Shea Whigham Interview: ‘Homecoming’
“For me, it’s visceral,” reveals Shea Whigham in our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above) about his work on the acclaimed Amazon drama series “Homecoming.” “You’re trying to get as close as you can inside the skin of the character,” he further explains. “You never want the audience to see you work, to see the gears turning. You want to get inside that skin.”
In “Homecoming,” Whigham plays Thomas Carrasco, an ordinary guy who works as an office-dwelling bureaucrat at the US Department of Defense. He is tasked with investigating a secretive facility for returning veterans called Homecoming and the questionable dismissal of one its former occupants. His job turns into more than just another routine investigation as he realizes that there was much more to the story than originally reported.
The psychological thriller is based on the podcast of the same name by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. They produce the show with Sam Esmail (“Mr Robot”), who directed all 10 episodes of the show’s first season. “Homecoming” scored rave reviews when it premiered last month, and both the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards nominated it for Best Drama Series as well as for leading lady, Oscar winner Julia Roberts, with the Globes also nominating co-lead Stephan James and the critics nominating Whigham for Best Drama Supporting Actor. It is surprisingly Whigham’s first major individual nomination, after years of work in film and television.
Whigham is happy for the recognition of his work in the show, which he was keen to be a part of not only so he could work with Esmail, but because the character really intrigued him. “What was interesting to me about Carrasco is that he is not a sleuth or a private eye. He’s just an ordinary guy working at the Department of Defense,” Whigham reveals about why he was interested in taking on this role. “He’s just thumbs up, thumbs down, on these complaints that come in. But from there, something’s not right in Carrasco’s gut, and he follows this thread, and gets in over his head pretty quickly,” he explains.
Whigham also shares his thoughts on what was an exceptionally busy year for the actor, having no less than six feature films released this past year (“The Catcher Was a Spy,” “Beirut,” “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” “First Man,” “Bad Times at the El Royale” and “Vice”), and having starred in not only “Homecoming,” but also limited series “Waco” for the Paramount Network, with “Modern Love,” another ambitious Amazon project slated for 2019 along with a role in Todd Phillips‘ anticipated new spin on the iconic DC Comics villain “Joker,” with Joaquin Phoenix in the starring role.