Written By: Brian Hampton
The new hit CW show “iZombie” is now in its second season after a very successful pilot premiere season. One of the lead actors on the show who plays the role of “Detective Babineaux” is Actor Malcolm Goodwin. The show centers around an ex-medical student turned zombie by the name of ‘Olivia “Liv” Moore’ who works at the local coroner’s office surviving off the brains of the deceased. As the story unfolds, dead bodies start to turn up around town causing an absolute frenzy among the people. Following, Detective Babineaux played by Malcolm, is assigned the case to solve mystery behind these suspicious deaths and solicits Liv’s help with the investigations. Kontrol Homme recently had the opportunity to interview Malcolm Goodwin to learn more about the success of the show as well as his other current ventures in the industry.
When asking Malcolm about this trend of the “zombie/ return from the dead” shows that we see today so frequently on television and why he feels its such an interest among viewers, he shares, “I think people have always gravitated toward the supernatural and are genuinely into that type of drama. People want to be entertained. I think a lot of credit goes towards the producers, writers and creators of these projects. Outside of it being a trend, its also good television!” Indeed, the show iZombie was such at hit in its first season, that it was rated as the highest scored first episode of the season on the CW Network. And with such as phenomenal first season of the show, Malcolm shares that they are are extremely grateful to see the season run another round on the CW. He shares that the benefit of running a second season is that they no longer have to pitch the show as a zombie crime-solving drama to generate interest since they’ve now gained such a substantial and supportive fan base. The second season is scheduled to air a total of 19 episodes.
Beyond the show iZombie, Malcolm is a man of great experience in the industry including an extensive array of work in acting, producing and directing. In fact, Malcolm shares that one of the films he has directed and produced is called Pass the Light staring Cameron Palatas who is “a 17-year-old high school student who runs for Congress to counteract a congressional candidate’s use of religion”. Malcolm says that the film has been very successful all across the country and is scheduled to be released on dvd this summer. These are just a few of the many strides this talented gentleman has made in the industry as he continues to pursue his passion. Not only is Malcolm a beast when it comes the industry and his acting skills, but Malcolm like others, shares on how important it is to keep yourself inspired. He says, “It’s people seizing the moment who inspire me. And also, I draw inspiration from my peers. For me, I will say It’s people who came from my same sort of circumstances such as Spike Lee and Puff Daddy… I always say that I’m in competition with no one but myself and I will challenge myself to give it my all every single day.”
As a director and producer, Malcolm also shares with us how he really takes pride in helping other aspiring actors and dreamers to accomplish their dreams. He says that not even for credit, but that he feels good when helping others acheive their goals to completion. He says, “I have financed tons and tons of independent projects, coached people, both actors and writers. I regularly do script doctoring, give notes, etc., doing whatever it takes to help people get to the next level.” As one who has grinded and worked so tirelessly to get where he is today through attending film school, interning at film studios, working several positions on a camera crew, and post productions, Malcolm understands the value of bettering himself in order to motivate others get where they want to go.
Malcolm’s previous film credits include but are not limited to a supporting role in Warner Bros. Running All Night, The Lazarus Project, A & E’s “Breakout Kings”, Crazy on the Outside, Freelanders, as well as many others.
For more on Malcolm Goodwin, follow him via Twitter and Instagram @malcolmjgoodwin.