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Meet Alessandro De Gennaro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alessandro De Gennaro.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I come from an Italian family. Both my Mother’s family and my Father’s is Italian. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. It’s always fun to answer the question to strangers when they ask me “Where are you from?”. Some days I say Italy, some other days I say Venezuela and some Mexico. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a mood kind of thing, depends in what mood I am that day. But the place I call my home today would have to be Mexico since my parents are living there at the moment. Growing up, I always had a love for acting and I was always fascinated by movies and theatre, but I was always too afraid to share it with anybody else. I used to worry way too much about what people would think of me.

During high-school in Mexico, I would audition for most of the plays being produced in school and after getting the job I would suddenly drop it all and never actually go through with it. My fear of my classmates was always controlling me. It wasn’t until I graduated from High-School that I finally decided to follow my heart and pursue acting as my main career. All by my own I applied for college’s in the USA and the first one to get back to me was “Columbia College Chicago”. I took this opportunity and decided to tell this to my parents. My mother was very excited for me (she always knew I wanted to be an actor), but my Father wasn’t as excited as her. You see, he is an amazing businessman who has made great things for his career and I am truly proud of all of his accomplishments. He wanted me to stay in Mexico and study something around that field, either Marketing, Advertising, Financing, or even Graphic/Industrial Design.

I tried to convince him about Chicago, with the help of my Mother, but he was hard to crack. I dropped arguing with him and began to apply for the universities in Mexico, just like he asked me to do. I applied for a school called “Iberoamericana” and another called “Tec de Monterrey”. For both of these schools, I aimed for Advertising and for both of these schools I did not get accepted. My father not happy with this and me too late to join for any school (even ‘”Columbia College Chicago” if I could). It was already August and all the semesters had began, and all I had to do now was wait for January to get closer and try applying again for the same schools in Mexico.

For about a month I had nothing to do. All my friends were starting their careers and all I was doing was fantasizing about acting. One day my father suggests to me to get a job working for one of his friends Alberto Jaber (el Inge). I took the job working as a Graphic Designer and honestly I had a great time and learned a lot from my peers. It was a beautiful experience for me, but acting was still screaming in my head every day. I had to act. So I told my mom about it and she helped me look for short acting courses around the city. We found this place called “La Cuarta Pared”, it was a small theatre with no more than six teachers and I was placed in a class of eight. People from every age, from totally different backgrounds and with unique traits.

Needless to say that this little group soon became my family. And I had no idea that very soon, I would owe my entire career to this place. A month after joining this course, we began to work on a play, planning to run for one night in December. We had three months to rehearse and we would rehearse five days a week for two hours. Our teacher Roberto Manzano made this process so fun and loving for everyone. An excellent artist, passionate and loving. I owe my career mainly to this man, for helping me feel comfortable with who I am and for showing me the magic of the theatre.

December came and we had a week of rehearsals. I could only invite two audience members and I decided to tell my parents. What I didn’t know was that my entire life was going to change after performing this play for my mom and dad. I can still remember this as if it was yesterday. It was a Thursday evening at 6pm and I am backstage waiting to go up. I come out on the stage and once I begin to act all I can hear is laughter from the audience. But one particular laugh grabs my attention, my Dad’s. After my performance was done, I went backstage and waited for the rest of the play to conclude. During this whole time, all I could think about was my Father’s laughter and how proud I was that I finally performed a play. When the show was over, I walked out to vow and to my surprise I saw my parents both filled with happiness and clapping at me with a huge smile. After receiving my Diploma, I walked to my parents to give them a hug. They were both so proud of me and before walking out of the theatre, my dad stopped me and said “Go to Chicago son”.

My adventure and career for acting began that night. After that night both my parents have been so extremely supportive of my career. It was a dream come true for me. Without hesitation I did all the requirements for Chicago and before I knew it, it was already January and my classes had already begun. I studied theatre in Chicago for two years. Then on the summer of 2017, my dad gave me the great idea of taking an acting summer program, and since there weren’t any in my current university I ended up going to “The American Academy of Dramatic Arts” in Los Angeles. I was there for a total of eight weeks in an intensive program and I absolutely fell in love with acting and theatre twice as much. This place, in only eight weeks, changed my whole perspective of my career, acting made more sense for me and all I wanted was for more classes at “The Academy”. I returned from LA to Chicago and the first thing I did was begin to apply for the full-time program in LA. I had an audition that coming October 2017 and two weeks later I get the notification that I had been accepted. Without hesitation, I packed my bags from my home and Chicago and moved to LA in January of 2018.

Now I am a graduate of “The American Academy of Dramatic Arts”. The place that formed me to be the actor that I am today and I am so grateful for it. I am ready for whatever the world brings my way and I am reaching all of my goals day by day. No plan “B” to distract me from my plan “A”. Being a star and inspiring people with my work. Touching people’s hearts and making them feel. I love my job, I love what I do, but I really love the path I took to getting to where I am today.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like I mentioned before it was a struggle getting to the place I am today, because of my social circle in which I grew up in and my struggles with my father not wanting for me to pursue acting. But now that I am doing this as a living, I am so grateful for my mom and dad to support me the way they do. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be were I am today. I owe them everything.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actor currently living in Los Angeles. I have been acting for a total of four years. At the moment I being represented by a Commercial Agent in LA. The agency is called “Bella Agency”. In July of 2019, I filmed a commercial for ‘Taco Bell’ which is airing right now in all of Central America. Currently enjoying every step of the way and auditioning for multiple projects, both in Film and TV.

What I believe sets me apart from others is my persistence. I like to believe that persistence is a tool we are all born with, but not all of us get a hang to using it at the best of our advantages. I myself am very persistent. I will always keep giving my all until I accomplish my goals. There really isn’t time to worry about what we don’t get, or what role we didn’t get picked for or whatever. Instead we should be thinking about what audition we are going to next, which director we want to work with, what casting director I want to introduce myself to, which agent I want to work with.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
A huge quality I have is that I will always respect others. I live by a rule that we should all treat each other with kindness and help each other succeed and become our best selves. If I can help with something, anything, believe me I will be there. I also believe my ethnicity mixed with my background is one of my biggest qualities. I am an actor that can look Hispanic, Middle Eastern, European. And since I speak Spanish, Italian and English, this really helps me with my success as an actor. Giving me more places to work in and different characters to play.

Contact Info:

  • Website: https://alexdegennaro9.wixsite.com/actor
  • Phone: 3127538703
  • Email: alexdegennaro@hotmail.com
  • Instagram: @alessandro_dg_
  • Facebook: Alessandro De Gennaro
  • Other: IMDb: Alessandro De Gennaro

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1 Comment

  1. michael de gennaro

    September 12, 2021 at 21:07

    What town in Italy are your parents from ?

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