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Meet Gonzalo Trigueros

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gonzalo Trigueros.

Gonzalo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Junin, Argentina. I immigrated to this country at a young age and have been living the “American Dream” since. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a storyteller, I loved the feeling of performing but even more being able to impact people through said performances. At the age of 18, I moved to New York City, with no connections, and probably 33 cents to my name. I attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy hellbent on learning as much as possible, I was obsessed with improving any and all facets of my craft. I met some incredible teachers and mentors along the way, all of which shaped and nurtured me into the professional I am today. Fortunately, the hard work and effort payed off and I have been working steadily ever since. I been lucky enough to work on some amazing projects along the way. Projects like Oliver Mann’s “Such A Funny Life”, “La Condesa” directed by four-time Emmy winner Mario Ramos or the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner, Nilo Cruz’s “Exquisita Agonia”. I believe we are a product of those closest to us and therefore, I seek to surround myself with the best talents across the industry.

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?
I’m not sure smooth is the word I’d use. Like anything worthwhile, there’s always challenges. At first, it was getting to know myself, my abilities and limitations and how could I better and surpass them. The challenge to surpass my limits is always a constant. I think the minute you are content with your work you fall into the trap of stagnation, comfortable but deadly. Then there were the challenges of the industry, like finding a place for my voice and what exactly that is. I’m still figuring that last part out. Fortunately, the industry is changing and everyday there is more and more room for our stories to be heard. And of course, at the beginning there was always the monetary challenges. Will I make it through the week? How long will I have to eat ramen? Can you consider saltine crackers dinner? Hope no one sees me jump the turnstile…That type of thing.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a storyteller. My medium is the stage, or film and TV. I am known in the industry for my relentless work ethic and professionalism. I also have the blessing that I can work in both the English and Spanish markets equally and seamlessly. Because of my ambiguous look and broad range I can play a large range of very diverse characters in both languages. I think the stage will always have a certain pull at my heartstrings. To be able to originate the character of Tommy in Nilo Cruz’s “Exquisita Agonia” was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had as an actor to date. The entire discovery process and the creation of the character, backed by Nilo’s wonderful writing and my amazing cast mates, took me to some very dark places but some very beautiful ones as well. Places where fear meets wonder.

I’ve also had the pleasure of working on TV with people like Mario Van Peebles in Starz’s hit series, “Power”, other notable appearances include “Madam Secretary” and “Instinct” on CBS. On the film side, I have been blessed to work with directors like Oliver Mann and Mario Ramos. Working with them is an actor’s dream. They allow you to play and explore and give enough room to be creative but know when to pull you back. It’s liberating to know that you can try and go for it knowing that they have your back and that you’re in good hands. I think one of the things I notice that sets me apart is the dedication and commitment that I have to really develop high-quality performances that will not only elevate myself but those around me.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Oof that’s a tough one! I think back and I can’t help but think of the times I spent in Arribeños and Arenales in Argentina. Days where we would spend countless hours playing outside. Soccer from sun up to sundown. Running around covered in mud between the chicken coups, playing “Mud Monster” only to stop when we were called, or wrangled rather, to shower and have a delicious dish prepared by Abuela. Food hits different when you’re exhausted from playing all day and made by the loving hands of grandma.

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