How is your name pronounced?
When is your birthday? Aug
How tall are you? 6.2
What is your eye color?
Are you married or single?
*please see second question and do
the math... : )
What was your first acting job?
Italian TV Show named "Distretto Di Polizia"
where I played a drug addict
Do you have any hobbies and if
so, what are they? I'm a ski, and Yoga
fanatic. Spending time with my friends and cooking for them in my loft
is my favorite thing to do.
Where do you see yourself in
ten years? I see myself a bit more
settled, I want kids cause I grew up in a big family being the 2nd of
four... I wouldn't know where but I'd love to give my kids the chance of
growing up in both Europe and US.
Do you have any pets? Yes
I have a big Husky Dog in Italy his name is Wally...
What is your
Tough question... I listen to
everything from R&B to Electronica... Some names, Mirways, Coldplay,
REM, Madonna, Missy Elliot, as I said everything
Actor... Johnny Depp Cause
I always liked his choices, from the way he picks a part to the way he
plays it, so unconventional... brilliant.
Actress....Julia Roberts I
know I know I should have come up with somebody more intense but taking
nothing away from the great leading ladies from the past and present...
I simply lose my mind when I see Julia Roberts. I'll see her movies in
the theatre at least a couple of times...
So many good ones...
Recent- Moulin Rouge
Dated- Who's afraid of
Friends, Will and Grace.. Cannot live without
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I was born in Italy. I was raised there. I came to
New York when I was 19. I came over to work in the textile business. I'm a
textile engineer with a specialization in marketing and I came out to work
for a textile company which was doing business development with different
companies like DKNY, the French Connection, and Banana Republic.
New York, New York, it's
a Heck of a Town
In New York, you get exposed to a certain
group of people that you would never get exposed to in Italy. Coming from
Florence, nobody's an actor that I knew growing up. This is not really a
career. But, I didn't grow up wanting to be an actor. I grew up wanting to
be in New York. I was four, they said, what do you want to do? I said,
"Live in New York." I didn't know what I would be doing, I just
wanted to live in New York. And here, you get exposed to the art circle of
people, and it's something that I became interested in and wanted to check
out. I audited a few classes and it became clear to me that that's really
what I wanted to do. It was like, oh my God, I really want to do this. And
being in another business allowed me to.
To me, the job I used to do came pretty easy,
and acting was a challenge. I've always been known to really push myself.
Most of the people I went to school with now, at my age, still live with
their parents. And to me, it was really about settling myself. I wanted to
live in New York, and I wanted to live in SoHo. So, I took a really raw
space, like a warehouse, and I fixed it all up myself -- from putting up
walls to doing all the wiring, and I put in a kitchen. I worked a lot and
hard. And I think I needed that because when I came to New York, my mom
had passed away. She was very young. She was 45. She died in an accident.
She was in interior design, and so I wanted to do a little bit of what she
did. I needed a place that I could be busy on so I didn't really have to
deal with that. It kept me busy so I didn't have the time to really get
depressed. I always had a project. I always had a wall to paint. I always
had a wall to put up. And it made me find myself. I guess when something
like that happens to you at such an age -- and I was in New York when it
happened. I was in New York for business, and I was here for a couple of
months and that's when it happened. I went back to Italy for two months,
and I knew when I came back here it was going to be a big change. I wanted
to make a big change, and I wanted to set a new standard for what I wanted
Luckily, I had some money put away so I could
take off six months and see if acting was really what I wanted to do. And
of course when I realized that that's really what I wanted to do, the
whole thing changed. I started bell hopping at a hotel and I started doing
the whole actor thing. I gave up a lot, in a way. Definitely the life
style. I had to rent out one of the rooms in my loft!
I read this book. It's about an Italian kid
who isolated himself, who locked himself in a trailer parked outside of
his family's house because he wanted to write, because he couldn't deal
with the beauty of the world. And I thought, well, I guess my trailer's
just a little bit bigger, and it's called New York. I wanted to separate
myself from everything. My hometown, which is actually four miles north of
Florence, it's a one-industry town. Everybody's in textiles. My dad has a
textile mill. Everybody knows everybody because of their family business.
So, definitely, when my mom passed away there was a stereotype. I didn't
want to be that. I didn't want to be the guy who's mom died in a really
horrible accident. It made me more fearless. I just realized that I should
have done what I wanted to do because life is short and you don't really
know what's going to happen next. As far as acting, I didn't know anything
about it. Everyone in my class was so intense and they've done this and
that, and I kind of walked into this room a month into the class. The
class had already started, so everybody already knew each other, and I was
just like, "Oh s---."
