‘The World According to Jeff Goldblum’ – Host takes the ride in Disney+ series

Goldblum loves the improv of Disney+ series

Jeff Goldblum

It is said that dogs are empaths, that they have a sixth sense that enables them to pick up on the emotional or physical state of their human companions without any apparent communication.

Jeff Goldblum has seen that in his own dog, a Standard Poodle named Woody, whom viewers of his Disney+ series “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” got to meet in one episode of the currently streaming second season.

“He does many things,” the 69-year-old Emmy- and Oscar-nominated actor explains, “but the one thing he seems to do best for our purposes is his empathy. He’s very special, I think, and he sits there and stares at you and listens to me. He pays attention to you. He’s always your bodyguard, kind of arranges himself where the likeliest place is that some intruder may come and if anybody comes to the door makes himself known with some wild barking. But he’s the sweetest dog.”

In the new season, Goldblum brings his innate curiosity to bear in exploring more topics that fascinate him, which in addition to dogs include magic, monsters, dancing, fireworks and motorcycles. In his role as host, he sees himself not as an expert but as the eyes of the viewer, taking in the experiences and asking questions he thinks viewers would.

“That’s kind of the approach that we took,” he says. “I said, ‘I don’t want to pretend to be anybody’s teacher. But let me just go along and be surprised by it and authentic and let’s kind of capture me on camera as I’m meeting them for real and just let my curiosity kind of roam and guide the exchange.’ And that’s what we did. I got a big kick out of it. I like to improvise and this is a variation of that.”

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum

Birth date: Oct. 22, 1952

Birthplace: Pittsburgh

Family: With wife Emilie, has two sons, ages 4 and 2

TV credits include: “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Faerie Tale Theatre,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” “Friends,” “Will & Grace,” “Raines,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Glee,” “The League,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Search Party,” “Portlandia,” “What If …?”

Movie credits include: “Death Wish” (1974), “Next Stop, Greenwich Village” (1976), “Annie Hall” (1977), “The Big Chill” (1983), “The Right Stuff” (1983), “Into the Night” (1985), “Silverado” (1985), “The Fly” (1986), “Earth Girls Are Easy” (1988), “The Player” (1992), “Jurassic Park” (1993), “Independence Day” (1996), “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997), “Cats & Dogs” (2001), “Igby Goes Down” (2002), “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” (2004), “Morning Glory” (2010), “Independence Day: Resurgence” (2016), “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018), “Jurassic World: Dominion” (forthcoming)

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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