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Films Royale Interviews Ad Men Actor Gio Castellano

Tell us a little about yourself.
My parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico. They moved to Brooklyn, NY, in the mid 1960’s, where I was born. We moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts when I was only four years old and that’s where I was raised.

I am fluent in Spanish; we spoke mostly Spanish at home. I was a part of the ESL program in school and learned English along the way. I began taking English-only classes after fourth grade and excelled in class throughout high school.

I have three older brothers and two younger sisters, and I now have four daughters; Kailey, Shanni, Gianna and Dianaliz.

How did you get into acting?
About nine years ago I was a bit depressed about where I was at that point in my professional life. I hated my job - I had a decent job and was making a decent wage, but something big was missing and it was really eating away at me.

I asked myself the simplest question: what would you love to do for the rest of your life that would make you completely happy? The first and only honest answer I could blurt out was “ACTING.”

I had always dreamed of being an actor, but I immediately began to look for excuses as to why I couldn’t and shouldn’t pursue that dream. But I caught myself just in time, forced myself to be honest and realized I had always been too afraid. I had always thought there was no way I could ever begin and was full of dumb excuses, which stopped me before I could even try. So I decided at that moment I would change that.

I immediately bought a book called Breaking into Acting for Dummies. I read it cover to cover and began applying everything I learned. Two days later I bought another book called Act Now and did the same. Interestingly enough, a few months later, I was in my English Composition class in college and we watched the first half of The Pursuit of Happyness. The movie had such an enormous impact on me that when class ended I knew I would never return to school again.

I knew I needed to completely dedicate myself to becoming a professional actor. That was the REAL moment where I not only knew I would pursue acting, but when I understood that acting was my calling. There was no going back. The next day I began submitting for student films and two weeks later I auditioned for two short films at Tufts University. I was cast in both. And so it all began.

Are there any actors that inspire you?
Al Pacino, Will Smith, Jimmy Smits, Daniel Day Lewis and Jake Gyllenhaal to name a few. Each one is tremendously talented and extremely hard working. They seem so dedicated to their craft, yet they are very different from one another and I find that fascinating.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
I work out, I enjoy watching the UFC, playing basketball and playing video games from time to time. More than anything I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Tell us about your character in Ad Men.
Senor Lopez is the very successful CEO of the finest Tequila and Mezcal in all of Mexico. He is a true professional who likes the finest things in life. He is a bit arrogant, only trusts himself and most of all, he doesn’t take any shit… well, that is until he meets the Ad Men. It was so much fun to play him.

What is your favorite film genre?
I really enjoy Dramas; Mystery Dramas, Crime Dramas and Suspense/Thriller. I love stories with a good solid plot where the strong acting pulls me in effortlessly. I tend to study the actors’ choices and learn a great deal from them.

I am not a huge fan of action-packed movies, but I do enjoy comedies from time to time. And I absolutely LOVE all kinds of documentaries too.

Your favorite film characters?
Tony Montana in Scarface, John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Ajax in The Warriors, Rocky Balboa in Rocky and Detective Alonzo Harris in Training Day.

Your favorite scene in Ad Men?
The tequila worm scene, of course!

How would you explain the film to someone who hasn't seen it?
Funny, wacky, wild and fun… just watch it!

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
Head over to my website: www.giocastellano.com, or visit IMDB.

Films Royale Interviews Ad Men Actor Douglas Rubin

Tell us a little about yourself.
I recently received my PhD in Physics, focusing on cosmology - the study of the early universe. I currently work as a data scientist in New York City.

How did you get into acting?
I got into acting during grad school while I was studying for my PhD. My research was in theory, which meant I spent most of my day locked in my office, writing out equations and staring at computer code, which honestly got lonely at times. I craved more interaction and opportunities to physically express myself.

I had always been interested in film, so I thought it might be a good idea to take an introductory acting class. I instantly loved it and have been acting for years now - I haven't looked back.

Are there any actors that inspire you?
Some actors who inspire me, in no particular order, include: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling, Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Christian Bale and John Cazale. Also - and I know this is probably an unconventional choice - I'm inspired by Larry David. He is a comedic genius and a great improvisational actor.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
Besides acting, I am somewhat of a cinephile. I’m also a fitness fanatic and dabble a bit in body building and power lifting.

Tell us about your character in Ad Men.
My character in Ad Men is Francois, a French businessman who is in need of a commercial for his clothing line.  His penchant for the Ad Men's brand of humor leads to some very poor business decisions.

