Goran Visnjic Steps in Where Other Guys Leave Off
January 2005
Kristin Coronado

Credit: MarcySue

Call it Hollywood hunk amnesia: When Goran Visnjic takes a role left by a major star, we forget the guy before him. In 1999, he took up residency in a Clooneyless ER as dreamy Dr. Kovac, and six years later we can't imagine a sexier medicine man. This month, the 32 year-old steps into Ben Affleck's shoes as Jennifer Garner's love interest in the Daredevil spin-off Elektra as Mark Miller, a dad protecting his daughter from mobsters. Here, the Croatian charmer chats with Redbook about tough girls and the most baffling thing about women.

He doesn't mind when a woman is the hero:

"It was amazing watching Jennifer [Garner] do action sequences. When she does that kind of job, your ego is completely intact. I didn't feel like, "Oh my god, she's a girl and I'm a guy!" I was fine with it, trust me."

And he doesn't get performance anxiety around his predecessors (such as Affleck):

"You do a love scene like any other scene. If you're thinking about whether you should be intimidated or not, then you shouldn't take the job. You're just trying to do it the best you can. And if things are not functioning properly, somebody will tell you."

When he's not smooching on the set, he and Ivana (his wife of five years) are at home with their "babies":

"We love walking our dogs. Bugsy is a pug and Rommel is a little Pekingese. When Ivana adopted Rommel his name was Romeo, but he had some aggressiveness issues. I was like, "You can't call him Romeo - he's biting everyone around the house!" So we gave him the name Rommel, like the German general from the second World War. Now he's one of the sweetest dogs, but he still has the nasty name."

Now if only he could persuade Ivana to be punctual:

"I'm one of those people who is almost ridiculously on time. Girls have a little problem with [punctuality]. It's like, if you see two people who have a date and you see a guy waiting that's okay, but if you see a girl waiting then it's not! Ivana and I are working on it, but it's much better than it used to be."

Since moving to the States, the Croatian couple has adjusted to six-lane highways and Starbucks on every corner, but there is one Western beauty craze Goran doesn't get:

"People [in Croatia] are not that crazy about plastic surgery or implants. People are different. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, you know."