Among hundreds of candidates, Madonna chose Goran Visnjic, the dark-haired actor from Sibenik. In the autumn of 1998, the pop queen recorded her latest song ‘The Power of Goodbye’ and was looking for a handsome actor to be in the video and his face came right into her head. Madonna’s lover in the video is played by Croatian actor Goran Visnjic, who was selected by the singer after she saw his acting in the British film, Welcome to Sarajevo (1997). Calling him “the sexiest male working today.”
The song ‘The Power of Goodbye’ became a huge hit, and Goran Visnjic had his big Hollywood entrance. The video shows Madonna and Visnjic playing chess and ultimately the singer destroying the chess board, symbolizing an end to their relationship.
As soon as they finished filming, a new offer arrived for Goran Visnjc. The Croatian actor was offered to play a role in one of the most watched American TV series ER.
When my agent called me and told me about a new engagement, I asked her, “Wait, do you mean the” ER “?” In the next second, I said yes. I had watched that series during my studies, and now I will be a part of it – said Goran Visnjic over the phone and immediately started packing his suitcase.
Shortly afterward, his fiancée Ivana Vrdoljak, today, Eva Visnjic, daughter of the famous Croatian director Antun Vrdoljak, joined him in the United States. The couple got married in Los Angeles on May 8, 1999.
The actor is best known as Dr. Luka Kovac, appearing in 185 episodes of ER for a period of eight years. His glory grew from day to day. Goran Visnjic was named People magazine’s Sexiest Import in 1999 and “One of TV’s Sexiest Men”, and had regular guest appearances in some of the most popular TV shows.
From Madonna, who dubbed him ‘the sexiest male working today’ after featuring him in her video The Power of Goodbye; to American Vogue, which called him ‘Croatia’s answer to Tom Cruise’, there’s no doubt that this actor has something special that makes everyone bow down to his charm.
Today Goran Visnjic is the most famous Croatian American actor, playing the villain Garcia Flynn in NBC’s newest time-travel drama ‘Timeless’.