“You’re just kids.”
How many times have we heard this phrase repeated? Many, too many. But some rebel against it and they want to make clear that age doesn’t matter when you have talent, it doesn’t matter if we are kids or adults when it comes to showing how much we are worth, how much our passion and our personality count.
And it couldn’t be more accurate.
Matteo Oscar Giuggioli rebels against it: Matteo is an actor, one of those talents of the Italian scene to keep an eye on because he is destined to and already involved in great things. We will soon see Matteo in the Original Netflix film “Sotto il Sole di Riccione,” a project conceived and developed by young people to make us rediscover the lightness and light-heartedness of life. Still, Matteo is also a music lover and an artist in the constant search for a stimulus, a possibility to escape from himself and to transform himself.
Between a washing machine and the other, we let ourselves be involved in his world and his way of seeing things, confident that we will hear more and more about him. And it’s for his talent and vision that Matteo was our obvious choice for our April Cover Story.
What do you usually look for in a project? What is the thing that makes you say “yes”?
I look for the opportunity to escape from myself, to get away so that I can lose myself in another soul, brain and state of mind. I would like to have the chance to transform myself and to gain people’s trust. We, young people, can give much more than you think, we just need the chance to prove it. Then, of course, the script, the teamwork, the sensitivity and the motivations that revolve around a project.
As an actor, what has been the biggest challenge you have encountered so far and how did you overcome it?
As in any job, people’s wickedness and ignorance…watch out…we are no kids!
“We, young people, can give much more than you think, we just need the chance to prove it.”
“Sotto il Sole Di Riccione” nostalgically reminds us of the movies by the Vanzina brothers, but how does this Netflix production stand out in its uniqueness?
We have a big production and an executive producer who has made the filming experience extremely pleasant and stimulating. It will be a new and colorful project, imagined, conceived and developed by young people. It will be a fresh and new film that will make you want to leave the house, have a beer and face it all with a little more lightness.
What can you tell us about your character? How did you prepare yourself to play the role?
Unfortunately, I can’t share anything about it. However, I can tell you that he’s a real “character.”
“It will be a fresh and new film that will make you want to leave the house, have a beer and face it all with a little more lightness.”
How do you feel to be part of a Netflix production, which is one of the global phenomena of the last few years?
Honored and happy to have been part of it. I hope everything goes as it should, we all deserve it.
Directed by YouNuts, what was it like working with two directors?
YouNuts provided the movie with that vintage and colorful vibe. A vibe that takes us back in time a bit, towards the 80s, towards those colors and happy years, towards that simplicity and lightness, which are the symbol of a great historical period. This film will give us a light-hearted and carefree break, thanks to these guys, the crew, and the cast.
What music did you listen to get into the mood of the film?
A lot of rap and trap, for my character an overdose of Reggae and a general aura of indie.
“…for my character an overdose of Reggae and a general aura of indie.”
Your current favorite song?
“Scooby” by Ghali.
Speaking of music… In what era would you have liked to live? And if you could play a character from the world of music, who would it be?
The 60s… Woodstock. Probably Jim Morrison, in a raw and crude film, without fear of making it real, without fear of being exposed.
Which character would you like to play?
As said before, a character who can give me the opportunity to get away from myself.
What’s your happy place?
My home, my family, my friends.
What’s your favorite accent?
We Italians are lucky to live in a country full of dialects, accents and twang. Each dialect is a language in itself. I am not able to define one in particular as “my favorite.” But I cannot wait to show that I could be from any region of Italy.
What’s the last series you binge-watched?
Who’s your dream director?
Almodóvar, Tarantino, Anderson, Scorsese, Guadagnino… and, if he was still here, Fellini.
Your must-have on set:
Communication and courage.
Almodóvar, Tarantino, Anderson, Scorsese, Guadagnino, Fellini.
Epic fail on set:
Still waiting to have one. As soon as I do, I’ll call you.
If you could go to dinner with three people from the past / present / future, whom would you choose?
Stanley Kubrick, Jim Carrey and my future self, to ask him how things are going.
I would like to be more patient.
What’s next for Matteo?
“Sotto Il Sole Di Riccione” asides, the TV series “Vivi e Lascia Vivere” (“Live and Leave Live”) will air soon. It is directed by Pappi Corsicato and it’s a project I care about and believe in. I’m also filming a movie for the big screen which I still cannot talk about. However, I can tell you, with total certainty, that it will leave a good mark. And finally, at the moment I am busy with a big TV series which unfortunately I still cannot talk about either.
Photos and Video by Johnny Carrano.
Follow Matteo Oscar Giuggioli here.
Makeup by Claudia Raia.
Thanks to Lavanderia Acqua & Sapone
Suit: Fred Perry
Shirt: Simon Cracker
Total Look: Simon Cracker