Being a brand new identify in Hollywood isn’t any simple feat.
However for Eugenio Mastrandrea, a breakout position in entrance of an English-speaking viewers couldn’t have come at a greater time.
The Italian heartthrob is the star of Netflix’s sizzling new present “From Scratch” which has had its viewers crying rivers since touchdown on the streaming platform in late October.
“The story is painful and one thing that I feel must be heard by everybody,” Mastrandrea completely informed Web page Six. “Every considered one of us has skilled every of the characters. I felt loads of duty to inform Tembi’s [Locke’s] story.”
The 8-episode sequence follows the actual story of Tembi Locke’s New York Occasions best-selling novel of the identical identify. The e book tells the true story of Locke’s previous, the place she fell in love along with her late husband Saro.
Mastrandrea stars reverse Zoe Saldaña in “From Scratch.”AARON EPSTEIN/NETFLIX
Within the present, Amy Wheeler — performed by Zoe Saldaña — arrives in Florence, Italy, the place she meets Italian chef Lino, performed by Mastrandrea.
After falling in love, Lino relocates to Los Angeles to be with Amy, the place he needed to begin life … from scratch.
All through the course of the restricted sequence, the pair learns regarding information about Lino’s well being and discover out that his days are numbered.
Amy Wheeler (Saldaña) arrives in Florence, Italy falls in love with Italian chef Lino (Mastrandrea).AARON EPSTEIN/NETFLIX
Mastrandrea felt a right away connection to Lino, calling the position nothing wanting a “nice duty.”
“I first learn the e book after which I learn the script and I attempted to acquire from what was written all of the notes and solutions and the chances of creation,” Mastrandrea informed us. “I attempted to extract them from the e book and naturally, I shared with Tembi – or she shared with me – recollections, solutions and notes.
“The artistic course of was layer after layer. And naturally, the most important half was performing virtually every single day with Zoe. It was nice enjoyable so as to add layers,” he continued. “After we have been taking pictures the unhappy a part of the story – the moments of the sickness after which the method of dying – that month and a half was actually heavy for all of us. There have been superb and really emotional moments on set as a result of we have been portraying occasions that actually occurred.”
“The story is painful and one thing that I feel must be heard by everybody.”
Whereas working with “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Saldaña may appear to be a frightening expertise for a contemporary new actor on the block, Mastrandrea stated he couldn’t have had a greater on-screen associate.
“It was nice enjoyable working with Zoe,” he gushed. “I had an excellent actress, an excellent skilled, and a tremendous chief and colleague to work with and construct these two paths collectively.”
“She was so open and prepared to share [advice] with me. Working with superb actors is all the time easy – not simple – however easy. They bring about in a lot and you’ve got a lot to steal and observe,” he added.
The hit present follows love and loss, as Mastrandrea’s character Lino will get recognized with a uncommon most cancers.AP
As “From Scratch” continues to soar in viewing figures, Mastrandrea’s social media following follows go well with. The actor admitted it’s a “unusual” feeling when requested about his newfound fame.
“I don’t deal an excessive amount of with social media and I’m completely not a tech man as a result of me and expertise simply don’t get alongside,” he informed us. “I’m humbled and honored by the suggestions and messages concerning the present and that so many individuals are keen on what I do as an actor. I really feel blessed and flattered by that.”
Born and raised in Rome, Mastrandrea acquired a level as a theatre actor earlier than bagging a significant position within the Italian TV sequence “La Fuggitiva.”
His spectacular resume was solely made extra stately after he landed a task within the upcoming movie “Equalizer 3” — starring Denzel Washington.
As filming continues on location within the Amalfi coast, Mastrandrea revealed some unique particulars about what followers can count on to see within the third installment of the franchise.
“The film is about in an Italian city within the south of Italy, and I’m enjoying Maresciallo de carabinieri which is the main police officer of the city by which Robert McCall (Washington) arrives,” he revealed. “Some actually unhealthy issues go on which includes all of the inhabitants of the city. And the story is mainly completely set on this small city.”
Mastrandrea stated it was “nice” working with Saldaña, including that he couldn’t have had a greater onscreen associate.JESSICA BROOKS/NETFLIX
Mastrandrea stated he typically discovered himself fully starstruck working with the two-time Academy Award winner.
“Working with Denzel is nice. It’s an enormous, large, large manufacturing and there are such a lot of individuals concerned,” he stated. “Denzel Washington is Mr. Denzel Washington so no phrases wanted – it’s nice to see him work.”
“Three days in the past, we have been taking pictures and I used to be off digital camera within the eye-line, and so I had him proper in entrance of me and so they have been filming his close-up shot and I simply discovered myself staring with my eyes huge open,” he stated, including, “It’s nice to be in this type of film.”
As for what’s subsequent, Mastrandrea stated he’s not fairly able to steer away from theater performing anytime quickly.