‘Ivan Lapadula: a New Emerging Talent with a Lot of Charisma’
It comes as no surprise that Iván Lapadula is increasingly making his presence felt on both the big and small screens. This emerging talent has been consistently impressing us for several years now. He first caught our attention with his television debut in the Disney Italia series ‘Sara e Marti’, followed by his notable performance in the film ‘Isaac’. And most recently, he has taken the lead role in the popular soap opera ‘Dos Vidas’. In his latest triumph, he has successfully transitioned to Netflix and secured a prominent role in the highly acclaimed saga ‘Through the Window’, which recently unveiled its sequel, ‘Across the Sea’.
In this exclusive interview, we delve deeper into the world of this exceptional rising star who has captivated audiences worldwide. Iván Lapadula graciously shares insights about his television career, personal preferences and hobbies.
- Thanks to the film ‘Through My Window: Across the Sea’ you have formed a great family among the cast off camera. What can you tell us about your relationship with the rest of the team? Are you very close?
Everyone is very friendly. We were also able to get to know each other outside of the shoot. We were filming on the Costa Brava and we all stayed at a resort. We went to the beach, to the beach bars, to the golf course. It was very nice. There is a good feeling among all of us.
- Can you give us a preview of Gregory’s role in ‘Through My Window: Across the Sea’?
Gregory is a nice and sensitive boy. He is Raquel’s classmate. He loves literature. He is very honest with his feelings. I can’t tell much about the plot… you have to see the movie….
- Your first appearance on television was in the Disney Italy series ‘Sara e Marti’, how did you live that first time? Could you tell us about any special memory you have?
I remember it with great enthusiasm. It was very nice to be part of the project. During two summers I went to Italy to film in ”Bevagna” a medieval village in the region of ”Umbria” and in Rome. It was my first project so I have a special affection for it. Nowadays I’m still in contact with them and from time to time, if possible, we organize plans to meet somewhere.
- With a year’s duration and more than a hundred chapters shot, tell us how dizzying it was to shoot so many chapters in such a short time for the series ‘Dos Vidas’.
There were 255 chapters! Very crazy! A lot of work in a short time. We recorded one episode a day. It was very, very fast, but the experience was incredible. I learned so much. I will take with me tools from that project for my whole life. Angel’ was a character very different from me, so every day I had to work on it.
- What is your favorite soundtrack? The one you listen to over and over again without getting tired of it.
I love Coldplay. It’s my favorite band. I like all his songs. Every day one or the other is sure to be played! In fact last saturday I went to their concert in Barcelona. I love the message they transmit. I think they have something very special that goes beyond just music.
- How has the experience been working on a Netflix film? Have you noticed a big change?
I am happy to have access to such a great platform as Netflix. I am still waiting for the release of the movie. I don’t know if I am very aware of the magnitude of the project. I prefer to wait and see what happens.
- Imagine you are stranded on a deserted island and you have to choose who to be with in order to survive, which of the team from the cast of ‘A través del mar’ would you choose?
I don’t know who I would take… I only know that Guillermo knows how to fish…. So it will probably be him.
- Can you share any funny anecdote you have experienced during a shoot?
During the shooting there was a day when I had to shoot a scene with Clara. There were a lot of extras and it was a complicated scene with very little time to shoot it. We were so stressed out that we moved aside for a moment and started screaming to let off steam. After some shouting and laughing, people looked at us like we were crazy. But the scene came out perfect!
- Tell us a little more about yourself. What are your hobbies?
I like to sing. I’m very embarrassed to sing in front of people. But sometimes I force myself to sing to get rid of those nerves. In fact I was recently in London and I sang in the street. In Leicester Square. I have a friend who plays the piano and we encouraged each other and we did it. It was a terrifying but unforgettable experience. I will do it again someday.
I also like to cook. My father is an Italian chef and I have always watched him cook. Now I’m a little lazier in the kitchen these days, but I make a delicious lasagna.
- What is your favorite fictional character from a movie or series? What makes him/her special that attracts you?
I don’t know if I’m answering the question exactly but I really liked Björk’s character in ‘Dancer in the Dark’. It’s one of my favorite movies. I also really like the characters in Xavier Dolan’s movie ‘Mommy’. The character Steve, his mother or the neighbor’s character are amazing. All of them have a lot of depth. i really like the anger of those characters. You can see their shadows. I love their work.
- Who are your biggest acting influences and what have you learned from them?
Maybe it sounds typical, but Leonardo DiCaprio, Timothée Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz… they all have very different things to learn from.
- When you were sixteen years old, you lived in Argentina for a while. What do you miss the most from there?
Yes, I lived there for two years. What I miss most is my family, friends and meat. Argentinean asados can’t be compared to any other…
- How often do you usually travel to Italy? What do you like the most and the least about the country?
I have traveled many times. I have part of my family in the south of Italy. The last time I was there was in September. I went with a friend on vacation and stopped by to see my family. I love the food there. As a good half Italian I love pasta and pizza. The good Italian wines and cheeses.
My least favorite thing would be the traffic in Rome. I don’t like to be in crowded places. I tend to get overwhelmed. And Rome is beautiful, with a lot of architectural richness, but at the same time very noisy and crowded. I only go there for work or to see my friends.
- What do you enjoy the most when playing a character?
My job gives me the possibility to live different lives, experiences that I might never live if it weren’t for the character I have to play. I get to meet so many people, so many places. Each project is a different experience. It’s never the same. I love that it’s not routine.
- If you had not been able to become an actor, what other profession would you have chosen?
I would also like to sing or direct films, shoot animal documentaries. But if I have to move away from the industry it would be something related to people. Psychologist maybe? I’m not sure.
Director: Alejandro Bernal
Photographer 1: Eduardo Picabea
Photographer 2: Javier Melero
Production: Alex Romero
Assistent of production: Alba Manso
Makeup and hairdressing: Andrea Madruga, Paula Casamayor
Styling: Luciana Romano
Sound production: Tamara Pérez
Photographer and editor: Mario García
Edition: Eduardo Picabea
Text and interview: Silvia Laso
Special thanks to:
Ayuntamiento de Villaviciosa de Odón
Casa Palacio Manuel Godoy