‘‘Suddenly, after all the struggling, I was in this huge hit, and I didn’t know what to do next,’’ Goldwyn recalls. ‘‘I realized: You can’t control your career, what opportunities come your way, what happens in the marketplace.’’
Eventually, that sense of uncertainty led Goldwyn to seek control in other ways. He produced and directed the acclaimed 1999 drama ‘‘A Walk on the Moon,’’ starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen. In 2010, he directed Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell in ‘‘Conviction.’’ Along the way, he has directed TV dramas including ‘‘Dexter,’’ ‘'Damages,’’ ‘'Justified’’ and, later this season, he plans to add ‘‘Scandal’’ to the list.
‘‘Directing takes the pressure off as an actor,’’ he explains, allowing him to be more selective in the acting roles he takes. With that, he shares his criteria for which acting jobs he accepts: Does the material interest him and can he do something with it? Who else is involved that he might like to work with? How much does it pay?
‘‘If an offer satisfies any two of these three, I'll take it,’’ he says.
So which two conditions does ‘‘Scandal’’ satisfy?
‘‘It’s a trifecta,’’ he replies hastily. ‘‘Thank God, this really is a dream job!’’
Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier