OBZ führte online am 18. Juli 2019 mit Eric D’Agostino das Interview.
Im September 2019 wird endlich STEAM ROOM STORIES: DER FILM auf DVD in den USA veröffentlicht. Dann ist der Weg bis nach Deutschland auch nicht mehr weit. OBZ sprach mit dem Star des Films Eric D’Agostino über den Film, seine Rolle im Film und weitere Themen. Eric der sympathisch-liebe Typ von nebenan mit dem verträumten Blick zum Verlieben.
Vielen Dank das Sie sich Zeit nehmen.
OBZ: Thank you for taking the time for us. After a few short films, after „Teenage Cocktail“ with „STEAM ROOM STORIES: THE MOVIE“ comes your second feature film and your first starring role in a feature film. How did you come to the SRS project?
D’AGOSTINO: I was brought in to audition and went from there. We had a few chemistry reads with a handful of actors so it took a minute to find the right guys.
OBZ: Please tell us something about the movie and about your role.
D’AGOSTINO: The movie is such a feel good, light-hearted little ride that focuses on a love story between two guys. My character not only doesn’t have to apologize or explain his sexuality, but he grows into his confidence in standing up for himself in his career.
OBZ: So the movie is about saving the Steam Room? And yet, the story is actually more about the relationship between Neil and Wade?
D’AGOSTINO: Definitely. The guys I become friends with in the steam room are struggling keeping their gym. But the focus then turns on the relationship between Neil and Wade. They both have feelings for each other and help each other blossom as everything unfolds.
OBZ: In the movie STEAM ROOM STORIES you change from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. Was it difficult to embody the different facets?
D’AGOSTINO: Well thanks for calling me a beautiful swan, I’m telling everyone to call me that for now on. It wasn’t hard at all. Everyone has a past so finding Neil’s insecurities was what was the most important to focus on.
OBZ: They play in the movie on the side of Traci Lords. How was the collaboration with a legend? After all, she shoots movie like CRY-BABY, SERIAL MOM, FROSTBITE or BLADE.
D’AGOSTINO: She’s so incredible and a force. She has such a powerful presence and made every scene I had with her super easy to connect and feel intimidated by her. Her and Neil have a huge power dynamic in their relationship and she would walk around with it on set, which made my job simple. She’s a sweetheart, too.
OBZ: Wie war die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Regisseur JC und mit den anderen Schauspielern? How was the collaboration with the director JC and with the other actors?
D’AGOSTINO: JC is one of the most relaxed, collaborative, calming and smart people I have worked with. He doesn’t take himself too seriously which allowed for me to get out of my own head. Jacob, Isaiah, Forrest, Chris and Paris (the Steam room guys) are so funny with such ease. They would play off each other so well it was easy to sit back and let them do their thing. I learned so much watching them.
OBZ: Was it difficult to be so free in front of the camera?
D’AGOSTINO: It’s always difficult to get out of your head. Because of the relaxed atmosphere on set JC created, I understood the relationship Neil was trying to create and kept my heart on who he was trying to become. I think we all judge ourselves on how free we can be in real life. On camera it’s no different. I just focused on what Neil wants.
OBZ: In your biography you can read that you also write. What are you writing? And what has already been published?
D’AGOSTINO: I do! I’m currently working on a documentary and a feature. The feature is called Four Years and it’s basically a memoir of my beginning years in this industry. We are still in development and hope to begin in early 2020.
OBZ: With whom would you like to work together?
D’AGOSTINO: I love directors Derek Cianfrance, David Fincher, Greta Gerwig and Ava DuVernay to name a few. I have a crush on Jennifer Lawrence and Ricky Martin, too. I would like to work with anyone that wants to tell original stories focusing on minorities. It’s incredibly important right now.
OBZ: Have you ever been to Germany before?
D’AGOSTINO: No but I want to visit so badly. I can’t wait to see what Berlin looks like in person.
OBZ: Would you act in a German movie as well?
D’AGOSTINO: I would love to act in a German film. I don’t know how to speak the language, but it would be a challenging and beautiful opportunity. I loved IN THE FADE. I can tell Fatih knows how to work with actors.
OBZ: Imagine now you have the opportunity to thank all your friends and family. What would you say to them?
D’AGOSTINO: Thank you all for being interested in my life, no matter where I go. That’s all I could ever ask for.
OBZ: What can we expect of you in the future?
D’AGOSTINO: Beyond being an actor, I will write, produce and direct. I have so many stories I want to tell and be a part of in so many ways. I’m currently shooting a supporting role in a film called THE STARS AND THE STORMS. Big things are happening very soon!
Kleiner Steckbrief (persönlich von Eric D’Agostino ausgefüllt):
Geburtsdatum/Date of birth: 9/15/1994
Geburtsort/Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Hobbies: Playing with dogs, soccer, hiking, lifting, writing, napping, drinking tequila.
Lieblingsfilm/Favorite film: Ordinary People & E.T.
Lieblingsmusik/Favorite music: Pop and Alternative
Lieblingsessen/Favorite food: Nachos
Lieblingsbuch/Favorite book: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Lieblingsstadt/Favorite City: New York City & Sydney
Lieblingsland/Favorite Country: England
Lebensmotto/Life motto: We’re all just trying to figure it out.
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