JULIANO CAZARRÉ: FROM ASA NORTE TO AVENIDA BRASIL

The guy from Brasilia, who has provoked sighs from women at primetime, rejects labels, defines himself as a normal guy, father, instead of a gym would rather a good book and likes better the Federal Capital than the lifestyle in Rio.

By Patrick Selvatti
Translated by Klyder Fernandes

Photo by Diego Bresani

From REVISTA NARCISO #1

The mad rhythm in the lifestyle of a guy who is on the 9pm soup opera, memorizing lines, shooting several scenes a day and living in Rio-Brasília in order to balance workand family demands objectivity and optimization of time. Still, Adauto in “Avenida Brasil” has got time in his schedule for a quick and direct chat with REVISTA NARCISO. Right at the beginning, Juliano Cazarré warns that it is not mincing words or subterfuge. “I have direct answers. I am honest and transparent with my feelings and ideas,” defines the actor, explaining that this personality trait comes from his roots from the south. Although, having spent most of his 32 years in Brasilia, the parents of the hunk are from the heart of Rio Grande do Sul, and even after living in the Capital, they decided to go to Pelotas just so that the birth would happen in the family context.”We were always in the South, at least twice a year. Growing up in a family from the there influenced me as much as if I had lived there. Certain features of mine, such as not tolerating insolence or injustice, are very typical”, he explains.

I said “heartthrob” up there? I take back what you have just read. Juliano does not like being called that. “Dude, for real, I do not think I’m a heartthrob. In the first job I was a thug and now I am the crazy little guy. The heartthrob wears Armani suit, leather jacket. Now I’m only wearing shorts and flip flops! “, he dodges.The first soup opera that he refers to is “Insensato Coração”, broadcast last year, also at prime time of TV Globo, and that launched the actor to the masses.In the plot, he was a villain who appeared shirtless most of the time and had a torrid affair with his “madam.” Playing the role of Ismael, he was most of the time almost naked, and between a cruel little job and another obeying his boss Dona Norma (Glória Pires), he drove the women crazy – and men – that like a real boor. Back to prime time, practically linking one role to the next, playing his current street sweeper character called Adalto, who is better behaved and has better nature and every now and then shows his good shape and again lives scenes of passion with a mature woman called Muricy (Eliane Giardini), Juliano rejects to be called a heartthrob, though. After being told that he is the new Jose Mayer, he says that the comparison is nonsense. And says: “I hate labels”.

The success of Juliano Cazarré is undeniable. His two most visible characters on television are not part of the main plot, but they participate in other central cores of the soups. In Avenida Brasil, for example, he is one of the responsible for bringing a little levity to the dense atmosphere that involves a revenge which is the backbone of the story created by João Emanuel Carneiro. Some fans on streets, inevitably, bring a bit of discomfort. Juliano says that he tries to do his best regarding the requests for photographs, but confesses that he finds boring posing for photographs and even more boring giving autographs. “Nowadays every phone has a camera and the number requests has increased a lot. But I try to please the fans, because I put myself on their shoes, even though I don`t think they try to put themselves in mine.”, he blurted. Avoiding labels or not, Juliano came to TV bringing the image of manhood. Maybe we could put the blame on the shape of the actor, 83kg well distributed in his 1.80 body, arm tattooed, hairy chest and a face that defies the common look of those of “Malhação”, the guy, who hates labels, does not avoid the cliche. “In reality, I’m more concerned with my health than my appearance. I believe that if I’m healthy, I’m going to look good”, he says. In order to keep the good shape, Juliano isn`t the type that clocks in and out at the gym, he lifts weight at a nice gym in Barra da Tijuca – his address in Rio – “just to keep chest and legs up”, though. His main sport is running, which, according to him, is good for the mind and spirit. Besides, seeking balance between the mind and the body is a trait in his profile. Inside the pretty face and the manly body, there is a guy who combines the look and the personality oriented for the intellect. The heartthrob (ops!) that appears on the telly showing his nude, in real life, doesn`t consider himself a slave of vanity. But he has style, wears glasses, likes dressing up from head to toe and watching good movies and plays, reading nice books, listening to good music and chatting with interesting people. “I’m a normal guy. I’m not the cutest nor ugliest. I’m not the smartest neither the dumbest “, says Cazarré.

