Malcolm Goodwin
Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you in life?

Malcolm Goodwin: The opportunity to live and experience life inspires me. Watching others not take it for granted inspires me. Using time to create something timeless through creativity and proactivity inspires me.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

MG: Most people view health only in the physical sense, but I view it also in the mental, spiritual, and emotional sense. Physically, I box, play basketball, and work out two to three times a week. I eat right ninety percent of the time, while the other ten percent, I indulge in junk food because I have a sweet tooth that won’t be denied. Mentally, I read a lot, almost anything and everything. I make an effort to use any knowledge I attain and express my opinions even at the risk of being wrong at times. Spiritually, I pray and meditate. Emotionally, I challenge myself to be open, honest, and available.

RP: What kind of research goes into preparing for a role?

MG: Preparing to play Detective Clive Babineaux in iZombie, I used research from previous police and detective roles I played in Freelancers and the upcoming film Run All Night. I’ve done ride-alongs and, I can’t lie, watched a lot of The First 48 on A&E. I did a show on A&E called Breakout Kings a couple of years ago and got hooked on that program. I also watched Key and Peele, Blazing Saddles, and Shaft since the character was inspired by characters from those projects.

RP: Any new projects that you’re working on?

MG: Season one of iZombie has been my full-time job, which premieres mid-season next year. I directed an uplifting family film called Pass the Light, coming to theaters February 6 at select Carmike theaters.

RP: What has been one of the hardest obstacles you’ve had to overcome in your life?

MG: The hardest obstacle I’ve had to overcome is complacency. I’ve worked over four dozen nine-to-five jobs before taking the chance to chase my dream of wanting to become an actor and filmmaker. Growing up in Brooklyn and Harlem, working at jobs like the bus company were great. I had benefits, a great salary, and security. But it wasn’t my dream. I had never taken a real shot at my dream. I took a leap of faith one day and auditioned for SUNY Purchase College Acting Conservatory with a monologue I hadn’t done since graduating high school six years prior. They accept twenty-four students out of thousands into their program each year, and I was fortunate enough to make the cut. I told myself that if I made it in, I would give up the security I’ve grown accustomed to and dare to get accustomed to a dream that had once intimidated me.

Malcolm Goodwin is an actor who has appeared in The Lazarus Project, House of Cards, Leatherheads, True Blood, and Mississippi Damned.

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