The more I've researched Jeff Goldblum the more I'd love to meet him. It seems that he's one of those actors who has perfected playing, well, himself. He comes over as brilliantly eccentric - on and off screen and I imagine him to be a fantastic dinner guest. In a recent piece for Mr. Porter the writer Stephanie Rafanlli describes his "ruminations" as "sound pockets of sheer charisma". Rafanelli also goes on to quite rightly point out that Goldblum has "avoided the quicksand of self-parody" and that there is "something fluid, shape-shifting about Mr. Goldblum; he's both indisputably himself and ever-evolving, improving."
Maybe it's the fact that he's had to understand so many different characters over his lengthy acting career? As I dug in a bit more it struck me how he seems to apply an admirable level of openness, empathy, and curiosity to everyday life...
Or, perhaps it's because he sees life as a never-ending improvisation derived from his love of Jazz. Goldblum plays weekly gigs in Los Angeles with his jazz band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. I was tickled by the fact the band is named after his mother's friend who lived to 100 years old. Another nod to a contented longevity derived from taking life as it comes and finding new ways to learn and adapt. Incidentally, every set his band plays is kept a secret from him.
Even at 62, he comes over as someone who isn't looking to the next thing or who is distracted by what's headed their way; instead, he seems to be on an adventure, one that he's doing his best to make the most of.
Rafanelli also explains how he has used his training as a young actor in the 70's under Sanford Meisner, into a method that can be applied to music and indeed an all-embracing life philosophy.
When talking to Sean Woods for Men's Journal Goldblum describes how he view the inevitable aging process...
Similarly with Eve Barlow / The Guardian
...and finally on making the most of all relationships.
Wise words indeed. If have the time, take in this video of Jeff and his band below and tell me that his philosophy isn't working.
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