Lynette Rice
February 20, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

WHY HIM He gives bad cops a good name on the FX drama The Shield.

WHY NOW We’re psyched for season 3 in March.

”I was raised by five women,” says Walton Goggins. ”I’m a lover, not a fighter.” But you wouldn’t know it from The Shield. Goggins is damn frightening as Vic Mackey’s ruthless sidekick Shane on the corrupt-cop drama. And you sure can’t tell by Chrystal, the death-and-drug-tinged drama Goggins produced (starring Billy Bob Thornton) and recently took to Sundance. ”I’m able to pay my bills and do something I love,” says the multitasker, who won an Academy Award for producing 2001’s short film The Accountant.

Not that his passions are restricted to Hollywood. Five years from now, Goggins wouldn’t mind trading spaces with a designer. ”I think bad lighting and overpriced furniture have become epidemic in America,” he says. ”It took nice lighting to get me to realize how much it affected my mood and who I was as a person. In five years, I’d like to be designing interior spaces and making it affordable for Joe Schmo.”

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