EXCLUSIVE: Juan Pablo di Pace Talks "Explosive" New Season of 'Dallas'


That’s awesome! When do you decide you wanted to pursue acting? 

When I was about sixteen. I mean...before, I was so obsessed with being a painter. I wanted to make animation movies. I wanted to pain and draw...that was my thing, and I was good at it! I was doing a play for school, and the first time I stepped on stage, it was magic. It was like, “Hold on a minute. This is what I should be doing.” It was literally like someone just punched me in the face with the most amazing drug...you know? It was incredible. 

So, after that experience, it was clear to me that I had to go and study. I didn’t know where. I didn’t know how. I didn’t have a clue, but I started thinking about where I can study this because I wanted to do it for real. I mean, I always say my sister doing plays and things. My sister is an amazing actress, and has always been the actress of the family. So, I always saw her and thought, “Wow, she has balls!” It is so hard to be in front of an audience. And so, in the back of my mind, I always loved the idea of it...but until I studied the page, I didn’t pursue it. So yeah, I guess I was about sixteen years old. 

One of the things I love about Dallas is that it feels like a Mexican telenovela. Do you agree? 

You’re right! You’re right. I think it’s one of those few shows -- if not the only show on TV -- that can get away with the soapy-ness and the tone. You don’t feel like people are overacting. You don’t feel like it’s “put on” or too much. It’s just right...because, it’s Dallas! You kind of expect all the backstabbing, ambition, and greed. So, I think, we’re very lucky to be in a show that has that license, but still keeps the soul of a great drama. On one hand, it’s a great drama. On the other hand, it’s a soap. I think it’s a really amazing balance...and with all the Latinos on the show, it feels like a trailblazing show in a way. Because you can sometimes have shows all about Latinos, and you sometimes have shows with one Latino characters. But, in this show, they don’t make a big deal out of it. It’s very organic. There’s 30 to 40 percent Latinos on this show, and it’s part of the story. It’s not a song and dance. It just happens to be like that, and I think that’s great. They’re not trying to underline it and say, “We’re covering minorities.” It’s just a part of the show. Of course, Julie (Gonzalo) and Jordana (Brewster) are the most beautiful and talented women out there. It’s terrific to be working with them and Kuno (Becker) as well. 

So, what comes next for you? 

We’re a few months away from wrapping, but right now, I have to say that I’m completely immersed in Dallas. I have no time right now to even think of anything else -- the stuff we’re filming is intense! But, of course, I think I’m going to stay in the States, and we’ll see what happens with the season! I think it’s a very exciting season. Season 1 was great. Season 2 was fantastic. But this one...is the most explosive yet. I’d love to keep doing great stuff, and keeping working in the United States because it’s lived up to my expectations.

Catch Dallas on TNT every Monday at 9 EST/ 8 CST. Watch the trailer for season three below: 

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