What is your favorite film genre?
I love all types of film. What matters most to me is that there is a compelling story with interesting characters, and that the directing and acting are on point. That said, on a Saturday night, I'd typically pick a heavy drama over anything else. Incidentally, my favorite scenes in which to act are also heavy-ish dramas.

Your favorite film characters?
My favorite film characters tend to be somewhat masculine and completely deranged, like Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, and Robert De Niro in Raging Bull.

Your favorite scene in Ad Men?
My favorite scene in Ad Men is definitely the dancing scene in the company van, and Sala's attempt at rationalizing what goes on in there. Nick Dayal nailed that character; he is absolutely hilarious.

How would you explain the film to someone who hasn't seen it?
The film is a short comedy about three buddies trying to make it in the advertising business. They have trouble retaining clients though, because of their odd sense of humor and the fact that they can't seem to have a single meeting without being hungover.

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
You can find my work at http://neactor.com/profile/DouglasRubin and www.flickpredict.net

Films Royale Interviews Ad Men Actress Ally Matteodo

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Ally Matteodo and I grew up in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Our claim to fame is that we're exactly 26 miles outside of Boston and the start of the Boston marathon! I lived in Los Angeles after I graduated from Boston University, and moved back to the East Coast around 4 years ago. I love to perform, and enjoy entertainment and story-telling across all mediums.

I work as a Standardized Patient, which means I help medical students, residents, nurses and doctors hone their interviewing and diagnostic skills in simulated clinical exam settings. Usually I'm given a scenario with a basic complaint (i.e. stomach ache for three days) and a profile of the patient I'll be playing, including family history, past medical history, allergies, etc. Then, I'll use that information to effectively play the character opposite the medical student. It's a terrific job for actors!

How did you get into acting?
I was first bitten by the acting bug in fifth grade, when I played Rose in the musical Oliver Twist. I strayed from acting over the years as I pursued behind-the-scenes work at times, but over the years I've realized performing is my first and greatest love. I began pursuing acting in earnest when I returned to Boston; one of my first gigs was in an improv troupe that performed at Umbria Prime's nightclub!

Are there any actors that inspire you?
There are so many, but some of the first ones that come to mind are Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Taylor, Brie Larson, Richard Burton, Michael Fassbender, Matt Damon, Gary Oldman and Chris Cooper.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
One of my favorite things to do is read; my interests span genres and fiction/non-fiction.  I'm currently reading John Grisham's Sycamore Row, a sequel to A Time to Kill. This reading is interspersed with routine consumption of newspapers, as well as Time, Glamour and Allure magazines.

I'm a huge animal lover and have an English bulldog named Henry that I love to romp and play with.  I watch anything that appears on PBS WGBH's show Nature, and I go to the zoos in New England routinely in the spring, summer and fall.  I’ve also been taking karate for a few years; a couple of months ago, I finally graduated from a white belt to an orange belt!

Tell us about your character in Ad Men.
My character, Crystal, is picked up by Sala on the street. Sala likes to drive around all day in a huge van, and he invites girls to dance in the van with him. Crystal shares the same enthusiasm for dancing and music as he does, so she readily agrees to dance in the van. During an important presentation to a potential client, Sala mistakenly shows footage of him dancing with Crystal, instead of the demo television ad.

What is your favorite film genre?
Film noir. I love femme fatales and hard-boiled detectives, and some of my favorite movies are film noirs/neo-noirs (Body Heat, The Maltese Falcon, Sunset Boulevard, Chinatown).

Your favorite film characters?
What first comes to mind is Steve McQueen as the titular character in Bullitt, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind and Angelina Jolie in Maleficent.

Your favorite scene in Ad Men?
I really enjoy the scene where Logan needs help moving out of his girlfriend’s place, and his friends Hal and Sala drop his filing cabinet out the window. It's a great piece of physical comedy – it’s just so absurd.

How would you explain the film to someone who hasn't seen it?
I would say it's kind of like Mad Men meets The Office. These three friends, Logan, Hal, and Sala, run an advertising agency. Despite the fact that they are fairly hapless, they manage to attract a big client and score a large payday.

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
You can check out my reel at https://youtu.be/nGbMCPuW0hU and my IMDB page at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4358213. Feel free to say hi on Stage 32 too, a networking site for creatives everywhere!

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Films Royale Interviews Dominick Gray

Tell us about your involvement in Polypore.
After working on a few short films with Films Royale, I was commissioned to do a large portion of the Polypore score. I worked on the main theme, as well as several pieces that fit directly into scenes within the film.

What is your favorite film genre?
Probably the ones that mix a bit of humor with drama - think Coen Brothers or Wes Anderson.

