Charisma meets talent: the rise of Giacomo Ferrara

Born in 1990 and originally from Abruzzo, Giacomo Ferrara is one of the most talented and charismatic actors of his generation. He became known – and loved – as the gangster Alberto “Spadino” Anacleti, one of major characters of the film “Suburra“, and above all for the first three seasons of the successful TV show of the same name. Speaking of Spadino, he says, “I will always carry him with me, he has become part of Italian pop culture and this is confirmed in what people write me, from how they show their affection they feel for him”.

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He took part among others in Netflix series “Suburra”, “Il permesso – 48 ore fuori”, “Guarda in alto”, “Ghiaccio”

Before his popularity thanks to the Netflix series (“A wonderful parenthesis on my journey, which began in 2015 and ended last year”), he had already proved his skills with the role of Angelo in “Il permesso – 48 ore fuori“, which earned him the Guglielmo Biraghi Award at the Nastri D’Argento 2017 edition.

He also took part in the fairy- tale film “Guarda in alto” (where Teco experiences surreal adventures on the rooftops of Rome), the fantasy film “Non mi uccidere“, the Sky miniseries “Alfredino – Una storia italiana” and most recently “Ghiaccio“, the debut film by the singer and songwriter Fabrizio Moro (in tandem with Alessio De Leonardis) where he depicts a young man from the suburbs seeking redemption from a troubled life, to say the least, in boxing. In his own words, it is “A love story in which I play Giorgio, an extremely introverted boy always messing up. This is where the coach Massimo (Vinicio Marchioni, an extraordinary partner in the adventure) comes in and tries to bring him back to a better path through sport”.

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He “Enjoys working on a role with his whole self, completely identifying with it”

To prepare for the part, he had to undergo intense training because “Our challenge was to make the boxing scenes believable, so I endured very demanding sessions. I trained nine times a week, I gained muscle and followed a strict diet”.
So far we have mentioned different stories and genres, yet his visceral and sometimes “extreme” acting stands out in the well- known Spadino (a borderline criminal torn by conflicting feelings, a daily life of violence and oppression, repressed sexuality and the obsession to get revenge on a family that only considers him a hothead) to the peculiar Ago, a drug addict with pink hair and a friend to the protagonist in Non mi uccidere. Indeed, Giacomo “Enjoys working on a role with his whole self, completely identifying with it”, but he points out that, “regardless of how charismatic or ‘strange’ a character might be, it is essential to find stories that have a reason to be told, that go straight to the heart, just like Ghiaccio”.

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Credits

Talent Giacomo Ferrara

Editor in Chief Federico Poletti

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Alfredo Fabrizio

Photographer assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Stylist assistant Chiara Polci

Hair Alessandro Rocchi @simonebelliagency

Make-up Charlotte Hardy @simonebelliagency

Location Coho Loft Roma

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