The Brazilians are coming! The Brazilians are coming! Of course, that’s really not something to be anxious about. The Brazilians are considered to be the coolest people on this planet and without their cultural and artistic influences, we would probably not be having as much fun as we are now. Brazil has given us some great music and rhythms, the Samba, Rio Carnival, teeny, tiny swimsuits, great soccer players and vibrant films such as City of God, Trash and Elite Squad. That great South American country has also given the world some wonderful actors such as, Wagner Moura, Sonia Braga, Rodrigo Santoro, Morena Baccarin and Vitoria Mattos. Did we say Vitoria Mattos? Yes, we did.

We saw Vitoria in a few films recently and we were quite impressed with her presence and her remarkable acting. We should be too, because she’s been studying acting since she was 7 years old in her native Rio Di Janeiro. By the time she was eight, she had won the lead and the narrator role in a play that received rave reviews. She went on to perform in many more stage productions and when she was old enough, she applied and was accepted in Rio’s legendary theatre school O Tablado. There she immersed herself in all things theatre and acting, including improvisation and then went on to win an acting scholarship at the New York Film Academy.

She certainly didn’t waste any time moving to New York City and dove into advanced classes that taught her many new techniques including acting in front of the camera. Since then, Vitoria has acted in many films and one of them Worth It, became an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Some of the other films that Vitoria has performed in are: Realest State, Block, The Break Up, Fallen, Odds, Don’t Care and The Theory of D.

For the last couple of years Vitoria has had a pretty busy schedule. She is part of an independent production company and has several projects in development. She tells aspiring actors that they should go into the acting profession with their heart and soul and they shouldn’t do it for fame or money. If they give their all to acting and to their characters then they are following the right path.

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