Cultural Luggage – He’s a cult guy, who studied arts at the University of Brasilia (UNB) and learned to practice the techniques in Brasilia, acting on stages at theaters and alternative movies. Juliano Cazarré started his career in plays acclaimed by Hugo Rodas – playing “Adubo”, that in his national tour was complimented by Fernanda Montenegro – he doesn’t hide his preference to theater. In fact, he says that his dream is to have a partner to work with art in its academic form. “I have dedication to explore the language, the body, the voice, the theater rite, thus, I’d like to be able to come up with parts of my own with time and care,” he confides, adding that he finds references in groups like LUME, from Campinas, or Odin Teatret. If in theater, Juliano made ​​his school, the graduation happened in the movies. His debut took place in Brasilia in the beginning of the last decade, when he worked in the short “Suicide Citizen”, of director Iberê Carvalho, and “Tragic Moment” by Cybele Amaral. In 2005, he starred in the controversial “The Design,” a movie by José Eduardo Belmonte who promoted his first contact with the actor Mateus Natchergaele, a star of global production that later would open a wide door. The actor / director invited him to be part of the main cast of the production “The feast of the dead girl,” which was released in 2008. Before, however, Juliano had been on the big screen as a member of the acclaimed “Tropa de Elite” by José Padilha and was nominated for the award of best actor at a festival in Gramadol for his performance as one of the boyfriends of Valentine Leandra Leal in “Name” directed by Murilo Salles. “This nomination was something out of this world. It was not yet time to take a Kikito home, but it was an incredible boost to my career”, recalls the actor.

The film represents a watershed in the history of Juliano. After the film Natchergaele and Kikito nomination, he was in productions such as “VIPs”, “Bruna Surfistinha” and “Assalto ao Banco Central”, in which he was in scenes with Wagner Moura, Deborah Secco and Lima Duarte. He hasn’t played a protagonist yet, but has made ​​his name in cinema through small contributions that have influenced the course of productions. “A role gave me the chance to take part in the next audition, I passed the tests and kept working,” he summarizes, adding that television feeds itself with people that come from films and theaters. “Films and theaters feed themselves with big names of television as a way to attract more attention to the productions”, he adds.

The passion for cinema is another feature of the actor’s personality, who finds references in films of directors, such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Cohen Brothers, Lars Von Trier and Terrence Malick. Juliano gets quite excited when it comes to Argentine cinema. “We should take advantage of the fact that Argentines are beside us to learn from them how to make not only good, simple and cheap films but also with great stories,” he advises, pointing out the main flaws in scripts of Brazilian cinema. According to Cazarré, the market is getting better, with several films surpassing one million viewers thanks to great actors, directors and photographers, but he has serious critics about scripts. “They are often weak, with poor dialogues. The conception that cinema is a camera in hand and an idea in mind hasn`t helped us. The industry is expensive and complex, the public is demanding. Especially in Brazil, where ticket prices are absurd”, he recalls.

Juliano collects 11 films in his career and is awaiting the debut of three more. The kid who came from the blocks 312 and 716 of North Wing (see box) gained international recognition and can be seen soon beside his friend Maria Flor, in the production “360”, a Brazilian film of Fernando Meirelles shot in London, England, having as protagonists Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins. “It was great to work abroad, get to know London and realize that cinema is cinema anywhere you go, but maybe they have to be more careful with actors there.” Asked if he would follow the steps of his fellow Brazilians with international projection as Sonia Braga, Rodrigo Santoro and Alice Braga, Juliano went straight to the point, just like at the beginning of the interview. “I do not intend to follow the anyone’s steps. I want to build my own unique journey. If you ask me if I want to work abroad, then yes. I would love to have this opportunity again, “concluded the actor, who turns out to have a hard time liking literature that is written nowadays, preferring to read classics such as Mario Quintana and João Cabral de Melo Neto, and who likes to listen to old Jamaican reggae and Brazilian music in his Ipod.

 A family man 

Family is something that feeds Juliano in life. His clan has strong artistic performance. The father is the writer Lawrence Cazarré and siblings, Eric and Marieta Cazarré, are working together on a production in the Federal Capital. “Our relationship is good and strong. We have Always talked about art, we give hints to the work of one another and have plans to work together on some projects. “, he says.
Married to Leticia, a biologist, and father of Vincent, two years old, Juliano lives in Brasilia, but at the moment, he is traveling all the time to Rio because of the soup. “But my city, my home, is Brasilia,” he makes sure to make it clear, saying that he hasn’t adapted to the hectic routine of Rio-São Paulo. The reality in Brasilia, he understands well. Juliano spent his childhood and early adolescence in 312 North, at a time when gangs dominated the streets of Plano Piloto. “I never got into this, partly because I was much younger than all those people. Actually, I suffered a bit in their hands, “he recalls. As a teenager, he lived in 716 North and toke swimming class. “It was great to have a lot of friends to practice sports with from Monday to Saturday. I used to spend weekends going to malls and matinees, and also traveling to compete. It was a very fun and healthy adolescence “, he says.

About his son Vicente, Cazarré hopes that his son have a childhood and adolescence as good as his, and that, in 20 years, Vincente be in a better world. “I would like my son to find a less corrupt, violent and unfair country. Thinking of the world, a planet more tolerant, less aggressive and more aware of our environmental fragility”, dreams the exemplary father.

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