In September last year, Netflix announced a new Brazilian series, “Olhar Indiscreto”. Portuguese Angelo Rodriguez was among the main actors. Since then, no further details about the project have been released, but it is known that the psychological thriller will debut on the streaming platform in 2022.
Now for the first time, Angelo Rodriguez has given an interview about the production. In a conversation with NiT, he talked about how he landed the role, described the differences in the recordings in relation to other projects and left some clues about the narrative and the big plot themes.
The list also includes Deborah NascimentoAnd Emmanuel Araujo And Nicholas Antunes, among other things. Read the interview.
The first images for the series were released in September. Were the recordings going?
It all started in May of last year, when I was recovering from another surgery to reconstruct my leg. On the exact day I get home, after being admitted to the hospital, my Brazilian agent called me to say I had a pre-call for Netflix. It was a very funny episode because I had to make a self-tape with four scenes where I had to look normal, right? The funny part was doing these scenes without anyone realizing that I couldn’t walk. Fortunately it worked.
When did the shooting start?
Rehearsals took place in August and registrations in September. Until the last minute, until I traveled to Brazil, I thought they were wrong because it was all so unexpected. Furthermore, I was physically weak and all of a sudden I got a casting call, if I get the role, I will have great access… Could they be wrong? Because this is a Netflix Brazil production and I’m the only Portuguese in the cast. But all went well and I embarked on this transatlantic experience, taking an intense emotional plunge into the rehearsals we had for a month. Since we were still in the context of a pandemic, all the professionals were completely lacking in communication. This made the rehearsal process even more special. From the moment we were able to meet physically in Sao Paulo, the rehearsals lasted about 10 hours with the entire cast playing games of surrender, surrender, and closeness. It became a very intense exchange, from sweat to tears [risos]. And it’s funny because I’ve been going to Brazil every year since 2012. And it took the world to stop, for us all staying home, for this reps to arrive – even across my room. There are unexpected things.
This project was presented as a psychological thriller. What can you find out about the story?
The story revolves around Miranda, who is a very skilled pirate who has a voyeuristic side. She is an insatiable voyeur who enjoys watching her neighbors in their most intimate moment. My character is Heitor Prado, a Portuguese businessman who owns a hotel chain. He is a wealthy person, a millionaire with some social influence. And in this hotel chain, one day there was a security problem in the computer system and they hired a hacker to solve this problem. This is where Hector meets Miranda for the first time. The psychological thriller revolves around their relationship – and the search for the biological father of my character’s daughter.
Was the production looking for a Portuguese actor to play the role?
No, that’s why I received this invitation with complete surprise, to the point that the character became Portuguese because of me.
In addition to the rehearsals you described, how did you prepare for the reincarnation of Hector?
The approach was completely different. The production would pick us up and take us to the hotel, and it seemed like we were living inside the psychological thriller we wanted to narrate. To create a relationship with my right hand on the show, the cast coach didn’t say anything to us and took us outside. Then he handed him the car key and told him to drive me through São Paulo and drop a text from there. In this, one of the series directors always records the rehearsal. He made an endless streak shot as we drove around Sao Paulo nonstop impromptu with each other. We build memories at rehearsals to appear in our relationship as personalities. Next, I think this production has some distinct factors.
who are they?
It is a project made exclusively by women, from conception to execution. is the origin of Marcela Citrioan Argentine writer, adapted by a Brazilian writer who is Camila Ravante. There are three directors, art director, cinematographer, sound operator, lighting operator, in the wardrobe – all of them women. This was my first time working on a project like this. Because Netflix wanted to tell a story with not only psychological but also sexual content and they wanted to provide fun through a female gaze. Eroticism with feminine care behind the camera. In general, these environments are predominantly male in Portugal. Another factor was that, since it was an odd project in terms of the topic it was going to touch on, there was an intimacy coordinator.
Expert in coordinating intimate scenes.
exactly. I think it’s part of the Netflix plan, where there’s an important sexual charge in the scenes, there has to be someone in charge of that build, that starts the rehearsals. We had the opportunity to do a different deconstruction of scenes. How do you recreate an exciting scene in a safe and comfortable environment?