Your favorite film character?
It's a toss-up between HAL-9000, Travis Bickle and Steve Zissou.

Your favorite scene in Polypore?
Lloyd Kaufman's cameo! And the animation sequence…

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
To discover my work, please check out:

vimeo.com/dominickgray
soundcloud.com/dominickgray
dominickgraymusic.com

Films Royale Interviews Patrick Watson

Tell us a little about yourself.
My dad was a pianist and conductor; my mum was a ballet dancer. I was born and raised in England before moving to Germany and finally settling in the United States. In high school, I was really into music and theater, then in college I gained a lot of experience composing and arranging for voices.

Since graduating, I've fallen into various lines of musical work - as a music director, teacher, accompanist, freelance arranger - and in film scoring. I have a sexy wife and two amazing kids, and we have a cat named Mozart.

How did you get into filmmaking?
We had a huge VHS collection when I was a kid. I loved movies and telling stories - I even drew my own comics. In middle school I learned a little Flash and made some small political shorts. Later, I got into acting and directed a play for a high school competition - my production of "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet" took the top prize.

After arranging extensively for a cappella groups in college and getting familiar with Sonar, I wanted to see if I could do film scores, so I started connecting with filmmakers at UMass Amherst. I joined the film club, where I did the music for a documentary on loopholes in gun laws, and a short film about a man with the inability to recognize faces. One of the leaders of the club connected me with Jesse Barack, and I've been composing on and off with Films Royale and other filmmakers ever since, working on several shorts, ads and feature films.

Are there any filmmakers that inspire you?
I can usually find something to appreciate about all filmmakers. The wonder of Spielberg, the perfectionism of Kubrick, the genius of Hitchcock, the beauty and occasional terror of Guillermo del Toro, the banter of Tarantino, the grandeur of James Cameron, the bravery of Julie Taymor… heck, even the bombast of Michael Bay! There's something to learn from everyone, even if it's what not to do.

As far as music goes, I think the Spielberg/John Williams collaborations may never be matched. However, I love what I'm hearing from the collaborations between J.J. Abrams and Michael Giacchino.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
It's weird, but I'm pretty into astrology. It's not just sun signs in your newspaper horoscope, it's an ancient system of interpreting celestial movements as signs for what happens here on Earth in society and individual lives. It's very precise, dependent on your exact birth date, time and location.

I wrote for a blog called politicalastrologyblog.com and our (accurate) prediction of the 2012 presidential election outcome was covered by ABC and Fox. I told you it was weird!

Tell us about your involvement in Polypore.
I was asked by Jesse to provide some music for Polypore back in 2011. Although it was in conjunction with several other musicians, eventually my contributions expanded to include a good majority of the film's music.

It took nearly two years, because the film was still being made and produced; Jesse would send me his thoughts about what the music should be like, or he would leave it open. I'd send him a draft, he'd send it back with some comments, I'd change it up a bit, rinse and repeat until we got what we needed. Sometimes I'd nail it first time, others took longer to resolve, especially as edits to scenes of the film were made, but we got there in the end.

What was amazing about the process, was that we got it done entirely over email! It might have been easier in person, but it was nice to have his thoughts in writing. That way, I could always come back to them when I was at a loss or when I'd forgotten where I'd started from.

What is your favorite film genre?
My favorite movie genre is sci-fi/fantasy. I love movies that explore profound questions and make you reflect on yourself, and allow you to immerse yourself in another world. I also love comedies and action movies.

Your favorite film character?
One of my favorite film characters is George McFly, played by Crispin Glover in Back to the Future. I have a bunch of others, but I'll leave it at that.

Your favorite scene in Polypore?
My favorite scene in Polypore is probably the anime sequence. It's not an overdone thing in movies yet, so it was a cool addition to the movie. I also love Lloyd Kaufman's scene - such a cool cameo and he had some great lines.

Where do you see Films Royale going in the future?
I see Films Royale doing really well if it keeps up its output, especially in the emerging media markets of web series and streaming service exclusives like Netflix, Amazon… even Yahoo is getting in on the act!

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
Unfortunately, I haven't put out much new stuff recently (just for now!), because I'm busy with my new job as a music teacher and with babies at home. However, you can find some more of my work on https://www.youtube.com/user/PatrickWatson. Thanks for the interview!

Films Royale Interviews Polypore Actress Sarah Nicklin

Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I'm an actor :) I currently live in Los Angeles, however previously I worked on the East Coast in New England for a while. I've done lots of work in indie films, which I really love; I have a background in stage and a BA in acting from Emerson College.

