Sean Teale, the “enemy” of Romeo and Juliet

I reach Sean Teale via Zoom because he is in Los Angeles, where Rosaline debuted at the El Capitan Theatre, in the heart of Hollywood, on October 6. It’s a production of the 20th Century Studio and “spin-off” of Romeo and Juliet, available from 14 October on Disney + and Hulu in other countries.

The enthusiasm around this project is really incredible, it assures two hours of real entertainment and twists, which these days are good for everyone. However, the boy, English with Venezuelan origins, does not stop: he just finished making a thriller mini-series for Netflix, of which he can’t yet reveal the name, which will be released in 2023.

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Sean Teale (ph. by Nick Thompson)

Interview with Sean Teale

So how was Rosaline’s opening last night?

As you can hear from my hoarse voice, I enjoyed myself; I don’t smoke, I just laughed so much that my vocal cords left me. For me, however, it was an opportunity to review the entire cast of the film, with which I spent the best “summer camp” ever in Italy, and to celebrate together the work done. It’s a comedy and the response to the cinema was great, so we were really happy.

It’s sort of a spin-off of Romeo and Juliet, right?

Exactly, you can’t talk about the same story in the same way, that one of Rosaline is seen from a different angle. If Leonardo DiCaprio made “Romeo + Giulietta” with a Hawaiian shirt we dared a lot more than that, that’s it.

Tell me about Dario, your character in the movie.

Dario is really a fantastic guy, a highly decorated soldier who really does not want to be involved in history; in fact, when he arrives in Verona, he just wants to stay in peace after having sailed so much at sea, between Genoa and Venice. Maybe he also wants to find the love of his life but, one day, he meets Rosaline who is a real hurricane, ready to upset his plans.

Where did you shoot the film in Italy?

The funniest thing is that we haven’t been even one day in Verona, incredible, isn’t it? This is the real lie of cinema, it’s all an illusion, we shot between Rome, Viterbo and San Gimignano, all magnificent places but, unfortunately, never in the city where the novel takes place.

“I recharge when I am surrounded by people, listening to them, talking to them, and especially laughing together”

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Sean Teale (ph. by Nick Thompson)

Did you learn a little Italian while you were in Italy?

A little yes, also because my father comes from Venezuela, he was born in Milan and now he lives in Paris, then I’ve always been in every context the one with Mediterranean somatic features. On the set everyone even hired me to book dinners, taxis, anything; let’s say I had to manage.

What was the most fun part of the shoot?

Looking now at how things went, I think it was the moment of the funniest scene of the film, shot for two days in a beautiful ancient monastery; we were really a lot of people, when the director or his assistant tried to call us to order we were like wild cats, indomitable. A truly crucial scene is where Romeo dies.

“I still have that sense of justice that leads me to fight whenever I see people in difficulty or who maybe need help”

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Sean Teale (ph. by Nick Thompson)

What makes you really happy in life?

To tell the truth I find that life is really complicated, between family, work, friends and the superstructures imposed on us by society, the film industry is certainly not among the easiest. Surely one thing I love is meeting new people. I need my moments of solitude, like everyone, but the reality is that I recharge when I am surrounded by people, listening to them, talking to them, and especially laughing together. Football makes me happy, too.

And, on the contrary, what makes you angry?

That’s simple, the football! As a boy I grew up with the idea of becoming a lawyer, then life led me to be an actor, but I still have that sense of justice that leads me to fight whenever I see people in difficulty or who maybe need help; injustice, in fact, makes me really angry. However, I was able to experience the thrill of playing the role of a lawyer in a TV series, very close to my dream of the past.

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Sean Teale (ph. by Nick Thompson)

Credits

Talent Sean Teale

Photography Nick Thompson

Styling Fabio Immediato

Grooming Shukeel Murtaza 

From movies to music, a new debut for Sergio Ruggeri

Sergio Ruggeri is a handsome Roman and all-around artist that we have been able to appreciate as an actor in several TV series and movies. But now we are here to learn about the new side of Sergio, the more introspective side as a singer. He has always been passionate about music, and we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy this passion song after song: the first was “Testate”, then “Farmacie” and finally “Patatrac”, which are all part of an EP that will complete his album to be presented in the summer.

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Sweater MRZ, pants Versace Jeans Couture, sneakers Antonio Marras, earring Nove25

His attention and cinematographic care can especially be seen in the videos that accompany all three songs, where he tells us everything he feels and felt, digging deep into toxic relationships, narrating them and framing them in his own way.

