Interview: Enzo Zelocchi
Widely known for his performance in the globally successful film- ‘My Little Princess‘, which won over 33 awards on the Film festival circuit and was also a semifinalist for an Academy Award nomination, the immensely talented Enzo Zelocchi is currently under the spotlight for his upcoming movie ‘The Source’.
Zelocchi achieved great success with the trailer of his film ‘The First Secret’ which went viral and was mentioned in Variety as the second most-watched video of the month with over 24 million views on Instagram behind Cardi B and ahead of Selena Gomez, Bad Bunny, and Dwayne Johnson.
In total, Zelocchi has successfully earned over 50 awards including Best Actor, Best Outstanding Performance, Best Director, Best Writer, and Best Producer on the film festival circuit.
In our exclusive interview, Enzo Zelocchi tells us about how it was like working on the movie, the challenges he faced, where he draws his acting inspirations from and reveals what the fans can expect from his future projects.
Hi there Enzo. Thanks for joining us on Deception! Having been in this industry for a long time now, what was it exactly that brought you closer to the field of acting?
Hello. Thank you for having me. Acting is almost a way of creating your life with the imagination of an eternal child. It was a natural vocation, my heart and the universe keeps pushing me on this wonderful journey.
Were there any challenges that you faced during your journey as an actor? If so, how did you overcome them?
So many! First: Rejection. I learned to become bulletproof to rejection and always remember that one yes can change your life. The key is to not take anything personally and to never give up no matter what. Build yourself like a strong company with consistent daily improvements, always look forward and never live in the past. Also I learned to never listen to my fears, fears are not real and every day is a new beginning.
Second: Depression. I had to learn to survive the ups and downs, especially when the phone doesn’t ring much with new jobs. I personally always have a positive attitude, I like to be in charge of my life, create my own opportunities, and set the best conditions to attract new ones.
You are about to be seen in your latest production- The Source. What can you tell us about the movie?
The Source is ‘The Crow’ meets ‘Mad Max’ with a Tim Burton’s touch in a futuristic dimension. with a group of aliens trained to protect the universe and keep the balance with other parallel dimensions. I wrote the pilot in 2018 and it was a mix of a couple of dreams that I had. Receiving over 200 millions views on the first trailer was more than I could have asked for. That video is now one of the most-viewed trailers in the history of social media.
How was the character initially described to you and how did you prepare for this role?
I wrote the TV pilot and built the character based on the vibes that I got from my two dreams. I normally like to create a music playlist, watch some of my favorite movies, create a past for my character with emotions. I also storyboard my scenes if we don’t shoot scenes in sequence.
Out of all the projects you have done, which project was the most memorable for you?
So far, it is definitely “My Little Princess,” but I know that the best is yet to come.
What advice would you like to give to the upcoming actors who wish to start their journey in the entertainment industry?
I would tell them that the entertainment business is a business. Treat yourself like a company and develop your craft daily, find what triggers your creativity. Never listen to your fears, believe in yourself and always listen to your heart. Be a shark and keep moving without forgetting who you are.
In Hollywood, you are good as your last movie so do whatever it takes to create your own opportunities and to shine like a star. Make a masterpiece of each character and opportunities that come your way.
Where do you draw your major acting inspirations from? If given an opportunity, who would you love to work with in the future?
I draw inspiration from powerful movies like Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Rambo, Rocky, The Terminator, The Gladiator, Braveheart, The Godfather, Casino, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Fury, Goodfellas, The Departed, Batman, The Avengers, Joker, The Matrix, The Crow, Scarface, Scent of a Woman, Original Sin, The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall Street and many more.
As for directors I would love to work with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Roland Emmerich, Baz Luhrmann, Mel Gibson, Luc Besson, Todd Phillips and many others are on my list.
What’s next for you Enzo? Any other projects you’ll be working on that you would like to tell your fans about?
The First Secret is one of my biggest babies! It’s 007 meets Batman with superpowers, an epic story of lust, power, politics, and betrayal that will raise the biggest Hispanic superhero in the history of Hollywood. This project is based on the real person who inspired Ian Fleming to invent the secret 007 agent “James Bond.” We hope to resume production as soon as possible.
Lastly, is there any message that you would like to convey to your supporters from all around the world?
Love yourself, I believe in you. You can do it! Take your life in your hands and make it a masterpiece.