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Interview: Jeff Goldblum Talks Authenticity, Empathy and ‘The World…’ According to Him

As I sat down to speak with Jeff Goldblum I was a bit uncertain just who would I meet on the other side of the conversation? Is his contagious on-camera persona an act or is it true representation of who he is? It only took a few seconds of speaking with him before realizing Jeff Goldblum is as authentic of a human as they come. What you see on screen is not an act, but rather a legit depiction of an interesting (and interested) person living life to the fullest.

This remarkable quality permeates into everything he does and is one of the main reasons why his Disney+ series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum works so exceptionally well. Goldblum spoke with Awards Radar in a conversation (full interview is in link below) which puts on display his charm, intelligence, curiosity, caring and passion about others – especially his family. As he takes us on journeys to learn about this world we live in, not only is he opening viewers eyes to places, people, and things we may have never experienced, he too is learning about them at the same time.

This is part of the magic of The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Instead of restricting Goldblum to a studio, he was given the opportunity to be himself and truly explore the world. “I’d be better used in a way that might be uniquely me… and, I bet, I could enjoy it and still mine something I think I’d be excited about doing – if you turn me loose and I improvised these encounters with people and fans of the subjects and experts and scientists and and then let me not pretend to be anything but what I am – not teach anybody anything, but really kind of be a student of these things that I might be curious about. Let’s see where that takes us,” said Goldblum.

Anyone who has watched the series can see a true curiosity in his eyes as he explore such topics as denim, fireworks, monsters, tattoos, birthdays, and much more. Goldblum is our guide to a world much bigger than ourselves. He touched upon the importance of empathy in today’s world and how it is a crucial element of the series. “It’s an important part of being human and how we’re going to move the ball forward on many fronts,” explained Goldblum. “All of us together of course, we have to start putting ourselves in each other’s shoes. So a lot of these were portals into not only bigger ideas, amazing secrets, my free associations and histories and personal feelings, and home life and and upbringing but how we are connected to each other.”

For someone who has such a wide ranging following originating from decades of work, he remains quite humble, focused on being in-tune with himself, others, and the world around him. When I asked him what it was that made people love him so much, he did not provide a straight answer, but all it takes is a few minutes with him and the answer is apparent – authenticity.

Be sure to watch my conversation with Jeff (above), hearing his answers will provide a much more xxx than my words ever could. Also, treat yourself to his series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum. The first two seasons are now available to stream on Disney+. The episodes are a delightful and informative journey through across world you only thought you knew, through the eyes and mind of a one-of-a-kind inhabitant.


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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