Introduce yourself in a few words : (profession, background, personality)
I am an actor , director, artist, writer and cultural entrepreneur. I am the son of a German mother and Italian father. Recently a journalist has defined me “an eclectic personality”
Tell us about how you started :
I began acting in my early childhood, but it wasn’t until high school that my experiences onstage made me understand that being an actor was what I really wanted to do. For my 16th birthday a friend gave me as a birthday present a book called Rebel, a biography of James Dean. That book made me dream about being at the Actors Studio and living in New York.
Why and how did you start in this field ?
I believe that one of the main reasons why I have chosen this path is based on the need to be recognized and appreciated for my sensitivity. I feel the need to tell my own truth to the public. At the age of 18, I moved to New York City to become a professional actor and to gain self-confidence.
What interests you / what are you working on in your art ?
As an actor I am interested in expressing the humanity of the characters I play. As a director I love to tell stories As a visual artist I start with an idea and then I follow my instinct to express it in a coherent form. As a cultural entrepreneur I create residency programs to foster a sense of community. As a writer I like to inform people about topics I am exploring.
What are the highlights of your career ?
As an actor: – I am currently competing for the David Di Donatello which is the most important italian film award. -Working with Gus Van Sant in Last Days. -Being at the Actors Studio at the age of 19.
As a cultural entrepreneur , having founded Art Aia – La Dolce Berlin.
As an artist , discovering my art practice as a visual artist and being listed on Google Arts & Culture among great artists.
As a director , having directed Lydia Biondi in Sola In Casa presented the Cherry Lane Theatre.
As a writer , having written the preface of the Italian version of Strasberg’s book.
Any plans, desires for the future ?
I am working on my art residency in Italy in order to create programs to raise audience consciousness about topics like global warming and climate change. I also would like to create a school about the liberal arts set in the country and of course I wish to get inspiring roles and be part of good art projects with interesting people.
What is the worst experience of your career ?
Panicking on set
What are the positive or negative aspects of your job ?
Positive : It is an exciting lifestyle that gives you an open minded perspective and also inspires the soul.
Negative : It is difficult in terms of money and the acting profession can be brutal.
Can you make a living from your art ?
I have had long periods of my life in which I could make a living from my art. Currently it is a bit difficult due to Pandemic. What are you passionate about / what do you stand for in life?
What are you passionate about / what do you stand for in life ?
I am committed to create the kind of connections between people that lead to collective civic action, political expression, community dialogue, and shared cultural experiences. I also promote sustainability and the need to preserve biodiversity.
“Don’t betray yourself to succeed and be a better person before being a better actor.”
What are your other interests, hobbies ?
Environmental issues, travelling, technology and the natural beauties of my home region.
What is/would be your motto ?
Find a good teacher, don’t betray yourself to succeed and be a better person before being a better actor.