The tide is high and Brendan Fraser is holding on!
During the 2023 SAG Awards on Feb. 26, the actor was celebrated for his work in The Whale after winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. (For a complete list of winners, click here.)
“I found the role of my life in this character Charlie in The Whale,” Brendan told the audience inside the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, Calif. “He’s someone who is on a raft of regrets, but he’s in a sea of hope and I’ve been at that sea and I’ve rode that wave lately and it’s been powerful and good.”
At the same time, Brendan, 54, was quick to acknowledge that his career in Hollywood hasn’t always been an easy ride.
“I’ve also had that wave smash me way down into the ocean floor,” he explained, “and let me wondering where am I now?”
He proceeded to deliver a message to actors who may be catching a wave of success or struggling to stay afloat.
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“All the actors out there who have gone through that, are going through that—I know how you feel,” he said. “Believe me, if you just stay in there and put one foot in front of the other, you’ll get to where you need to go.”
Before exiting the stage, Brendan thanked the three children he shares with ex-wife Afton Smith including Griffin, 20, Holden, 18 and Leland, 16.
“Without the love of my children and their super mom, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this,” he said. “Thank you so very much. I’m so grateful.”
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