Head of the Class
Ron Stetson is an incredible acting coach. He
wasn't afraid to say, "That sucked." The first year of the
program, there were ten of us. The second year only five of us got invited
back. So, it was definitely kind of intense. I'm a go-getter. I've
bypassed a lot of tests in life because I definitely have a confidence
that I exuded when I was in business. Even though I was a 23 year old, I
ran a business, and I had people working for me who were in their fifties.
So I knew how to deal with that. I was confident after what I'd done in
business to start all over again and be the idiot of the town. Because
where I was in Ron's class, I really didn't know my a-- from a hole in the
wall. And for two years, Ron never really gave me a break. Until the last
day of my classes. He said to me, "You're the smartest actor I've
ever met. Just go out there and get a career. You don't need to go study
with anyone anywhere else because I'm telling you, you can act. Now, just
go out there and get it." It was quite a stunning revelation for me,
so I went out there and tried to make it happen.
Do You Speak Acting?
It's really hard in America to put yourself
out there, being Italian. When I came to New York, I didn't speak English.
I had somebody translate everything. To me, English sounded just like a
noise. I remember my first few days in acting class where we did all these
exercises recognizing behavior. I didn't know half of those words, like bewildered
or sulking. I would go home and look them up in the dictionary. My
friend, Rhonda, she's the head of product development at Victoria's
Secret. She's a big corporate fashion woman. When I first decided to act
she sat me down and said, "Luca, you want to become an actor? I don't
even understand half the things you say!" That was two years ago,
before I took speech and diction and all that.
Sex and the Single Guy
I went to Italy last year, and by chance I
got a big film out there that turned out to be the biggest film in Italy
this year. It's called The Blind Fairies. It's going to be released
out here in the fall. And it went to Berlin for the festival. Have you
heard of Steam? Same director. So I did that. And two weeks later
an audition for Sex in the City came along, and that was
incredible. It was such a great experience for me to work with Alan
Cummings, and with Sarah Jessica (Parker) and Kim Cattrall, and to work
with Michael Patrick King, an incredible writer and director. I love all
of his work. I knew Michael Patrick for his work developing Will and
Grace and writing the entire first season of Sex in the City,
which is a really fun show. Afterwards, I went to Italy to shoot a TV show
and then came back to New York for the première of my Sex in the City
episode, and then a week later, (ATWT Casting Director) Jimmy Bohr called
Forget Me Not
I went in, and it was like Dead Man
Walking . At World Turns, they use the rehearsal hall for
auditions, which if you walk up the stairs, it's this long hallway, and
it's all grey, and I only saw the chair at the end of the hall. The door
was open, and the chair was facing to the left, and I walk in and there
are like 12 people sitting down, and I'm like, "Oh s---, this is
it." My first audition I thought I did great. My second audition I
completely forgot my lines -- all of them. And I just made it up. I
remember the assistant in casting, she's walking me out and she's just
like, "You did great, you made all of that up, didn't you?" And
I was like, "Yeah, I didn't remember anything!" And she's like,
"I think you'll be fine." And actually, by the time I walked out
of the building, I was walking back to the F train on Ave. M, my agent
called me and said, "You got it!" And I was on this block in
Brooklyn, and I wanted to hug someone.
Getting to Know You
I started taping two weeks ago with Martha
(Byrne), who is incredible. It's kind of interesting to play an evil
person. I'm the kind of guy who sets bugs free. I don't even smash them. I
pick them up and I set them free out the window. And my first day on the
show, they had me try to strangle Martha Byrne. And I'm like
"Congratulations on your Emmy, I'm going to choke you now." It
was like, could you put a little bit less pressure on me? Could I not try
to strangle an award-winning actress on the first day of work, please? And
I had stunts to do. I had to jump out of this opera box. I got to deal
with a gun for the first time in my life. That's what I like about soaps.
It's crash therapy. You do it, and they go, "Oh, this is
perfect." And I was just like, "I only did it once. Can we do it
once more, please? Let's do it one more time just to make sure it's
okay." In film we'd get to do half a page a day, and then to work on
a soap where you get to run 70 pages a day. Today I'm taping 35 pages of
dialogue all on my own. I'm the most talkative villain on daytime. But,
what's great about TV is you get to work with a group of people who have
worked together for a long time, so you feel like you're really a guest in
a family. And the way they work together and the professionalism that I've
seen on As The World Turns is truly inspiring. To see these people
everyday going in there and making it happen. It's quite a miracle I