Tim McGraw is one of the biggest names in music but, following in the footsteps of multitalented country stars such as Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, he’s enjoyed success at the box office as well as atop the charts.
He made his first national splash in the 2004 Texas high-school football drama Friday Night Lights, quickly silencing any doubters with his convincing portrayal of an abusive father whose glory days were behind him. He took on his first lead role in 2006’s Flicka, then followed up with parts in The Kingdom (2007), Four Christmases (2008) and Dirty Girl (2010). He even became one of the few country artists to host Saturday Night Live, in 2008.
But his best-known role is in The Blind Side, the 2009, based-on-a-true-story hit. McGraw played Sean Tuohy, the husband of Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Sandra Bullock), whose family takes in a destitute young man with a knack for football. The next year, he had another high-profile part, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, in Country Strong, and his song, “Southern Voices,” was featured during the film’s closing credits.
So when will we see him on the big screen again?
“In fact, I just got a script today,” says McGraw, a movie fan himself. “There is something I’m reading all the time. Finding time seems impossible. That being said, if I came across something that I absolutely in my gut felt there was no way I could turn down, I would find time to do it. There have been a few things that have been close, and there have been a few things that might come back around — but so far nothing has made me say, ‘I want to clear my schedule to do this.’ ”
Beverly Keel is a professor and the incoming chair of Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Recording Industry. She profiled Taylor Swift in the Dec. 1, 2010, issue of American Way.