Erasmo Genzini is Erasmo Ferri in the Rai 1 fiction God help us. New entry in a well-established cast, for six seasons now, the young Neapolitan actor is making himself known to the public, who have already seen him in other successful TV dramas on the small screen. His is a rather multifaceted character, capable of capturing the scene for his unpredictability, the always ready answer, but above all for the sensitivity hidden by a thick armor, the result of so much suffering accumulated over the years. We talked about it directly with him.
We saw you last year in L’Isola di Pietro, now in Che Dio ci Aiuti, two successful fiction that immediately conquered the public. What was it like to be the main protagonist in a work that is already in its sixth season?
Without a doubt I had a big load of responsibility on my shoulders, joining the cast of such long series and with already well-established stories is always difficult, especially if you get into it by playing characters who almost always destroy everything that was beautiful and clear. built in previous seasons. But it’s probably this sense of responsibility that allows me to give my best, this is one of those jobs where you can’t afford to let your guard down, ever.
Your career has been marked by roles that in a certain way are united. From Un posto al Sole, passing through Undercover, you played “tormented” guys who want redemption. How do you feel about living these stories on screen?
Happy. Having the opportunity to live stories that can make many people feel less alone is the best thing about this job. The desire for redemption, change and a lot of heart are the three characteristics that I carry with me in the last three projects in which I took part, first with Nicola in Undercover 2 then with Diego inIsland of Pietro 2 and 3 and now with Erasmus in God help us 6. Lux Vide is very good at this, she manages to give hope and redemption to each of her characters, leaving the public with many positive messages. I often happen to read words from guys who thank me, who feel understood, and it’s beautiful, a lot.
Erasmus in Che Dio Aiuti is also a boy who seeks the truth, but is the first to hide it. Tell us about your character, what struck you the most? What should we expect?
What struck me the most is certainly its solid armor, the one it wears in every moment of its life, perfectly closed, but which if touched in small and precise points manages to open as if it had never been hooked. He is a boy disappointed by what life has given him, full of anger and unpleasant instincts, but with a heart as big as the sun. This is absolutely its strong point. There is so much to expect in the next episodes. It is unpredictable.
The events of the entire season revolve around the relationship between Erasmus and two women: one is Sister Angela, the other is Ginevra. How will these bonds evolve?
With Sister Angela (Elena Sofia Ricci ed.) each episode always adds a little more curiosity and confidence. Personally I find it a very interesting story and I hope it can also be for the public who will be able to watch it in all its evolution, episode by episode. With Geneva (Simonetta Columbu ndr.), instead, a very nice and carefree friendly relationship is created. There will be situations in which both will try to shake off their signs of belonging to make the most of this friendship.
Both the first and second installments have been seen by more than six million people. What is it that binds viewers to such a long-lived fiction?
Without doubt the stories that screenwriters manage to write and reinvent every time. They do it so well that they enter people’s homes almost creating an addiction. In addition, May God help us is fun and at the same time exciting, in a period like this I think it manages to make the many people who watch it forget a few problems for a couple of hours.
You are still on set to finish the last few episodes. What was it like to work in this period of uncertainty due to the pandemic?
It would be easier to answer “complicated”, but I say “different”. Complicated is the situation of those who unfortunately have never restarted a job or even lost it since the pandemic took full possession of our lives.
What is the character with which you feel you have grown the most professionally? From the small roles of the beginnings you have conquered increasingly important roles, and it is not obvious.
Professionally I would answer with Erasmo Ferri, for the simple fact that each new character manages to make you discover different emotions and attitudes. Another big advantage of this job is that it gives you the opportunity to watch and relate how you did certain scenes, what to improve and it is clear that from my first experience to the last I have tried to polish some small things and add others. Emotionally, however, the character that struck me the most remains, for now, that of Nicola Sasso in Undercover 2. He is for me one of the best memories of my life for several reasons: he was the first character I got after years of total detachment from this work and because with him I was able to tell a true story of my land.
Ritual question: after filming is over, are there any new projects on the horizon?
This is a time when you are applying for an audition with a self tape and it’s not one of my favorite ways. Those two minutes of time you have to prove to one casting director that you can be fairer than another give you an adrenaline that self tapes will never give as far as I’m concerned, but unfortunately it’s a difficult time and you have to adapt. Despite this yes, I am doing auditions in the meantime, nothing concrete to communicate publicly, but I hope to return soon with a new character.
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