Jimmi posted to his social media profile (twitter and instagram) about an interview and photoshoot that he did with theimagista. You can view the tweet here and the post on instagram here. I have added the photoshoot to our photo archive and the interview to our press archive. The photoshoot is absolutely brillaint and wonderfully done. Photographer and interviewer is Michael Williams. The link in his bio on instagram links to the original source which can be found here.
Imagista: How did you get your start in acting?
Jimmi Simpson: I went to get my English Degree and I took a theater course my Junior year and you know, I had great teachers who just opened my eyes to seeing that some people pursue this as professions which I did not realize, I had never met an actor growing up. I thought to myself “Hey! Maybe I can have a 9-5 job and do some plays at night” and that was kind of the plan. An agent eventually saw me doing some stand up and from there I was auditioning for things like NYPD Blue in the late 90’s. I got a lucky break as a little weird skinny kid, in the movie Loser, which not many people saw. However, just being in a featured film, means you get to go on auditions a little bit longer before they give up on you. That is all it is, I had a couple lucky breaks and I worked and trained really hard. You gotta have those three, you need to work hard, be somewhat talented and get lucky and I had all three going for me and I could not be more grateful.
Imagista: How was your character on Westworld developed during filming?
JS: The arc of most characters on the show was substantial, a lot of change and growth for most characters. The creators really did a bang on job in doing so. We all were given the scripts to the scenes that we were about to shoot days and sometimes hours before filming. For William and The Man In Black in particular they really were trying to keep it hidden from us. It was just the nature of all the information, they shared it as a team, what that did for all of the actors was really let you be in the moment which was beautiful. Also, I got the hint that something was going to be up with my character, I picked up on a few cues probably earlier than when they were hoping. I asked Lisa, one of the creators, if something was going on and she just kind of looked at me and said “listen, your character arc in this series is insane and that is all I am going to say.” Even though I had an inclination, I was playing William so true that when he starts breaking from the pact and then when he breaks in a larger degree that was all happening in the moment, it was not something I was trying to build towards to work towards, how can I layer in that this was going to happen, it felt really organic to me.