Humber alumn plays Lord Julien in Reign

Katie Jones
A&E Reporter

He may have left Humber College only three years ago, but Theatre and Performance graduate Giacomo Gianniotti has already made the big screen.

Gianniotti graduated from the Theatre program in 2012 and since then his career has flourished. He said he feels humbled by the acting work he has been a part of, but grateful for his opportunity at Humber.

“Humber was incredibly informative. It was a big dive into literature. We studied so much of the classics which are still useful to me today,” said Gianniotti.

“It was an incredible experience,” he said.

Two years after graduating, Gianniotti was cast in the ABC comedy Selfie. The television show allowed Gianniotti to grow as a comedic actor, a genre he finds a lot of fun and important as an actor.

“In terms of improvising it keeps your skills sharp and that’s necessary for an actor. In comedy you are always searching for something funnier, quicker, snappier, how to hit the joke harder,” said Gianniotti.

Comedy and theatre are not his only fortes.

Gianniotti was cast in the dramatic show Reign in 2013. He played the role of Lord Julien, a dramatic style of acting that he really admires because of the crisp writing style.

Although Gianniotti has success in the medium of film and television, he said he will always have a passion for theatre.

“I found television and film was a whole other world and a whole other style of acting. It’s much different,” said Gianniotti.

“I would love to do theatre again. The problem with theatre is it takes so much time, film and television you can work on a couple projects at the same time,” he said.

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe is Gianniotti’s latest role and the one he worked hardest to get.

“When I got it I was very excited, I haven’t done any biographical material yet. It was really interesting to deal with that type of subject matter and that period of time,” said Gianniotti.

“It is a really interesting part and really heavy subject matter,” he said.

Gianniotti said he believes in staying true to yourself and having perseverance in this industry. He said if people are looking to enroll in Humber’s Theatre and Performance program, to do it and stay focused.

“If you really, really, really want to do it, just read, study and stay focused. A lot of times people can tell you to do certain things and change the way you are,” said Gianniotti.

“I think that’s rubbish, in this industry that has so many variables you can’t control, the only thing you can control is yourself,” he said.

“Stay true to yourself and trust your instincts,” said Gianniotti.

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