Exclusive interview with actor Freddy Giorlando

Exclusive interview with actor Freddy Giorlando

In an exclusive interview, Flickering Myth sat down with Freddy Giorlando to talk about acting, life in Los Angeles and Hollywood filmmaking…

Photo credit: Joanna Degeneres

Hi Freddy, welcome to Flickering Myth! How has your family reacted to your career choice and your successes in the entertainment industry? Was it always your dream to be an actor?

Thank you for having me, I am grateful to be able to share my story on your platform. My family has always been very supportive of my choice to become an actor, even when I started producing films they supported me along the way. I am very grateful for the love and support of my family.

My mom always taught me that I can do anything as long as I have a positive attitude and vision. Its motto is PPP: “Pray, Positive and Imagine”. She instilled the spirit that helped shape who I continue to become. My dad always reminded me to work hard and strive to be the best at what I did. I get my work ethic from him. I have a great relationship with my two younger brothers. They continue to support me and have always been by my side throughout my journey. I am very grateful to have the family that I have. They mean a lot to me. My pride, joy and fuel for everything I do is my 14 year old son Anthony. He is a constant reminder to stay on my path and keep fighting. I want to be an example for him that everything in this life is possible with hard work, faith and vision.

To be honest, it wasn’t always a dream of mine to be an actor. With that being said, I always did plays in school growing up and really enjoyed performing. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I decided to give my acting career a chance. I ended up going to my first acting class on my 21st birthday. It’s been a wonderful journey to say the least. Acting has helped me to perceive myself as an individual and continues to do so. I really enjoy working with great people and all I want to do is keep improving as an actor and as a person, keep learning and growing.

Congratulations on your role in “Replica”. Can you tell us about the role you played?

Thanks! The role was a fun role. I play this Boomer character. Who is a neo-Nazi thug most of the time. The character appears in a pivotal scene that connects the two main characters for the rest of the film. I don’t want to say too much, because I don’t want to reveal too much. We premiered in October at the Chelsea Film Festival for their 10th anniversary, so I’m excited for that.

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How did you prepare as an actor?

For a role like that, I just ask myself what I want in the scene, prepare well and try to let go of the day and be present. I love the aspect of incorporating characters from different walks. I get to know a lot about myself and others in the process. Ultimately, though, for me it’s just a matter of telling the truth and being of service to the story while working with the director and my co-stars. It’s a team game.

Do you have a specific genre of film that you prefer? If yes, can you explain?

I’ve always been intrigued by Dramas and Rom Drams. I love stories that shed light on the human condition and also clarify and raise awareness of topics that aren’t always talked about. I love inspirational movies as well as good old classic movies from back in the day. I spend most of my Sundays resting if I can and watching movies all day. Movies are very therapeutic for me and have always played a big role in my life. For as long as I can remember, I went to the movies to lose myself in the world. I used to watch movies as a kid over and over with my grandfather because he always recorded them for me and I would watch them over and over with him on VHS. Same thing with my father. He would take me to the cinema to watch great movies like Forrest Gumpsnext to Private Ryan and others still very young. That’s one way my dad and I connected. I love movies and everything about them.

Are there any actors or directors you would love to work with in the future? Any actors you’d like to play alongside?

There’s a lot and a ton! The list is endless to be honest. I am truly inspired and in awe of the work of many great filmmakers and actors. Some directors that come to mind are Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, David O’Russell, Cameron Crowe, Richard Linklater, Paul Thomas Anderson, Damian Chazelle and the Safdie brothers. I started working with Mr. Scorsese in the pilot episode of the HBO Show Vinyl, but would really love to go into depth with him on something else. For me to choose actors is very difficult, many people impress me, but if I had to choose a few I would say Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Bradley Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. I would really love to work with the newer actors that have come into the industry over the last 5-10 years and recently like Jon Bernthal, Jonathan Majors, LaKeith Stanfield, Glenn Powell, Ana De Armas and Anya Taylor-Joy.

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We understand that you also produce films. Talk about some of your most recent?

Well, as of now I have 5 projects I’ve acted in and/or produced that are currently running on the film festival circuit. I’m equally proud of them all. Last year I was able to produce and act in my first feature “Replica” that we just talked about, in addition to producing two films american hero and Be Blessed when acting in the movies above the horizon and The well.

I currently have my production company Shicken Productions specializing in Film/TV, Events and Marketing, as well as partnering with Manny Mccord and Josh Ehrhardt with our company Crimson Moon Cinema, which has really moved forward in the last year. We get involved in narrative films as well as commercials and documents as well.

I love producing projects that I believe in and most importantly producing with good people. The meaning of “success” for me right now is being blessed to be able to wake up another day to do what I love, with the people I love so I can take care of the people I love. As a producer, I want to create innovative change, but also continue to bring quality work to the big screen. The current landscape is now super saturated and everyone is consuming content at the most incredible rate anyone has ever done with streaming platforms and this creates an opportunity for more storytelling creators. These are exciting times now! I’m just here to do my part in whatever way I can, ensuring quality stories continue to be told to the public.

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I am currently editing my first film that will make my directorial debut entitled oh johnny and I’m hooked up as a producer on a comedy drama. Stay tuned for them!

Do you like to take a break in front of the camera?

Honestly, I consider myself a workaholic. I love working and seeing things manifest and come to fruition. In addition to being in front of the camera, I enjoy producing and working with good people and helping people. If I’m not acting or producing, I’m just trying to improve as a person so I can bring my best to those around me. I like to connect the dots and help others. This satisfies me a lot. Vacations don’t make any sense to me now. I have my day off I take my time to relax and enjoy movies when I can but other than that I love what I do so every day is a great adventure. I am blessed to be able to work when I can!

Finally, any advice you would give to any actor trying to break into the entertainment industry?

I just tell new actors who want to make an impact to work hard, have faith, and stick to their vision. Constantly make consistent choices daily that align with your mission and purpose. I truly believe that anything is possible. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to enjoy the process, so I’d also say enjoy the adventure. That journey is what makes you become the person you set out to be. Trust the process… Gods got you.

How can people find and follow your journey?

You can follow me on social media @freddygiorlando. I’m more active on Instagram, so be sure to contact me there.

Thank you so much for your time and opportunity for my story to be heard!

Our thanks to Freddy Giorlando for taking the time for this interview and Liz Rodriguez from EMR Media for helping us with the interview.

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