“Boardwalk Empire” fans know Shea Whigham as the former sheriff of Atlantic City and Nucky’s younger brother. But outside of that, Whigham doesn’t gather a lot of attention from the public, according to a Feb. 1 report from the Los Angeles Times.
He doesn’t get asked for autographs or fan photos, nor does he get asked about his role as Eli, which he has been doing for every season of “Boardwalk Empire.”
But all of this doesn’t really bother him. In fact, his low profile is mainly of his doing. He doesn’t do many interviews for his projects.
“It's always about the project itself than a character for me,” he said. “It's all experiential.”
Outside of “Boardwalk,” Whigham has appeared in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”; David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”; and in the third episode of the new HBO series, “True Detective.” He has a new look for every role he does.
“Yeah, I'm a hair actor,” he joked.
Whigham can be found reprising his role as Eli Thompson, when “Boardwalk Empire” returns for its final season in the fall of 2014.