William Jackson Harper Explains Why He Nearly Quit Acting Prior to The Good Place at 2020 Emmys

William Jackson Harper, who is up for supporting actor in a comedy series at the 2020 Emmys, reflected on almost quitting acting before landing his role on The Good Place.

By Cydney Contreras Sep 20, 2020 11:25 PMTags
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William Jackson Harper is keeping things casual cool for the 2020 Emmys.

The Good Place star joined E! News for what he described as a "comfortable" conversation from his backyard in Los Angeles, Calif. William, who said he usually lives in New York City during the year, revealed that he and his girlfriend are staying on the sunny west coast where they're "trying to make it happen" amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Not that William is complaining, he said that he's happy to be watching the show from his home wearing the "stretchiest that I could muster." Plus, he's excited to be up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at tonight's ceremony.

He said of the nomination, "It's good, as good as it could possibly be given the circumstances. This is a huge honor to be involved in something like this yeah, I'm feeling grateful."

The nomination itself comes years after the Good Place star nearly gave up on acting. It was his role on the NBC comedy that prevented him from giving up on this dream. 

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He explained that before landing the role, he thought to himself, "I have to stop this. This is like running everything. And I need to figure out something else... I thought I should try to be a real adult—I wasn't quite there yet."


You can bet he's glad that he didn't quit acting.

He told E! News that being nominated feels "like something that happens to other people."

If you want to see if William gets to give an acceptance speech at tonight's show, here's a guide on all the ways to watch the ceremony. And for those who miss the show, we've got you covered with the complete list of winners, which is updated in real time. 

The 75th Emmy Awards will now air Monday, Jan. 15, 2024 on Fox.