"As far as work is concerned, it takes the pressure off," he says. The win has opened up new opportunities for him as an actor. "[My manager, agent and I] always wanted to do great things and different projects, but we couldn't because [I] didn't have that background of dramatic work."
After proving his abilities as a leading man, Jamie still welcomes the opportunity to play supporting roles if the part "speaks" to him. Oprah wants to know—why did Jamie take a supporting role as Staff Sergeant Sykes in Jarhead after his Best Actor Oscar® win? "It was Sam Mendes, who's a great director. The role had meat on its bones. ... The role speaks, and the role says, 'You should do it.'"