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POP INTERVIEW: Victor Alfieri, Former Soap Opera Villain, Now On TNT’s “Southland”

After roles on Days of Our Lives, Passions, All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful, former policeman Victor Alfieri played one in Angels & Demons. Now he’s reprising his role as Victor Cifuentes on TNT’s Southland.

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Victor Alfieri spent the late 90’s to early 2000’s with roles on Days of Our LivesPassionsAll My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful. A former policeman in Italy, he left after years to make it in American show business – years later, he ironically played a police officer in Angels & Demons. He reprised his role as Victor Cifuentes on TNT’s Southland on tonight’s episode.

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What do you bring to the table as a European actor that gives you something special not found in America?
My broken English…joking…well that too, as long as I am able to truly express myself I know I can bring that Italian passion to the table, sometimes it is too much and I have to tone it down, but people seem to like it, and I am glad the American audience is really open for accents so they have accepted me for who I really am…A real Roman… But being Italian has its downside, especially the humor part that sometimes gets me into trouble. 🙂

You are on the TNT show “Southland” again! What happened to bring back your character? How fun was it shooting with that set again?
They brought me back because Victor Cifuentes is still involved in the Sammy/Tammi story line. My character is still in love with Tammi, and he’s taking care of her and the baby. She now lives at his place. I always liked the show, the way it is filmed, very close to reality…It’s a lot of fun and the cast and crew are great to work with.

In your opinion, what do you have that stands out to casting directors?
Well, considering that I love pasta and pizza too much…I don’t have a perfect “washboard abs”…considering that I live in Hollywood where there are millions of great looking actors…then I guess I do a good job with my acting. In the end I’d rather be a Brando kind of guy than be on a diet…

As a kid, you created your own sketch comedy act. Do you still have a funny bone hidden in your soul?
Yup, I love comedy. I have a very dry sense of humor, so at times people don’t get it or think, “Is he for real?” When you get to know me then you say, “Oh yes…he’s for real.”

What kind of comedy do you envision for yourself if you could work on any comedy director’s set?
I like any kind of comedy. I like to also challenge myself, so bring it on.

As a model, you encountered a horrible issue when several people scarred your face. I cannot imagine the pain, emotionally and physically, this must have done to you. What lessons did you learn as a result? How long did it take you to get over this, or are you still not over it?
It was what it was. Life is not fair at times, but you have to roll with the punches (in my case literally roll with the punches). In the end, I did suffer, who wouldn’t? But with time everything heals, as long as you maintain a good positive attitude and don’t let any negative experience change who you are. After that incident I joined the police force for almost 4 years. Anytime I see a person in need, I am still there to help, that experience did not change me, it made me stronger.

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For “My Sexiest Year,” you played a playboy. Do you feel you’re as charming as the character in real life?
I can be, but one thing me and my character don’t have in common is drugs. I cannot stand them. I don’t judge people that do, as long as they don’t bring them near me… 🙂

In America, women talk about how someone “isn’t a soap hunk.” We compare real life men, jokingly to men on soap operas. And the fact that you were one is very cool. When you had to do your job, what went into it? As light as the material is, you had to have been a great actor to do it for years, or they would have gotten rid of you in a day. How did you make the sometimes crazy storylines realistic?
As an actor, I find no difference between soaps, film or primetime TV. I was able to make it real simply because every time I have a chance to perform I do exactly the same thing: express myself…being truthful… and create a likable, real character that people might relate to. And I know that in daytime everything moves fast…you have to be that good.

As a boxer, what do you do so your body can bounce back from injury quickly? What workouts do you recommend for people who don’t box but want to get in shape?
To answer your first question: Advil…it really works! In 2010, I got hit by a hard blow on my ribs. It took me a few months to fully recover…so when you fight, you get it, but it’s all mental, like in life you get hit with good and bad times and it is just a matter how you get back up and continue on your journey…same thing in boxing…you may lose a match, but that is not going to stop you from fighting again. If you want to get in shape, first thing, again, it’s your head…make it a habit, really commit to it…it all starts there.

