– Don’t get up. Do I say something? WOMAN: First question right here. JULISSA BERMUDEZ: Hi, William. How you doing? Excellent, I feel good. JULISSA BERMUDEZ: Good. I’m Julissa with BlackTree TV. I’m curious, as someone who’s had a lot of longevity in this business, what significance do awards play in your career at this point? How do you define success as it relates to them? That’s a good question.
In all honesty, when you’ve been in the business for a while, you sort of adopt this thing of, yeah I got to go to the Screen Actors Guild Awards. I got to go to– but we love it. What does it mean to me? It means I’m still a contender.
It means that the people who mean the most to me– my fellow actors– are digging what I do. It’s fun to come to these things. I still get starstruck. I’m at table 20– Robert De Niro is sitting next to me.
And Steve Carell. I still get starstruck. RUSS: I’m Russ from Hollywood Life. Hi. – Hi. RUSS: You obviously love the show and playing the character. How long would you like to play the character? The short answer is until I pay down my mortgage, but the longer answer is, as long as they’ve got stories to tell.
I love television. I love my cast and crew. I love going to work everyday. I love the fact that I get to act a whole lot. It’s not like a big fat feature where you spend most of your time in your trailer waiting for them to set up the shots.
On Shameless, they’ve gotten so good at the scheduling, that when I get called, it’s almost like doing a play– I’m on all day for 12 hours. And it’s quite a workout. It’s made me a better actor. I stand in awe of the people I work with, who are the best and brightest at this in the whole wide world.
And I just love everything about what I do for a living. I’m the luckiest guy– and then this to boot, come on. AMANDA: Hi, Amanda with Life and Style. Congratulations. You thanked Felicity in your speech.
How does she support you? What does that support mean to you? She only wants good for me. She’s an amazing mom and an amazing wife. She makes me laugh. We still talk about acting. We still talk about our work with each other.
I don’t suggest anyone try that at home, but for us, it works. And I guess other than our two daughters, I would say our strongest bond is a shared love of this business. [INAUDIBLE] TANYA HART: There it is.
Tanya Hart, American Urban Radio Networks right here. Hello. TANYA HART: Hi, how are you? Congratulations. So well deserved. Good Lord. In the era of hashtag #MeToo and #timeout and all that, what would you as a seasoned male actor tell the younger guys coming up in the business about how to control themselves or how to behave? That’s a really, really, really complicated question, because on one hand, what we do for a living– we’ve got to be free to speak the unspeakable and try things.
So I hope it doesn’t throw a wet blanket on things and I don’t believe it will, because half the business is women and they’re smart and they’re hip. I have two daughters. I feel girls are ascendant and I’m thrilled for them.
It’s a good time to be a girl and I’m proud of this business, because such things as safety in the workplace. I think that’s done. We’re not going back. It’s changed. It changed in an instant and it’s not going back.
When it comes to equality in pay, it’s inevitable. And it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen quickly. And my hat’s off to our business. I worked for John Wells, and he’s been proactive in making his– our– cast and crew and the writers room look like America.
He’s been proactive about that for a long time. We have a lot of– I’ve worked for a lot of women. I always have. Perhaps it’s the projects I choose, but it’s all good. It’s hard to be a man these days.
I think a lot of us feel like we’re under attack and that we need to apologize, and perhaps we do, and perhaps we are. But we’ll keep talking and to repeat, I’m blessed that I’m in this business. We had a meeting.
A bunch of guys got together under the auspices of #TimesUp and that’s good for men. Men don’t talk enough. Men don’t talk to other men. And we talked. What the hell– a little bit can’t hurt you. JULIA COBBS: Hi, William.
I’m Julia Cobbs from MyTalk. And this is your third SAG Award playing this outrageous character, Frank Gallagher. This is the third for Frank. JULIA COBBS: I think it is. Isn’t it? Am I right? OK. You should be proud.
But here’s what I want to know– he’s an outrageous character. Is there one episode that you thought, wow, this might be pushing it just a little bit too far? Oh Lord. I’m a Lutheran from Maryland. Every episode I think we’re going too far.
I have the same reaction that the audience has– I read the scripts and I go what? Some of this stuff I didn’t even know was possible. This season I’ve got some moments coming up– one of them aired last Sunday when I punched this little girl in the nose.
I laugh, but god it’s funny. And episode 12– there’s a big finish. It’s just beyond the pale. I think in the eight years we’ve been shooting, there’s only one time I said, I don’t think that’s a good joke.
And all the rest of the times, I screw up my courage and try to figure out what this has to do with me and how to do it. And it’s a good challenge. I’ve never felt so alive. Thank you all. Thanks folks.