What is the biggest challenge for this project?
Speak Brazilian Portuguese. This is clearly indicated in the self-tape. Even when we started working out physically – because we’d met before, via Zoom – I was suddenly thrown into a country that speaks our language but with a different flavor in dialect. It’s like acting with a tie. Since I’m conditioned by the dialect, improvisation becomes more complicated, for example. In parallel with production, I worked with a speech therapist. We were always doing vocal exercises—I finished recording, saw the texts I had for the next day, memorized the scenes at home, and part of my job was to send each scene individually to my speech therapist. She would respond when I woke up, like seven or eight in the morning, with little directions. Like “Angelo, don’t make this clip too long.”
Do you know when the “Olhar Indiscreto” show will start?
We only know that it’s 2022. Netflix has an enviable confidentiality policy.
I assume you’re looking forward to the premiere happening.
Very of course. I really want to see the result. I am now in the process of dubbing scenes in a studio in Lisbon – scenes, due to some technical problem or the same circumstances, had to improve the sound and then had to be dubbed in the studio. It’s a very schizophrenic process. I came back from a project I speak Brazilian Portuguese, but I have already started another job back home I speak our Portuguese and suddenly I have to go to the studio to watch the work I did and remember how I did the accent [risos].
Since it is a Netflix production, the probability of getting a great view – even if it is a Brazilian series – is very high. How do you face this possibility?
It’s more than just a professional challenge. It doesn’t change the way we work. The scope is different. Having left my control, I have no way of suffering in anticipation, or else I would be here full of anxiety. But no, I take things in good conscience, I did my best. Whether it was good or bad, terrible or wonderful, I did my best.
Have you felt a greater desire to produce work in Brazil and Netflix, even in another country?
Of course it is encouraging. The broadcast format came to revolutionize not only the audiovisual consumption market, but also my profession. Today, I think the idea of the American Dream is already outdated. That picture of an actor who goes to Los Angeles to work for years on end, who’s almost hungry to work in restaurants and bars waiting for a chance to hit the middle… Leave your house. It opens the door for us to communicate in any language. And the broadcast revolution is making consumers more sympathetic to other languages. Suddenly, it’s no longer strange to watch a Korean-language series, like “Squid Game” or “La Casa de Papel” in Spanish, or “Dark” in German. It not only makes the consumer more mature and demanding, but also makes it more receptive to other dialects – and that’s where you come in, perhaps at the right time.
Did you also like the fact that it was a psychological thriller?
completely. I’ll admit one thing: the two topics we cover in the series are slavery – sado-masochism – and shibari, a Japanese bonding technique. At the rehearsals we had, I saw people tied up, so that I could learn this ritual myself, so that the actresses I was going to play with in turn could go through this experience and also open up their horizons when it came to telling. An endlessly fun story. For this reason, Netflix thought it would be a good idea to sponsor an initiative to have us talk to the most experienced person in Brazil in sadomasochism. It’s a totally different professional dive than you’re used to.
Throughout his career he performed many intimate scenes. Do you feel that working with an intimacy coordinator makes a difference?
added. At first it was strange to everyone, because it was new, even to her. This was her first such job and she was trained by Netflix, coach and casting coach who now takes on this new responsibility of setting up intimate scenes. Moreover, in a country like Brazil, which is known to be liberal when it comes to their approach to sex, this can lead to some discomfort. But that is not what happened. She has become our greatest ally and made us well aware of some of the things we accept in our careers, just for the sake of accepting them. In our profession as actors, to build a career, you used to always say yes. And even ignore potential inconveniences you may be feeling. Because there is always a vertical relationship.
Hierarchy in production.
exactly. And suddenly I’m on a project where the connection is completely horizontal. She also creatively contributed to the production. Our first script readings were with the scriptwriter via Zoom, and we changed a few lines because they suited us better when we said them. I felt that the work was alive.
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