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HOLLYWOOD heavy­weight Jeff Gold­blum has a 35-year ca­reer be­hind him, but says he’s still ‘‘ fig­ur­ing things out’’ and ‘‘ feel­ing his way’’.

And though he may have de­cided it’s time to move on from his role on Law & Or­der:

Crim­i­nal In­tent, he says the two years he spent in the role was an­other learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘ I feel I’m in a growth spurt,’’ he says in his dress­ing room on the show’s set in New York. He splays his long fin­gers and gives a trade­mark roll of the eyes and a lit­tle bob­ble of his head.

‘‘ I’m on the thresh­old of learn­ing a bunch of stuff and fig­ur­ing out some things.

‘‘ I’m feel­ing my way into a new area of re­lax­ation, free­dom, depth, hu­man­ity in per­sonal-ness and mean­ing­ful­ness and find­ing mean­ing­ful­ness in the work it­self and get­ting bet­ter at it . . .’’

He wan­ders in his an­swers, but he’s gen­uinely try­ing to find the right words and a unique way of ex­plain­ing his feel­ings and thoughts.

‘‘ That’s not so easy to do,’’ he con­tin­ues.

‘‘ My teacher, Sandy Meis­ner, says it takes 20 years of ded­i­cated prac­tis­ing and work be­fore you can even call your­self an ac­tor. ‘‘ This show (Law & Or­der: CI) — it’s like an an­thol­ogy; a group of new ac­tors ev­ery week. And with Mary El­iz­a­beth Mas­tran­to­nio at the

+ tip­pety-top of her field and Saf­fron Bur­rows — so­phis­ti­cat­edly tal­ented, gor­geous, un­be­liev­ably tal­ented ac­tors — I’m learn­ing plenty.’’

The 57-year-old’s agent an­nounced this month that Gold­blum had de­cided to leave the show be­cause of ‘‘ the un­cer­tainty’’ sur­round­ing its fu­ture. His last sea­son will be the show’s ninth, with a 10th sea­son yet to get a green light.

Gold­blum joined the cast as Det Zach Ni­chols in sea­son eight, fill­ing the void left by Chris Noth.

Cu­ri­ously, hang­ing above the bed in his dress­ing room is a paint­ing of Brooke Shields sur­rounded by a fam­ily of strangers. It was painted for an episode in which Shields ap­peared in 2006. Gold­blum found the prop in a dusty corner of the stu­dio and de­cided it was just the right piece for his pri­vate space.

It’s just one of the many quirks of Gold­blum’s world and it would have been re­miss of Switched On not to ask him about ‘‘ that in­ci­dent’’ — the time Richard Wilkins jumped the gun on a fake in­ter­net re­port and an­nounced on the

To­day show that Gold­blum had fallen to his death from a cliff in New Zealand.

Gold­blum, who says he hasn’t spo­ken to Wilkins about the re­port, says the whole thing was ‘‘ funny, bizarre and weird, and a lit­tle dis­turb­ing’’.

‘‘ I got calls from peo­ple I hadn’t heard from. It was like go­ing to your own fu­neral — it’s a rare kind of ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

You can ex­pect tears when Gold­blum says good­bye to

Law & Or­der: CI. He has loved ev­ery minute of it.

‘‘ I feel lucky to be able to do this show’’


Law& Or­der: Crim­i­nal In­tent, Chan­nel 10, Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm Fresh fields: Jeff Gold­blum (above) says he’s still learn­ing.

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