HFPA in Conversation: Christian Slater Lets the Script Lead the Way

by Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros December 16, 2019
Actor Christian Slater, Golden Globe winner

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Golden Globe winner Christian Slater sat down with HFPA journalist Elisabeth Sereda and among other things, they talked about his experience on a cult phenomenon: Mr. Robot. “From the get-go, it was an incredibly enriching experience. You never know how a show is going to be perceived, what people are going to think of it. The script was very unusual and every line was just so specific and detailed. And the show was particularly relevant at the time and just fit in perfectly as to what was going on with all the hacks that were happening.”

He won a Golden Globe for his role in 2016 and was nominated twice after that.“The night when I won the Golden Globe was phenomenal. When the Golden Globes come around you have it in the back of your mind, oh it’d be so fun to go there and to be there. Just to go there and to be there would be great but to actually be nominated and to have my name up there with so many other wonderful actors and then to actually have to walk up there and make a speech was the greatest. I loved it.”

Slater started as a child actor and has played over 120 roles. “If it is a totally made-up story, I do start to get a vision and an idea when I read a script. You kind of read the script, you look at the dialogue, you get a sense of who this guy is, of what his hair might be like and what kind of clothes he might like and I love that aspect of it.”

Listen to the podcast and hear who he is playing on Dirty John season 2; why he has a red rose on his suit; how he felt about forgetting to thank Rami Malek in his Golden Globe speech; is he happy the way Mr. Robot ended?; what MTV award he has won; how he felt being voted one of the 100 sexiest guys of all time; how was it working with Sean Connery in The Name of the Rose; how he dealt with the fame; why he thought he has to have a bad boy image; what made him change his path; why he started karate; who inspired him to get his high school diploma; when he fell in love with acting; how he felt when his son wanted to go to military school; what was his best birthday present; how he feels being 50; how he feels about living in Miami and how was it returning to New York to film Mr. Robot; why he has been compared to Jack Nicholson; whether he wants to go back to theatre; would he like to do a musical?; and what is on his bucket list.