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Shirt and leather pants Desa 1972, boots Bruno Bordese, jewelry Nove25

Sergio Ruggeri Farmacie
Total look Antonio Marras, earring Nove25

Sergio Ruggeri Baby
Total look Iceberg X Kailand O. Morris

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Vest Di Liborio, cargo pants Antonio Marras, earring Nove25, leather bracelet stylist’s archive

Credits

Talent Sergio Ruggeri

Editor in Chief Federico Poletti

Text Fabrizio Imas

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Alfredo Fabrizio

Photographer assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Stylist assistant Federica Mele

Hair & make-up Laura Casato @simonebelliagency

Hair & make-up assistant Chiara Crescenzi @simonebelliagency

Location Novotel Roma Eur

Opening image: sweater MRZ, earring Nove25

A story of women’s empowerment, the new wave of Italian cinema: Maria Chiara Giannetta & Matilde Gioli

Dresses Giorgio Armani

Maria Chiara Giannetta and Matilde Gioli are two actresses at the peak of their career, standing out as two absolute stars of their shows in the 2021/2022 season.

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Headpiece The Beatriz, dress Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Maria Chiara Giannetta exceled in the role of Blanca, in the RAI 1 series of the same name that topped audience viewership numbers, closely followed by her co-hosting the Sanremo Festival with Amadeus on Friday evening, where her elegance and charm made her shine. She is currently busy shooting “Don Matteo“, where she’s again working with her ideal acting partner, Luca Argentero.

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Maria Chiara: jacket, shirt and skirt Dior, boots Bruno Bordese; Matilde: shirt, dress and rings Dior, boots Bruno Bordese

Matilde Gioli was the protagonist of the first two seasons of “Doc – Nelle tue mani”, another RAI1 TV drama which reached record-breaking numbers in viewership (more than 30% of the audience share on average per episode). She is currently at the cinema with the new comedy by Fausto Brizzi “Bla Bla Baby”. But we already knew all about her beauty, as well as her always-ready wit.

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Maria Chiara: dress Gianluca Saitto; Matilde: dress Amen, shoes Le Silla

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Maria Chiara: headpiece Ilariusss, top and pants Etro, choker Casa Bruni Bossio, necklaces Barbara Biffoli, shoes Le Silla; Matilde: headpiece The Beatriz, bra Wolford, skirt and belt Michael Kors, ring Casa Bruni Bossio, shoes Mario Valentino

Two strong women discuss themselves, Northern and Southern Italy in its various nuances, always with the right dose of irony.
They are both united by a great passion for nature and horseback riding, a sport that they first got acquainted with precisely because of their acting.
Two women who are the true embodiment of female empowerment are the true embodiment of female empowerment.

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Matilde: headpiece Ilariusss, dress Max Mara; Maria Chiara: headpiece Pasquale Bonfilio Hats, dress Max Mara

Credits

Talent Maria Chiara Giannetta & Matilde Gioli

Photographer Davide Musto

Fashion editor Valentina Serra

Text Fabrizio Imas

Ph. assistants Valentina Ciampaglia, Giacomo Gianfelici

Fashion editor assistant Federica Picciau

Hair stylist Alessandro Rocchi @simonebelliagency

Make-up Giulia Luciani @simonebelliagency

Opening image: dresses Giorgio Armani

Channing Tatum and his first time directing in “Dog”

We’ve seen and enjoyed Channing Tatum in many films, but surely no one has forgotten Magic Mike, which turned a rising actor into one of the most popular Hollywood stars.
Born in Alabama, he has been a model, dancer, film producer and now, for the very first time, director for his new film Dog, where he plays the leading role. He chose and approached this production because he has always felt a strong bond with dogs and, when his own dog passed away, he was offered the project. It was almost impossible not to get involved in the direction of the film.

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Channing Tatum in a scene of “Dog”

Interview with Channing Tatum

What do you think about the relationship between humans and dogs?

Dogs have a strong presence as they give you everything they have unconditionally and always stand by your side. We will probably never know if they have an idea of the future, how much and if they think about the past, however, every time the owner comes home it’s like the first time. It doesn’t seem to matter at all. I could go out for thirty minutes and then Cutie, my new little one, is like: “oh my goodness, you’re back”. 
I think dogs remind us that joy can always come over; as human beings, we focus way too much on the past and the future, but we can only really experience joy in the present. I think humans, in some ways, love them for that reason.

