Bryan Cranston carried home two SAG Actor awards Sunday -- one for film and another for television work. His role as a CIA agent in "Argo" gave him part of that film's ensemble SAG award. He was also handed the best actor in a TV drama for "Breaking Bad," in which he plays a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a meth manufacturer.
Backstage, Cranston said he tries to discourage young actors, telling them a career takes "total dedication" to succeed.
"I say that if you can be happy doing something else, anything else, go do that, go do that," Cranston said. "Because in order to be an actor you need to totally commit. Absolutely, you can't put your big toe in.
"When I was 22 years old, I said this is what I'm going to do. If it means that when I'm 40 or 50 or 60 I'm sharing an apartment with someone and sleeping on a couch, that's what I"m going to do. So, it was all in. I had no back up plan. And in a way, it makes you hungrier and more aggressive to find those projects and to keep your eye on the prize."
Tina Fey's future
Television comedy pioneer Dick Van Dyke, who was given SAG's Lifetime Achievement Award Sunday, told reporters backstage that his secret to success was luck.
"I've been so lucky," Van Dyke, 87, said. "Luck has a lot to do with it, being in the right place at the right time, having someone seeing you when you happen to be particularly good."
Tina Fey, who won the TV comedy actress SAG award for a fourth time Sunday, said backstage that she will be busy making movies with the end of "30 Rock" this month. Fey flies to London in March to make a Muppet movie, followed by a film with Steve Carell -- "Mail Order Groom" -- this summer, she said backstage.
Her television career is not over though. Fey has a deal with NBC to develop new shows, she said.
Fey, who is known for a dead-on impression of Sarah Palin, praised Julianne Moore's portrayal of the former GOP vice presidential nominee in HBO's "Game Changers." Moore was given the best actress in a TV movie or miniseries SAG award.
"I thought Julianne was incredible," Fey said. "She really disappeared into the character. I thought she did an excellent job, a real film acting job. You wouldn't want kind of a sketch performance in that movie."