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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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Three Words That Went So Viral That Kylie Wants To Trademark Them – And Why She’s Right To Do It.

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It all started when Kylie Jenner gave us a tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube. Then, she went to wake her sleeping daughter, singing “rise and shine.”

Maybe it was the way she sang it, but it went viral, memes followed, and it became the most hashtagged phrase EVER on Tik Tok. Almost immediately.

Within a week, she filed an application to trademark the phrase, hoping to turn the now viral moment into a merchandising opportunity. Folks called it excessive and silly, claiming such a common expression shouldn’t be up for the taking.

Those people are wrong. What it is, is smart.

Take a look – the seemingly innocuous moment happens 15 minutes in to the tour.

Why is it smart? Because if she doesn’t trademark it, someone else will. People are ALL about capitalizing on viral moments, and if she didn’t, someone else would have tried to use Kylie’s influence to benefit themselves, just like people are using the #RiseAndShine hashtag right now for views and likes. And that’s not taking advantage of it?

In fact, she’s not the first person to even apply for a trademark for the phrase. Roughly 100 applications, some active, some dead, have been filed with variations of the phrase over the years. A mattress company liked the sound of it, so did a coffee company, a beer, snack mix, and Hardee’s wanted to use it to promote breakfast entrees. All of them make sense. McDonald’s trademarked the common phrase “I’m Lovin’ It.” Emeril trademarked “Bam!” and Paris Hilton trademarked “That’s hot.” Having the trademark doesn’t prohibit everyone else from saying it in conversation, but it does limit the ability for others to monetize it for themselves. It keeps a phrase that is uniquely attributed to another person or business from being used in a misleading way for monetary gain by others. Sports announcer Michael Buffer wisely trademarked “Let’s get ready to rumble” so that others couldn’t go and make t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise with a catchphrase that he made famous. Anyone can file for a trademark on a phrase. In the end, the trademark office will decide if the application has merit. Before you do, it is suggested you seek the advice of a legal expert.

By now we know that Kylie Jenner is a successful business woman, given the enormous popularity of Kylie Cosmetics. It stands to reason that she is going to expand her scope of business. No matter WHAT she decided to name a spinoff of her brand, she would trademark it. By jumping on a phrase that is now already organically linked to her, thanks to the fans themselves, she merely did the SMART thing. Coming up with a brand name is one of the hardest things an entrepreneur does. Half of the ideas are taken, the others you don’t love, and sometimes the ones you do love other people don’t like.

So before we start hating on Kylie’s fast acting ingenuity, we should be inspired and do some of it ourselves!

For more pop culture and entertainment analysis, follow @BrianBalthazar on twitter!

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VIDEO: Why Paris Hilton Is A Chameleon.

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Paris Hilton sat down with me and Makho Ndlovu at the People Now studios to talk about her new fragrance “Electrify,” the first song she plays when she’s DJ’ing, and what character’s she likes the play… in real life!

What an amazing time it is visiting and guest co-hosting People Now. The people on camera and behind the scenes couldn’t be more kind and welcoming! And Paris herself was absolutely charming and sweet.


 

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Watch How This Hasselhoff Deepfake Takes Years Off The Actor!

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Visual effects artist Chris Ume takes countless images of David Hasselhoff from his past Baywatch days, then creates a younger avator, blending the new, artificial Hof onto the real life Hoff.

The process of this crazy magic? It’s called a Deepfake = combining and superimposing existing images and videos onto a source image or video. The process is incredible, and yet still relatively in its infancy. If things keep progressing this genre as we can only expect they will, it’s not a stretch to imagine that we could someday see an actor actress play a younger version of themselves so convincingly we won’t see how they did it.

To follow more of his work, subscribe to Chris’ youtube channel.

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