How did you get into acting?
I started acting for a boy! I had a huge crush on the child star Jonathan Taylor Thomas as a kid, and I thought that the best way to meet him was to become a famous actress. Then we would do a movie together and surely fall in love and get married. If I was going to be this big famous actress, I needed to get started as soon as possible. So when an opportunity arose to do a school play in the 6th grade, I signed up immediately and haven't looked back since.

Are there any actors that inspire you?
All of them. Of course I have my favorites like Gary Oldman, Daniel Day Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a bunch more, but seriously every actor inspires me. If you're an actor and you're hustling and putting yourself out there to get work, that is a major accomplishment and a big inspiration to me - especially at the lower levels. Seeing actors do great work makes me want to work that much harder and keep pushing forward.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
It feels like all I do is work, ha! Between my day job, acting gigs, running casting director workshops, auditions, working out and trying to make it to events to support friends’ work, I have so little free time these days. But if I had more time, I like pretty much anything to do with the outdoors. I love camping - getting away from cities, cell phones and computers. I also like making my own clothes and writing.

Tell us about your character in Polypore.
I play the chiropractor. A young man in need of medical attention suddenly appears in my office thinking I'm a doctor. Shortly after, some guys in suits show up chasing him. I'm completely confused by the whole encounter and totally useless in helping the kid that showed up in my office.

What is your favorite film genre?
I like dark dramas and thrillers… bonus points if there is a romantic element involved too!

Your favorite film character?
Based on my favorite genre, the first one that comes to mind is Eric Draven from The Crow, but I'm not sure if he's really my all-time favorite. There are too many good ones to really choose!

Your favorite scene in Polypore?
Same answer as above! That's like asking a parent to choose their favorite child.

Where do you see Films Royale going in the future?
Hopefully you guys are gonna continue to make awesome indie films. It's a really tough market right now, but we need more indie films to supplement the CGI-centric dreck that Hollywood is pumping out.

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
You can find a list of my films and where you can see them on the Projects page of my website: www.sarahnicklin.com

Films Royale Interviews Polypore actor Vania Bezerra

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I worked as an actress and model before enrolling in law school. I thought my acting background would be an asset in the courtroom, but it really just reminded me of what my heart wanted, so I moved to New York City to expand my opportunities in the entertainment industry.

How did you get into acting?
It was something I really wanted to do, I knew it when I was really young, and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way. You know those things you want so much you’d do anything? I knew my parents maybe weren’t going to be supportive, so I decided to enroll in acting classes without their permission. They’re absolutely supportive now, of course, but at the time I wasn’t so sure. It was something I just felt compelled to do.

Are there any actors that inspire you?
I love Kate Winslet, Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore specifically, because each of them take on challenging, dark roles that allow them to go places they probably don’t in their non-acting lives. I love the courage of a metamorphosis like that, how easily they slip into characters so different from themselves. I love how freeing that feels as an actress, and those are the kind of roles I like for myself as well. I also really loved the innocence of Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias. That was one of the first movies that moved me, and her part was one I could see myself playing.

Do you have any other fun hobbies?
I love to travel. Seeing new places never loses its excitement. I really like to take cooking classes when I do visit new places, so that I can share the experience with my friends when I get home. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a culture than through its foods, and sharing those flavors with my friends is one of the ways I show them how much I love them.

Tell us about your character in Polypore.
I play a film blogger who sits down to interview Mr. Kaufman, a film director who is working on a zombie movie. The interview is fast-paced and packed with elements of farce – especially when our sit-down is infiltrated by a key chase scene, so it was a really fun role. I was the sane one surrounded by lunacy.

What is your favorite film genre?
I wouldn’t say I have a favorite genre, per se. I just really like interesting stories. If the story is compelling, it doesn’t really matter if it’s a comedy or a drama or an action flick. A great story can cross genres.

Your favorite film character?
I just watched Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and am so drawn to characters like that, so vulnerable and complex and well crafted. Kate Winslet’s role in Little Children was so dark and intense, really packed with emotions. I also loved the substance of Michelle Williams’ role of an angst-filled wife in Blue Valentine.

Your favorite scene in Polypore?
I love the first scene, when the main character realizes he has telepathy he never asked for.

Where do you see Films Royale going in the future?
Jesse Barack is so young to have accomplished so much. He’s really a great writer and director, and also a very cool guy. The company has several films under its belt. I predict nothing but good things given the talent and drive behind the scenes.

Thanks for the interview, where can our fans see more of your work?
Thanks so much to you, as well! You can visit my website, vaniabezerra.com, to learn more about me and my work.