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Tell us about the story of your road movie Dog.

What my character, Briggs, really needs is a recommendation, to make his captain call the diplomatic security company and vouch for him, saying he’s a good soldier. To achieve this aim, he takes Lulu with him on a road trip from the Pacific Northwest coast to the Mexican border. This operation won’t be quite easy, as if it were enough to put a dog in the car and just leave, well, it’s not exactly like that. Animals like these require a special treatment to say the least, so we’ll see them fighting all the time. However, if Briggs manages to accomplish his “mission”, taking Lulu to a funeral without collateral damages, then he will get the recommendation.

“The real challenge is convincing the dog that it is all a game”

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What are the similarities between your character and Lulu?

They are both quite “crazy”, indeed, they will definitely get along until they can’t do without one another. Dealing with two stubborn characters, always about to clam up and clash, is like having fuses ready to explode, in other words, they are a true powder keg that can blow up at any moment. There’s a moment when Briggs and Lulu grab a sort of stuffed unicorn, which wouldn’t stay still if one of them let go and anything could happen in an instant.
It’s really funny because they’re the same, the only difference is that one is a dog and the other is a man.

What’s the real challenge when acting with a dog?

There is a scene in the car when I’m driving really fast and Lulu basically goes crazy, so I open the door, yelling at her, almost aggressively, and that poor animal looks at me as if to wonder what I’ve done to make her yell, pulling her ears back. This broke my heart, because we are very good friends, really.
Each one of us on set had to reassure her and to confirm that we loved her. The real challenge is convincing the dog that it is all a game.

Opening image: Channing Tatum on the set of “Dog”

Tahar Rahim: a major talent of French cinema

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Tahar Rahim is a French actor of Algerian origin. He is living a golden moment in his artistic career. He was recently nominated by the international press for a Golden Globe for his role in “The Mauritian”, a true story taken from the book “Guantanámo Diary”. He played in the movie with Jodie Foster. So he told us the emotion of being on set with an Oscar & Golden Globe winner. The film will be soon released also in Italy. On Netflix, he is at the top with “The Serpent”, a miniseries that talks about the daring adventures of Charles Sobhraj, a serial killer who operated in the ’70s in the golden triangle of drugs and crossroads of hippies.

His transformation to put himself in the shoes of the character is amazing and outstanding. 

How do you feel about being nominated for the Golden Globe as the best actor for “The Mauritian”, a movie with Jodie Foster?

Well, I am over the moon, it is incredible. If you are an actor of my generation and you grew up with her movies, it is almost a dream. I have vivid memories from when I went to the cinema to watch “Contact” or “The silence of the lambs”. She is a legend. I don’t deny that I was almost scared the first time I was in front of her. However, Jodie can make you feel so at ease and relaxed that you almost forget who she is. 



“The Mauritian” has not come out in Italy yet. Why do you suggest watching this movie? 

It is a very important story that needs to be told because it talks about freedom, harsh laws, and humanity. It is the story of a man imprisoned in Guantanámo Bay for 14 long years without even a charge against him. Mohamedou Ould Slah had been through a living hell in jail. When he got out of prison, he wanted to forgive everyone: that means achieving a level of forgiveness that goes beyond any imagination, a real demonstration of a pure and beautiful soul. 



How did you learn English? It is impeccable and without a French accent. 

The truth? I had to work very hard. I have always loved English since I was a child, but when they offered me the role of Ali Soufan in “The Looming Tower”, I knew I had to interpret an American citizen, so I knew I should make no mistakes, even small ones that would not convince the producers or the public. 

So, I practiced with a coach for four hours a day for three months. When I started shooting in New York, I requested a coach on set to be always 100% sure. Even now I have two lessons per week. 

Oliver Stone dedicated a post on Instagram to you and he pointed the finger at the Academy Awards for mentioning not even a category of your movie for the Oscars, meaning that probably it would not have been good publicity for the USA. 

Honestly, when I was told it, I could not believe that Mr. Stone had done a post about me and the movie. Of course, we can’t say that American cinema is not able to criticize its society, this is Oliver Stone’s vision. I am just finding out how things go in the USA. 

Did you already know the story of “The Serpent” before playing the lead role of the Netflix miniseries? It was not very well-known in Italy, probably because it is French. 

