'Fences' Star Denzel Washington on How He's Changed Since Turning 60

The 'Fences' star took home the SAG Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.

ByABC News
January 30, 2017, 11:28 AM

— -- First-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner Denzel Washington told "Good Morning America" that he was "surprised" by his being honored last night as Outstanding Lead Actor. He assumed, he said, that Casey Affleck would take home the award after he won the Golden Globe for his role in "Manchester by the Sea."

"Somewhere during the evening I started thinking, 'You better think of something just in case,'" Washington said. "It was a shock, it really was a shock."

The 62-year-old actor won for his role in "Fences," which he also directed. He said while it felt good to win, his goal has shifted over the years to lifting up others.

"I've won every award you can win," Washington told "GMA." "At this part of my life I'm here to support others and see them do well. That's why the most important thing to me was the case -- taking care of the other actors."

Washington said that turning 60 made him realize, "This isn't dress rehearsal, this is life," and he wants to make everything count.

"You're never going to see a U-Haul behind a hearse," Washington told "GMA." "You can't take it with you ... So what are you going to do with what you have?"

He said he focuses now on being a positive influence on the world and the people around him.

"There's so much division in the air right now," he said. "To be some kind of a force for unification, for unity, that's what I'm all about."