On CBS' new hit Shark, he plays the loud and egotistical Sebastian Stark, an ostentatious Los Angeles defense lawyer who switches sides and joins the district attorney's office. Woods, after all, has spent much of his on-screen career playing versions of himself, even spoofing that persona on HBO's Entourage last season, when he guest-starred opposite his real-life year-old girlfriend, Ashley Madison.
Instead, Woods said, the bigger challenge presented by the current role is that Stark has just assumed primary custody of his year-old daughter, Julie, played by Danielle Panabaker. Woods, 59, does not have any children. Woods considers Shark his most enjoyable work to date -- "I actually, gleefully would do it for free" -- even though it comes at "the worst time of my life": Woods' younger brother, Michael J.
Woods, 49, died of a heart attack on July 26, just days after the pair had completed a cross-country trip together. Some highlights from the show's premiere day, which Woods spent on the Fox lot where it is shot: In his trailer Since arriving on the lot early in the morning, Woods has been muttering repeatedly that he needed to learn his lines for a courtroom scene but seemingly never stopped long enough to do so.
Yet, when the camera rolls, his words match the script verbatim. In between scenes, he coos to and plays with Angel, his tiny black terrier, and talks about his photographic memory.
His cell phone rings, and he asks his publicist to answer it in case it's his year-old mother in Rhode Island. I used to be smart before I was an actor," Woods says. For some reason, I've kept my capacity to reason, my conceptual ability and sophisticated logic.
My brother was the single most erudite person in the world. He decides to commandeer the golf cart his staff was using to drive him around the lot. On the way, he sees a woman, a script in her hands. He brakes and asks her what part she's reading for. The young woman yells, "I just sold a single-camera comedy! As he drives off, he says, "She was a hottie. She looked like an actress.
Simpson prosecutor asks how he is doing in the aftermath of his brother's death. If you ever know someone who experiences an important loss in their lives involving a loved one of any kind, send flowers, send cards, send food. Just the fact that people are thinking of you or thinking of your loved one, it's just remarkably important and touching. I heard from so many people. Bob De Niro sent my mother flowers -- my mother, not me. That was so smart. Woods" card at the end.
The show's audience, nearly 15 million viewers, had grown in its second week, giving it an impressive win over NBC's ER in total viewers. A subdued and introspective Woods reflects on these bittersweet times. I don't know if I necessarily want to feel better, to be honest with you. You know, I'm not afraid of deep sadness. I don't think being happy is necessarily the most important thing on Earth.
I think sometimes it's important to be sad. Right now, I'm sad and that's OK. I'll handle it, even if it's forever. Fernandez writes for the Los Angeles Times.