Hi Antonio, it’s great catching up with you again. Lets talk about some of your biggest milestones and inspirations behind your acting career.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I started performing when I was 12 years old in middle school. I think I took a monologue class and got to bring in some pretty awesome ones from movies like Kill Bill, that was a lot of fun. I think I was always very expressive as a kid, I had a lot of energy and hated being confined to a classroom so I think acting is where I found my drive and happiness,
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I know it sounds cliche but I am in awe of Meryl Streep. I can watch her snippets in Kramer Vs Kramer a hundred times over and never get bored. I don’t even see her acting choices when she is performing. She plays her characters with such dignity, such strength.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I went to a performing arts high school when I was 14 years old and then was actually the youngest kid to get accepted into the drama program at Carnegie Mellon University. I think they get over 2000 applicants every year for their conservatory program and I was 1 of 9 boys so that was very exciting.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
When I was in school I did an adaptation of Macbeth by Ionesco, I got to play a crazier, more humor driven version of Macbeth. One minute he is crying and the next he is laughing, it was a really fun experience for sure.
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
Thinking off the top of my head, probably getting to work with Marianne Elliott a few weeks ago when I was in New York for the final callbacks of Curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. The character is such a joy to play and it was just overall a great experience.
What projects do you have coming up?
I am actually heading back to Boston in August to shoot the second part of the web series that I am in, Ms. Guidance. I am also looking forward to the premiere of my movie, which is coming out in August.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I would love to work with Jennifer Lawrence. She seems so down to earth and looks like she has a lot of fun on set. Being on set can be so taxing at times, it takes so long to set up a shot and all that stuff, it’s always nice to have good people around that can make you laugh.
What are your plans for the future?
To just continue working on the things I’ve been working on. I know they are already talking about making some sequels to the movie, so that’s good. But for now, just keeping on auditioning and trying to follow great projects and work hard.