Vinicius Machado has come a long way since his days as Brazilian exchange student, Faymen Phorchin, on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
The Brazilian American actor has taken on some tough roles in the last 10 years -- but nothing compares to his character on STARZ's highly-anticipated new series, Power.
From executive producer, rapper 50 Cent, Power follows James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York nightclub owner who leads a double life as one of the city's biggest drug kingpins. The show boasts an elite and diverse cast of actors, including Latinos Luis Antonio Ramos, Leslie Lopez and J.R. Ramirez.
We caught up with Machado to get the scoop on the gritty drama, chat about Latino stereotypes in Hollywood, and get the details on his Brazilian roots.
Check it out below:
We can't wait to see the season premiere of Power. Can you tell us a little bit about your character?
I play Nomar. He's like a gangster, but he's also a pedophile. So, you know, you get to see a little bit of a different color within the stereotype. He's dating his boss's 14-year-old daughter secretly, which his boss doesn't know. The FBI finds out, and uses that to blackmail him and to coerce him to become their CEI -- Counter Intelligence -- in order to extract information from the gang and their most wanted locals.
That's intense! What was your first impression when you read the script?
Well, I didn't get to readthe script until I actually got the role. But, my immediate reaction was just what a grand opportunity! I play the stereotypical gangster all the time, but here was something different where I was able to explore and to venture into a fresh way of looking into that box. Representing a gangster with the whole pedophile thing -- and just approaching him as a human being. It was a grand opportunity for me, and I just wanted to be a part of it. I'm glad I got the opportunity.
How are all the characters breaking away from the gangster stereotypes?
There's a human aspect to each character. It's not just your stereotypical crime drama where you know you're going to have good cop/bad cop or a bad guy being chased by a good guy and things like that. There's a reality of the human heart here, and everybody's dealing with that. There's also the question within -- especially with Ghost's character -- and how that translates into other characters. They're all tied hand-in-hand, which leads to one big question: if you lead a double life and get away with it, what would that whole life look like for you?
So there's all these different elements being intertwined into this big picture of a crime drama -- or however you want to put it. There's a lot more to the concept and to the show than what meets the eye.
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