Walton Goggins Talks ‘Justified’ and Career Beginnings: “I never subscribed to the notion that I needed to be starving to be an artist”

walton-goggins-justifiedAt the end of the day, Walton Goggins knows he’s lucky.  He has a choice role on FX’s Justified and has had the spare time to pop up in award-winning movies like Django Unchained and Lincoln.

“Yeah, I have good management and a lot of kind people on Justified who try to accommodate these other things,” he said in an interview with HollywoodandFine.com.  “It’s so nice to leave Harlan County and go into other worlds that come along.  To go into the world of Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg is kind of mind-bending.”

Goggins is certainly enjoying his time playing Boyd Crowder on Justified—a role that was supposed to be killed off in the first season.  “I love my day job with Boyd Crowder and the relationships on that show,” the 41-year-old said.  “I’m very grateful for this season.” 

The actor initially moved to Los Angeles when he was 19.  “I never subscribed to the notion that I needed to be starving to be an artist,” Goggins admitted.  He ended up starting a valet parking business but said, “I did not make a lot of money but I had freedom.”

Then came his breakout role, as Detective Shane Vandrell, on another FX series, The Shield—a part he went on to play for eight seasons.

“I’d been working a long time when I got that, but I don’t think people knew what to do with me,” he said.  “TV really had no place for me before these programs started cropping up on cable.  But then Shawn Ryan and Clark Johnson and Scott Brazil saw they could use what I had to offer.”

Since then he’s been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Crowder, along with other accolades praising his performances.  “I’ve been around a long time—sometimes it takes a person a little longer to arrive at a place, given the opportunity.”

Justified airs on FX, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

Leave a Reply

Matthew McConaughey Reveals How He Came Up With His Catchphrase, ‘Alright, alright, alright!’
"My character, David Wooderson, he has three lines in the entire film. Alright, but one of those lines is what I like to call a launch pad line." - Matthew McConaughey
Jennifer Jason Leigh on ‘The Hateful Eight’, Quentin Tarantino and Playing People in “Extreme Circumstances”
Jennifer Jason Leigh: "I think that's an incredible thing that we can do as actors—to feel empathy toward someone that you may otherwise detest, you know?”
Ian McKellen on Working with Child Actors and How He Transitioned from a Stage Actor to a Screen Actor
"And I think when I decided to become professional, my only aim, really, was to get better as an actor." - Ian McKellen
New ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Star Tyler Lea on Taking Over from a Tony Award Winner
"I haven't done a whole lot. This is my first huge thing. This is my first bite. I was waiting it out and then I caught a really, really big fish." - Tyler Lea
Master of None’s Noël Wells Talks Positive Attitudes and Having Nothing To Lose
Noel Wells starring role alongside Aziz Ansari in his Netflix series, Master of None, has audiences in stitches
// BLOCK AD BLOCK SNIPPET Place this code snippet near the footer of your page before the close of the /body tag