Christian Slater on his Golden Globe nom: 'Surreal'


Christian Slater might be best known for his work as a movie star, but it's his role on television series USA Network's "Mr. Robot" that earned him his first Golden Globe nomination ever.

"I had just woken up, I had walked the dogs, I was just getting my coffee and I got the call from my publicist and it was very exciting there's no doubt about it," Slater told HLN's Sam Schacher in a phone interview after hearing about his nomination. "She was over the moon, and we were all very very happy. I told my wife, she was shocked and thrilled and we were all very excited. It's very surreal."

Mr. Robot's debut season premiered in June earlier this year, and the show has already been picked up for a second season. It follows the story of a young computer programmer, played by Rami Malek, who suffers from social anxiety and forms connections through hacking. He's recruited by an anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot into a hacking group. Slater plays the role of Mr. Robot. The freshman show is already receiving acclaim from the critics.

"It's an impossible thing to sort of predict," said Slater. "You don't know what people are going to respond to or how the show is going to fit into the zeitgeist of the world, but you know it was a subject matter that a lot of people didn't know about when we signed on but then when we finished the pilot a lot of crazy things started happening in the news that were really mirroring what the show was about. On one hand it was great for the show, on the other hand it was a little scary to be living in a world where some of these things were actually happening."

Slater is nominated in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for television. His co-star Rami Malek is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama, and the show picked up a nom for Best Television Series - Drama.

Slater said he's been in touch with Malek after hearing about their Globe nominations."We have texted, I think we're both running around right now and getting the opportunity to talk to a lot of people. We've definitely had moments to text each other and share our equal joy and enthusiasm for each other."

So has being on a hit show about hackers affected how he thinks about computer hacking? Slater told Schacher that when it comes to his two children - Jaden and Eliana - it has! "I am watching and I am looking and with their knowledge and with their consent," Slater said. "At least until they're 18 I'm going to be monitoring who and what they're doing on the Internet."