Getting a job in show business is an arduous task, and actually staying involved in the industry takes a ton of hard work and dedication. Tony Goldwyn’s breakout performance in Ghost may have been an initial boon to his career, but after playing villain after villain would have made for a one-dimensional resume. Although most people these days know Goldwyn for his work on the runaway hit ABC series Scandal, the actor is also a successful TV and film director (he helmed the acclaimed 2010 drama Conviction).
“I think we all can relate to the idea of being pigeonholed as one thing,” said Goldwyn, who can currently be seen in the new film Divergent. “We struggle in life to be seen, to be known, and to connect with other people. We’re all multi-faceted, so the notion of being one thing – we just naturally chafe against. Certainly in our industry, I’ve experienced having commercial success in one kind of a character and for years that’s what you do and you spend a lot of energy trying to branch out or break away. The most satisfaction (I’ve had) in my career, and the reason why I’m still around, is because I’ve constantly mixed that up.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Tony Goldwyn talk about breaking the chains of being pigeonholed. Co-star Ansel Elgort, who will also be seen later this year in The Fault in our Stars, also chimes in why he loved taking part in Divergent:
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet, Divergent is now playing nationwide.