About Insider Interview with Actor Marco Labate

Brazilian actor Marco Labate started his acting journey when he decided to drop out of renowned business university Insper in Brazil to move to Los Angeles and attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts LA for an associate`s degree in Acting. Since making the move to the bright lights of Hollywood, Marco has appeared in many movies that showcase his unique talent. 

HI MACRO LABATE, WELCOME TO ABOUT INSIDER! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHAT WITH US! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?
Hello, I am Marco Labate, an actor from Brazil, now living in Los Angeles. I began my journey into acting by making this crazy move from studying business at Insper in Brazil to pursuing an associate degree in acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. This shift was inspired by a conversation with a friend who shared her own aspirations to go abroad and pursue acting, sparking a realization in me about my deep-seated passion for performing and storytelling. I’ve always been drawn to creating and editing videos to entertain others, but it was this pivotal moment that made me realized I also wanted to be in front of the camera. At the Academy, I immersed myself in the world of acting, connecting with fellow international actors and participating in plays and short films. This environment not only nurtured my passion but also allowed me to collaborate creatively with friends, including producing my own short film. Growing up in Brazil, where filmmakers are often overlooked, I always felt like an outlier. Despite initially pursuing a career in business, once I became aware of my true passion in entertainment, I knew I had to follow my heart and do everything to achieve my dreams.

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SUCCESS OF THE MOVIE ‘‘PROJECT 405: LOST AT SEA.’ TELL US ABOUT THE MOVIE.
The movie is about Alexia, a painter who is currently dealing with the tragic loss of the love of her life. She is committed to finishing a painting that means a lot to her but finds herself blocked from creativity when things get too hard. The-O, her personal AI assistant, is on a mission to relieve her of suffering no matter what it takes, even if its methods might become a little extreme…I play Gabriel, the boyfriend of Alexia. 

ARE YOU ANYTHING LIKE YOUR CHARACTER?
The character is pretty much me. I even got to speak my native language (Portuguese) in the film. Gabriel is a man who really values kind gestures and demonstrating his appreciation for the people he loves. He’s going to be there for you any time of the day.

WAS THE ROLE CHALLENGING, AND DID YOU HAVE TO PREPARE MUCH FOR IT?
Preparing for this role was completely based on the power of my imagination. I had to become clueless to the plot of the story and instead just allow myself to inhabit Alexia’s mind. I would often close my eyes and envision all the things we’ve been through together. 
I wanted to come into it as a symbol for her, someone who symbolized stillness and peace. So that’s what I made myself feel on camera.

HOW DID THE MOVIE COME ABOUT?
This movie actually came from an idea my friend Gica and I had for a script. We wanted to bring the idea of someone getting stuck in a fantasy as a way to cope with loss to the screen. We started writing it and pitched the idea to our great director and writer Josie Hull, who completed the script and brought in her production company Fender Bender Films into the equation. I’m extremely grateful for her and Diana Kindra (co-owner), as well as Gica and my roommate Diné, as this would never have been possible without them.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD FILMING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU?
I enjoy filming in an environment where everybody involved is there out of passion. Especially in low budget independent productions, there’s this hunger for art. No corporate decisions being made, just artistic vision.
I like it when problems come up and everybody gets together to find a solution, without panicking. The bumps are part of the road, so when problem-solving comes from passion, there’s no reason to lose it.

WHICH ACTORS / DIRECTORS WOULD YOU LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH IN FUTURE? 
Leonardo DiCaprio always left me in awe with his truth on camera so I would love to learn from him. I also am a big fan of Robert Downey Jr. and his style. As for directors, I would love to be in a movie directed by Quentin Tarantino, everything about his movies scream “Hollywood!” to me. It would also be an honor to be directed by Dennis Villeneuve. I have to mention the Dune movies, true masterpieces of cinema.

IF YOU HAD ONE MESSAGE TO GIVE TO YOUR FANS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Don’t stop believing. Your mindset is everything in this industry, so if your whole body tells you to do something, do it and ask no questions. Hop on that train and don’t leave until you get to your destination. Believe you’re the best and fake it ‘till you make it!

HOW CAN WE CONNECT WITH YOU?
Thank you, guys, for having me! People can check out IMDb @Marco Labate and Instagram @marcolabatee