I knew it but not because it is French, none of my friends remembered it. But since I have two elder brothers, I found the book about the story of Charles Sobhraj in the bedroom and I was fascinated by the synopsis. I was 16 years old and I already wanted to be an actor. But at that time, I could not understand the real horror behind that man, yet I imagined playing that role. When I discovered that Benicio Del Toro was about to start the film shooting in 2001, I was disappointed, but then they did not do it anymore. Exactly 20 years later, I got an email from my agent saying that I would play the role of a serial killer and then I realized it was him. Life is incredible. It’s almost as if fate gave me this role. 



Do you think when cinemas reopen in France, people will buy tickets like before or will stay true to the streaming? 

There will be a good season since we are getting closer to summer and probably people want to stay outside, but if I can say it, we humans tend to forget things. When this is over, we will just want to go back to normal life, like going to the cinema. 

Curated by Francesca Romana Riggio

At the cinema with Maurizio Lombardi

Whilst the Italian actor, Maurizio Lombardi, was born in Florence, it is not a simple task identifying him geographically because of a very international profile and a high demand from directors of the same caliber as Paolo Sorrentino.

From January 10th we will see him starring in “The New Pope”, alongside Jude Law and John Malkovich, as well as the third season of “Riviera” – all on SKY.

You are used to working with large productions, how was working on the new Pope Set?

I don’t want to use too pompous terms, but there is little to do, Paolo is truly a champion in all respects. It is astonishing how much control he has on the set, and more over the trust and esteem he places towards his team who is better oiled than a Swiss watch. He speaks very little and does not impose anything upon the actors, instead, it is as if he knows that whoever orbits him can do their job adequately and therefore further instruction would be superfluous.

How did Sorrentino choose you?

It is all thanks to Annamaria Sambucco, a phenomenal Italian casting director who has great taste and above all, is extremely prepared. She had already proposed me to Paolo for “The great beauty” but for unknown reasons, I was not chosen. Maybe because on that occasion I had been more concerned with interviewing him as I was so mesmerized and curious to know about him!

What evolution of your character we must expect?

I was surprised by my ambiguous character because he is a cardinal, but at the same time in love, and as we all know love can lead to dangerous borders. We will have to see if this love will lead to something or not, but I cannot reveal any more otherwise the viewers have too much information in their hands.

The third season of “Riviera” always on sky is also arriving, tell me something about this project.

I can tell you that it was an incredible personal and emotional journey since the shooting took place in Venice in parallel with the presentation of “The new pope” at the Venice Film Festival. Going from the red carpet with Sorrentino, and then being picked up by a taxi to shoot with another international cast inside a crazy palace in Venice, to then return to the Lido for interviews, made it really hard to stay calm. The beauty of it is that I didn’t know Riviera therefore it was fantastic to be amazed by the glamor and the fashion side of the series.

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Getting married in Umbria: the best destinations

Umbria, with its castles, has fascinated for centuries: nobles, intellectuals and of course tourists from all over the world. Writers of old Europe found refuge to be able to enjoy peace, serenity and creativity to write new pages of literature.

Among these, Lord Byron, the English romantic poet, known for his adventurous and stormy love life, undertook a long journey in Italy in 1816. It was above all the landscape of Umbria, the green heart of the country that caught his attention. Wonders like Lake Trasimeno, the Clitunno springs and the Marmore waterfalls enchanted his senses and captivated his imagination.

Now, in addition to the traditional cuisine and their black truffle, of which they are the undisputed homeland, they are also the enchanting locations with their esteemed estates. Among these, we can see the Petrata Castle, an ancient fortress of the XIV century. expertly restored, with a unique view of Assisi and Perugia.

The enchanting village of Castello di Gallano, where the fun cooking classes are set, allowing you to learn how to make delicious potato gnocchi according to the castle’s secret recipe. The Tenuta di San Masseo, immersed in a park of 20,000 square meters that integrates beautiful art and design elements.

A unique and exclusive environment in which enjoy an incredible view, the magical scenery of the city of Assisi within an oasis of absolute spiritual relaxation, in direct contact with nature and the territory. And finally, the twelfth-century Castle of Ramazzano, restored several times over the centuries, offers various frescoed rooms and preserves a precious wall development, Guelph crenelated with a square tower.

The property belongs to an Apulian DOC family, which retains all the essence of the territory and adds Umbrian-Apulian cuisine commanded by Ms. Angela Aliani, Americans are at home here. In short, all these are the real new “wedding destinations” of luxury that bring customers from all over the world, and this is well known by Daniela Corti, in fact, with the new edition of “The Italian Wedding Stars” to be held on the 29th November in Rome she will also award the location.

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