I meant what I said about there: We will, without question, honor the role that he paved.
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