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Jeff Goldblum encourages human connections

Jeff Goldblum will share his passion for acting with his son, but won't be encouraging him to get into it.

Jeff Goldblum thinks it's more dangerous not being able to connect with people, even though it's a "messy" and "frightening" experience.

The 63-year-old actor is known as a Hollywood nice guy and is often happy to discuss any topic raised with him. For the Independence Day star, bonding with others is an important experience which he encourages everyone to try and do, no matter how tough it is.

"There's probably no finish line or peak on that mountain, but you can always attempt to look in their eyes more deeply, open yourself up more fully and get more specifically interested in them and take a journey," he told Little White Lies magazine when quizzed on how well people can know one another.

"Are there dangers in that? Well, I think the greater danger is to not go on the journey, to avoid that. Therein lies the real danger. It can be messy. It can be upsetting. It can be frightening, but I think your connection with other people is certainly one of the ways in which you can maximise this delicious and mysterious opportunity of being here."

Jeff plans to instil this outlook on his little boy Charlie Ocean, who he and his 33-year-old wife Emilie Livingston welcomed in July 2015. However the star, who will soon be seen in sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, isn't sure about encouraging his son to follow in his footsteps as an actor.

"I would share my passion for it and the fun that I've had and the challenges and the pitfalls of it, but I would be much more interested in seeing and learning what he's interested in naturally," Jeff explained. "That would be fascinating to me and it certainly wouldn't have to be... No, I wouldn't recommend acting over anything else. I would just take my cue from him."

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