The country star talks about his latest album and his clean-shaven role in ''The Blind Side''

His latest album, Southern Voice, just hit stores, and he’s starring with Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, out Nov. 20. So does wife Faith Hill like it better when he’s singing or acting? ”She likes me being at home,” McGraw says. ”Not me home on the couch — me taking the garbage out.” Hang on, Faith: First we need him to explain the five key differences between being a music star and a movie star.

1. Being a country star pays more
We have a great lifestyle. Three daughters means a lot of shoes.

2. As a country star he’s known for his stubble, but as a movie star, he can change up his look
I look completely different when I shave. Sean Tuohy [McGraw’s character in The Blind Side] is a real guy. Grew up in Louisiana like I did, was a superstar basketball player at Ole Miss. He’s a lot cooler than I am. The last thing I want to do is for somebody to just see Tim McGraw up there the whole time instead of the character.

3. Music stars get instant gratification
You can be on stage in front of 50,000 people and hear that noise, and hear their appreciation. You can’t do that in movies.

4. Music gives you more control
”If I Died Today” is one of my favorite tracks on Southern Voice. It’s a fun track. [Pauses] It’s not a fun song. It’s about dyin’. We set out to do a little bit of a Dire Straits-meets-the Eagles, and we hit it right on the head. Movies, though, you just go do your job and leave, and then it’s out of your hands. And if it’s not very good you can blame everybody else.

5. But really, music and movies have a lot in common
Acting makes me a better musical artist, and vice versa. It’s the same coin, just different sides. You’re trying to find a way to make people empathize and walk through this life with you. You’re trying to find a voice.

The Blind Side
  • Movie
  • 125 minutes