Today, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Marco Colao, a talented actor with an impressive portfolio. Marco, thank you for joining us. Let’s dive right in. Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got into acting?
Marco Colao: Absolutely! I was born in Florence and, upon finishing high school, I initially had plans to join the army and become a soldier. I believed it would be my ticket to an adventurous and adrenaline-filled life, much like the characters in the movies I had always dreamed of. However, fate had a different plan for me. A friend convinced me to attend an acting class as an auditor, led by director Giuseppe Ferlito at the “Immagina” school of drama. Surprisingly, I excelled in the class and caught the attention of Giuseppe, who later offered me a small role as Riccardo in his film “Infernet.”
That’s quite a fortunate turn of events! After your studies, what led you to Rome, and what were some of your early experiences there?
Marco Colao: Upon completing my acting studies, I decided to move to Rome. During my first year in the city, I had the opportunity to work once again with the producers of “Infernet” on their new film “Un amore cosi grande.” I portrayed the character of Matteo, directed by Christian de Matteis and sharing the screen with the international artists of “il Volo.” Additionally, I had the pleasure of working on the international commercial for Ferragamo Signorina, directed by Gordon Von Steiner. These early experiences allowed me to grow as an actor and solidify my passion for the craft.
It sounds like you had a diverse range of projects early on. Could you share some highlights from your career since then?
Marco Colao: Certainly! I had the opportunity to work as a lead role in the docu-series “Terzo Indizio,” which aired on Rete 4, one of the most prominent national channels. In 2019, I also had a guest role as Valerio Todini in the national TV series “Il paradiso delle signore.” One of the unforgettable moments was being selected by the renowned singer Laura Pausini, along with Biagio Antonacci, to play the lead role in the music video for their song “In questa nostra casa nuova.” The video was directed by Gaetano Morbioli. More recently, in 2021, I participated in the film project “Tre di troppo,” working alongside Fabio De Luigi in a small role. I also had the pleasure of being the episode protagonist in the national TV series “Fosca Innocenti,” acting alongside Vanessa Incontrada. And lastly, I was honored to be chosen as the lead role in the international commercial for “Barilla Vero Gusto,” directed by Jean Paul Frenai.
It’s impressive to see the range of projects you’ve been involved in. As you reflect on your journey, what have been some of the most valuable lessons you’ve learned as an actor?
Marco Colao: Throughout my career, I’ve learned the importance of perseverance and continuously honing my craft. Each project has taught me valuable lessons, allowing me to grow both personally and professionally. Collaborating with talented individuals from different backgrounds has broadened my perspective and enriched my acting abilities. I’ve also come to appreciate the significance of embracing new challenges and stepping outside my comfort zone. Ultimately, I believe that passion, dedication, and a willingness to take risks are vital ingredients for success in the acting industry.
Thank you, Marco, for sharing your incredible journey and insights with us. We wish you continued success in your acting career.
Marco Colao: Thank you so much for having me. It’s been a pleasure. I look forward to what lies ahead in my acting endeavors.