Despite the glitz and glamour of Sunday evening’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, winners Jason Bateman and Patricia Arquette spoke backstage about the non-glamorous work of being an actor.
Bateman said he has been acting since he was 10 years old and realized at that early age “how challenging it was going to be to stay employed” in such an unpredictable industry.
The actor — who won the award for best actor in a television drama for his role as a family man who launders money for a Mexican cartel in “Ozark” — said he was fortunate.
“I’m still making a living in this business,” Bateman said. “It’s a pretty small community, so I feel lucky to be a part of it.”
He is grounded by his wife and kids, who he called “the three most important people in my life.
“They’re not impressed, they’re used to me kind of working weird hours or not being in town a lot,” Bateman said.
Arquette — who picked up a win for best actress in a miniseries for her portrayal of a prison employee who helps two men break free in “Escape at Dannemore” — reflected on her late father.
Lewis Arquette, who died in 2001, was an actor and the son of an actor and struggled at times while Patricia was growing up.
“It’s feast or famine as a working actor,” she said, citing the importance of the Screen Actors Guild in supporting its members.
She thanked her dad for teaching her that “the arts were meaningful,” a message that seems to have resonated with the whole family. Arquette’s siblings are also actors.
“Actually, he didn’t want me to be an actor because it was a hard way to make a living,” Arquette said, but still taught her “that it was hard work and valuable work.”