Federico Russo is an Italian actor gaining recognition overseas for his on-camera talent and those eyes that transform every look into a deep gaze. Nevertheless, as he told us in this conversation, he describes himself as a typical young man.
As the young person he is, in this opportunity, Federico Russo opens up about his aspirations, insecurities, and how some dreams come true when you work hard.
Even though, if you still are wondering why the world is fascinated with this self-called normal-guy? Find it out in this exclusive for Vanity Teen.
It’s a lot of fun
VT: From early projects like Incantesimo to the latest like Curon, how has been your acting journey?
FR: For sure, the experience is the strongest point regarding my acting growth. But if I had to pick something about these years, I would choose the people I have met because, without them, I would never have grown as an actor and as a person.
VT: Sam Costa has been one of the most beloved characters you have portrayed. How do you cherish that experience? Do some people still call you that way?
FR: Sam was a stepping stone to the international market. To Alex & Co. I certainly owe the experience of singing and dancing because they taught us everything starting from 0. The group was very close-knit. Saul Nanni, “Christian” in the series, is now my best friend.
I often get recognized by people as Sam; it’s a lot of fun.
VT: Of all your projects, which on-set memories do you always remember and why?
FR: The most beautiful and toughest experience remains Il lago di Curon. In the series, in one scene, I had to get into the lake in the night, at -7 degrees, and I must say that it was a mix of fright and adrenaline. For the first time, I really felt the “physical work” of the actor; usually, it is more of an emotional job.
Out of who I am
VT: What do you like the most about modeling? And, according to you, what would be the most challenging aspects of this occupation?
FR: I really like to get out of who I am and face the facets of the human soul because, while one searches and investigates the different nuances of the character, sometimes another finds sides of himself that he didn’t know he had. I enjoy feeling their emotions without shame and limits and be able to remain emotionally naked in front of the camera without blocks.
VT: Which plans do you have for the future?
FR: I have done some advertising campaigns for important brands with Wannabe Management, my digital agency.
Together with Planet Film, my acting agency, I am carrying out some auditions, of which for now, unfortunately, I cannot say anything. Fingers crossed with me!
VT: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
FR: I like doing sports, go to the cinema, hang out with friends, and spend time with my girlfriend; the hobbies of a normal 24-year-old guy.
VT: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
FR: To drink good wine with my friends.
VT: You are Italian, and Italia is also well-known for its sports teams. Thus, do you practice any sport currently? And which are your favorite teams and players?
FR: I am a big fan of the Roma soccer team, I am also very passionate about MMA, and my favorite fighter is Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Lately, the sport I have been practicing is boxing.
A small dream that comes true
VT: Have you ever felt like you are not good enough or underappreciated? Please tell us more about it.
FR: I have, more than once, felt not uncomfortable but unprepared, especially with auditions.
Once, I felt anxious in an audition in front of a well-known actor in Italy. I panicked and got my lines completely wrong. From that moment on, I began to work a lot on myself and on the ability to be able to remain balanced despite the agitation because, as we already know, anxiety is the number one enemy of performance.
VT: Which worlds would you like to share with those young people who might be facing hard times at the moment?
FR: I recommend patience and stubbornness to my peers, and I want to quote a phrase from Nietzsche to better explain what I say: It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.
A colleague of Alex & Co., on the set, dedicated it to me, and since that day, it has become my mantra.
VT: Anything else you would like to share with Vanity Teen?
FR: I want to thank you for the opportunity you have given me. I really hope in the future to be able to work in America and have the chance to have a meeting with you in person. For me, having spoken with you already is a small dream that comes true. So, thank you very much, and I hug everyone very strongly.
Before we go
With each response from Federico Russo, I was amazed to realize how he finds strengths by learning from others and see the beauty in them. Maybe that’s part of its charm.
Yet, we are sure of his many talents and that he is coming with great projects we all will love. Thus, let us keep working on our dreams to make them come true, and, just like him, let us not hesitate in seeking help if we feel like our insecurities are taking us over because, in life, we might face highs and lows, but at the end of the day, it’s a lot of fun.