Please talk about your most recent film and how people can see it!
A SECRET PROMISE, I am very proud of it, my first lead in an American film. I play Ferro Olivetti, but it wasn’t written for me…The director Fred Manocherian took a chance, he believed in me, and in my accent…haha. The role was written for an American. I remember reading the script and the scene that really struck me the most was Ferro’s father dying. I related to that… I remember when my grandfather died…he was my father figure. Well, Fred made me screen test on that scene and I nailed it. In the cast: Talia Shire, Ione Skye and Ron Silver, I am so blessed to have worked with them. Me and Talia became good friends after the movie. You can see the movie on On Demand, DVD, Amazon or iTunes…

Lastly, what is your favorite authentic Italian restaurant in the USA? I’m sure you know like everyone else that American Italian is not true Italian cuisine because the sign outside said so!
My friends have a restaurant in Playa del Rey. I go often there. It’s really authentic. Caffe’ Pinguini is the name! I hope they will give me some free lasagna now that I mentioned their place!

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Amber Riley Performs Beautiful Tribute To Naya Rivera On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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RIP.

Whenever Amber Riley and Naya Rivera combined their insurmountable talents on the hit show Glee there was an almost tangible magic that left fans in awe of the powerhouse duo. Playing Mercedes Jones and Santana Lopez respectively, the two characters may not have always seen eye to eye but when they joined you knew you were in for a memorable performance. It is sad to think that we will never get another “River Deep, Mountain High” or “The Boy Is Mine” moment after Rivera’s passing last month but there is something special in knowing Riley will carry the torch for her fallen costar forever.

On Thursday night introduced by guest-host Lil Rel, Riley virtually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  to perform a new song from her EP entitled “A Moment” which was dedicated to Rivera. “Not too long ago we both lost a really amazing friend in a tragic accident and we both will miss her forever,” said Lil Rel. The performance is displayed in black and white and features Riley singing in front of a montage of photos of her former co-star. It is truly stunning.

Check out the tribute below.

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You Will Have Hearts In Your Eyes When You See Cardi B’s New Hair Do

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Wait till you see her WAP (Wonderfully Artistic Pigtails)

Cardi B has never shied away from a bold look and her latest hair do is proof of that.

The 27-year-old “WAP” singer…song of the year IMO…took to Instagram Tuesday night to show off her pink, heart-shaped pigtails and people are loving the look. In the short video Cardi asks fans if they would “go to the club with your hair like this” and I think we can all agree that this look would definitely turn heads at the clurb.

The artistic hair do was crafted by Cardi’s long time longtime stylist Tokyo Stylez and took at least three hours to complete. Fans commented about how beautiful the unique hairstyle is but questioned how the rapper was going to sleep that night. Let’s hope those pigtails can be twisted off and be thrown on the nightstand.

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Check It Out, Joe Jonas Has Shocked His Fans With His New Look

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I’m a sucker for his new do.

It doesn’t matter if you are more of a “Nick” or a “Kevin” or a “Joe” when it comes to loving the Jonas Brothers. All that matters is that you all agree with me that Joe is obviously the most attractive of the three brothers and that’s just a fact. I’m sorry but I don’t make the rules.

The 31-year old stunned fans today earlier today when he debuted a shocking new look on his Instagram. Sporting a black t-shirt and those signature dark, furry-Murray eyebrows, Joe flashed his new platinum blond buzzcut. I know I might be in the minority here but I do love when these Hollywood hotties switch it up and do the blond thing. I loved it on Adam Levine. I loved it on Zac Efron. I even found myself oddly drawn to the OG platinum stud, James Michael Tyler aka Gunther from Friends.

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Perhaps the new do is a part of Joe’s daddy-makeover as he and his wife, Sophie Turner, recently welcomed their first child, Willa. A source told ET “Sophie and Joe have named their daughter Willa. The couple’s bond has gotten even stronger since the addition of their daughter. Although circumstances are different right now because of the [coronavirus] pandemic, Joe was there for the birth of his daughter. The couple is happy they now have time to spend at home with their daughter and get used to their new life together.”

Be still my heart.

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