While Kieran continued to appear in a number of movies and TV series over the years, he said there were three projects that “have defined my life.” The first was This Is Our Youth, and the second was the film Igby Goes Down, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. While more job offers followed, Kieran wasn’t prepared for the attention that followed the 2002 movie.
“I was definitely not ready,” he said. “I would not have been able to handle it, and I think I knew that. I would not have been able to handle whatever kind of success or attention came from that. So I quite literally ran away from it.”
So it would be another 16 years before he found his third defining project: Succession. His role as Roman Roy earned him an Emmy nomination, and the show won Outstanding Drama Series last year. The third season of the HBO hit premieres this month.
“I’m trying to remember the exact moment it hit me,” he said. “I think it was at the end of the first season. I remember coming home and thinking, ‘This is what I want to do with my life. I think I want to be an actor.’ I was, like, 36. I’d already been doing it for 30 years.”