My perfect day
Interview with the neapolitan actor of cinema, television and theatre
Naples in three adjectives.
Contradictory, exciting and stimulating.
Naples in three snapshots.
The Decumano Maggiore, San Martino and the Bay of Naples.
Where would you stop for an aperitivo in the city? In piazza dei Martiri, at the Gran Caffè La Caffettiera, a welcoming venue that offers impeccable service. And for lunch or dinner? Posillipo or Pozzuoli or any other place near to the sea. The coffee ritual. Tell us about yours? My first cup of coffee of the day is characterized by a special ritual devised by my wife. Later on, when I’m out and about, or working with my colleagues, I take a few sips here and there in order not to overdo things. Your favourite dish? Mostly first courses. If I’m forced to choose, ‘bucatini all’Ischitana’ with rabbit sauce. Let’s talk about shopping: what do you like buying? Above all, household objects and books. What made you choose to become an actor? My thirst for life made me realize that I wouldn’t be contented with just one Each involves three different types of emotions and three different types of technique. In your opinion, is being funny more a female or masculine trait? Suffering helps you to acquire this comedic ability. It’s a kind of defence mechanism that enables you to detach yourself from reality, and see things from a healthier perspective. It’s all about knowing how to transform your weaknesses into strengths. You have worked with directors of the caliber of Martone and Nanny Loy. What did you get from these experiences? Passion and self-restraint. Discipline and sensitivity. Apart from acting, what are your other passions? Art in general, in all its forms, and then animals, literature and music, but also horse riding, skiing and the sea. What is the best characteristic of Neapolitans? Humanity. And the worst? A lack of team spirit. You lived in Rome for twenty years and then returned to Naples. What are the differences between the two cities? Rome hosts you, but Naples captivates you forever.