With his new film ‘Theatre in the Round’ being showcased at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the New Frontier VR’s category, Silvio Defant has an acting career with valuable achievements. His first film as a child, the non-profit film (Life as a Dance) for Kids in the Spotlight, Inc won Best Ensemble at the KITS Award. He is also the star of a facebook commercial The Spot that was shown internationally in Movie Theatres, TV, Social Networks and Facebook´s web site. He won the best Actor in 2014 at the Minnesota Morris Film Festival.
We recently caught up with brilliantly talented and humble actor Silvio Defant from Italy. Here is what he had to share with the readers:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when did you first get into performing?
My name is Silvio Defant and I am an Italian actor. I was born and raised in a little town in the Italian Alps and have been acting in school theatre productions since elementary school — but what I consider my first real show was Euripides’ “Bacchae”, I was 16 years old and I played Pentheus. A friend of mine directed the play and cast me in it and the show turned out very well: we performed at my hometown’s local theatre and we even caught the attention of some local newspapers. I always think about that performance as my first, and the one that really opened my eyes to this new world for me.
What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?
I grew up watching television and films and acting has always been my secret dream. When I was young I never thought that performing could be more than just a childhood dream so I never considered it more than a simple passion. However, in high school, the more I was involved in theatre, the more I realized that this dream was not as crazy as I thought it was. I started seeing it as a challenge and that drove me to move forward and to want to become a “real” actor. The university gave me the tools to develop my abilities and to make the dream even more concrete. A few days after graduation I moved to LA, so it wasn’t just a dream anymore, but reality –and the rest they say, is history!
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I have a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota Morris. During my three and a half years of college experience I was involved in 6 different theatre productions and acted in multiple student films, and, thanks to the National Student Exchange program, I studied at the California State University Northridge for 2 semesters. CSUN, a college in the LA area well known for its film department, gave me the opportunity to study film acting and cinematography, and gave me a well-rounded understanding and experience of the Hollywood actor’s life.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
People tell me that I have crazy eyes, so I often play bad guys. Which is great! They are the most exciting and entertaining to play. Last year I was in a film called “Livestock” where I played a psychopathic cannibal that would kill people and feed them to their friends. It was very gruesome, but that might have been my favorite character to this point. It was a very challenging character to play, physically demanding and I even had to shave my head!
What has been one of the most exciting achievements of your career so far?
I received an award for Best Actor at my university film festival, I have also done a Facebook commercial that millions of people will see all over the world, and I am currently shooting two films that will be presented at the Sundance Film Festival. These are my achievements on paper. Personally though, the greatest achievement has been getting cast in every single acting performance I have done so far. Every time I look back at where I started and at all the difficulties that might have stopped me from chasing this dream — I know they are all in the past and the new ones in front of me are going to be a little bit easier.
What projects do you have coming up?
Currently I am about to wrap up two short films that, as I said before, will be presented at Sundance and other film festivals. I have also lined up a couple of feature films that will be shot at the end of the summer and a national commercial in fall.
Who would you most like to work with?
Edgar Wright, because I love the style of his movies and his concept “what if something incredible happens to someone very regular”. Wes Anderson, because his making art at his purest form. Federico Fellini, because who would have not want to work with the best? David Lynch, because I could play the “baddest” characters. And naturally Quentin Tarantino.
What are your plans for the future?
Keep moving forward, improve my acting skills and cross more finish lines. One of them would be also doing a TV series. I truly believe that this is the golden age of television and there are such great roles out there, just waiting to be played. Also, I would love to shoot a big project back in Italy, it would give me the joy of bringing my passion back home and showing the world the beauties of my homeland.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Be passionate. There is nothing more attractive to anyone in the industry than those who are doing what they love and who believe in their creative drive. Not only your love for the art will make you a better performer, but it will make people want to work with you.