Walton Goggins is adjusting to walking down red carpets and aisles. The actor and Oscar-winning producer (Best Short Film, The Accountant) recently received a Prime Time Emmy nomination for his turn as Boyd Crowder, a deep-fried and outspoken white supremacist on FX’s Justified and has recently joined the cast for the sequel G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation as Warden Nigel James.
Goggins also costarred in the summer popcorn flick Cowboys & Aliens. Soon to turn 40, the Lithia Springs, Georgia native just last month exchanged wedding vows with his longtime girlfriend filmmaker Nadia Conners (The 11th Hour) with their seven-month-old son Augustus serving as best man.
Many critics and fans of The Shield, on which Goggins portrayed the smarmy Shane Vendrell, point out that the recent nod is long overdue as Hollywood suits take notice. Steven Spielberg cast him as Ohio Congressman (D) Wells A. Hutchins in the undoubtedly epic Lincoln with a 2012 production date. Goggins told UTR that he’s pleased to finally play someone who is articulate and wears a suit, that his career almost didn’t happen and that he doesn’t foresee a full night’s sleep on the horizon. And he’s grateful for every single emotion and speed bump life brings his way.
Q: Are you tired of playing rednecks and a lot of corruptible fellows?
A: I quite like playing people that appear to be one way at first glance and surprise you by infiltrating your sensitive side and you wind up kind of feeling for them in a way that you never anticipated. It’s an interesting dynamic with an interesting trajectory to be a part of. By playing Boyd Crowder and really exploring how smart he is, those things have started to open up to me and I’m grateful for that.
Q: Did David Legrant (the late acting coach) almost derail your career?
A: Ha! At 19, this Georgia boy moved to Los Angeles with only $300 in his pocket, but with an immeasurable amount of tenacity and good luck. Legrant pulled me aside and said, ‘Walton, you’d better become good because you’re not good-looking and for someone like you to make a living in this business, the only thing you’re going to have a fall back on is your talent.’ So, what he asked of me was to be the hardest worker in our class, and he was right.