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Rising Star Francesco Bauco: “Diversity is powerful; You have to use what makes you unique”

Diversity is powerful. You have to use what makes you unique — in my case, it’s my accent. I have to reduce it, but I don’t want to lose it completely as it makes me what I am, Italian. It can affect our culture because my background, the way I speak, the way I move, relates to […]

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Diversity is powerful. You have to use what makes you unique — in my case, it’s my accent. I have to reduce it, but I don’t want to lose it completely as it makes me what I am, Italian. It can affect our culture because my background, the way I speak, the way I move, relates to my origin.


I had the pleasure to interview actor Francesco Bauco. With his winning charm and classic good looks, Italian actor Francesco Bauco is poised to take America by storm co-starring in Ford v. Ferrari, the highly anticipated biographical drama starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, directed by James Mangold. Francesco plays legendary race car driver Lorenzo Bandini who raced for the Ferrari team.


Thank you so much for doing this with us Francesco! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I grew up in Rome with pasta and wine. In addition I spent a lot of time at my family vineyard outside of Rome surrounded by nature.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

I have wanted to be an actor since I was 8 years old. There was a significant moment that I remember from an elementary school trip to a local theater. I was sitting in the audience and watching the lead actor on stage. Seeing him and the emotion that he brought to all of us inspired me become an actor.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

I was with Mike Tyson on set in Barcelona and he was playing an angel. In the scene, I was driving a car and he was in the backseat. He said to me:

“You know man? I’m not an actor so I’ll do my best in this scene.

So I said:

“You know what? I’m not a boxer, but I’ll do my best today as well!”

Then we both laughed together.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

The funniest mistake I have made was on set with Regina Hall. Honestly, I had no idea what she looked like. I just knew that I was going to shoot a very funny scene about her, with 2 of her friends flirting with me.

On set I saw 2 actresses sitting and waiting. I approached them and introduced myself. They smiled without saying their names. Meanwhile the crew was setting up the next shot for Regina Hall. So I pointed and said to the two actresses next to me “Ah, that’s Regina Hall!” Not even a minute later the assistant director calls over to one of the two actresses near me: “Regina, come this way, ready to shoot?”

The other girl was her stuntman!!! So embarrassing!

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I don’t talk about upcoming projects until they actually happen. It’s an Italian superstition. Not until it’s official. The only thing I can say the new project is about a very dark character.

We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

Diversity is powerful. You have to use what makes you unique — in my case, it’s my accent. I have to reduce it, but I don’t want to lose it completely as it makes me what I am, Italian. It can affect our culture because my background, the way I speak, the way I move, relates to my origin.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  1. To be prepared and know that all the work you did on your character may completely change once you get on set. Once the director says action… anything can happen.
  2. Read your lines in a loud voice and hear them out loud
  3. Don’t judge your character
  4. Find memories in your actual life that you can connect with, in the actual situation that you have to act out in, in the scene
  5. Don’t fall in love with the partner in your scene. (Believe me it happens very often!)

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I always repeat to myself this quote:

“ You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and your father proud of you.”

Meryl Streep

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

A special thanks is for Ivana Chubbuck. I met her in Rome and she invited me to her master class in Los Angeles. She brought out my dark side. The other special thanks goes to my manager Nelson Paredez Parks who had the courage to support an Italian actor with a strong accent.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Anything can happen“ is my motto. And in America … that’s real. Anything can happen in the land of opportunities.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

I‘d like to have a private lunch with Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro to learn a lot from them not only about acting, but about life.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

On IG for sure. @francescobauco

This was very meaningful, thank you so much!

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