Born in Adelaide in 1959 to immigrant Italian parents, Alfredo Malabello is Australia’s very own Italian son of song, having earned himself a reputation as one of Australia’s most remarkable live artists. Alfredo took up acting classes after seeing an advertisement on a public notice board in a supermarket, for the purpose of developing his onstage persona. After extensive experience in short films, Alfredo received a best actor accolade at a local film festival and was spotted by a leading casting agent. Alfredo landed a major role on the acclaimed six part mini-series called Carla Canetti PD, leading to major roles in other TV series – Underbelly Infiltration, Tricky Business, Devils Dust, Secret Daughter, Dripping in Chocolate and Dead Europe.
Alfredo’s latest film Remission saw him playing the lead role of Mr. Zito. Remission was accepted for screening at the 2018 International Film Festival of New York where it received a substantial and positive audience response. Adding to his credits, Alfredo has also played lead roles in numerous national Australian TVC campaigns. Alfredo is currently producing his first theatrical musical, Romanza-Rome 1963 which is set for a 2019 premiere in Melbourne, Australia.
Hollywood Insider Interview with Alfredo Malabello
Hollywood World: How did you come into acting career?
Alfredo Malabello: After noticing an acting workshop flyer on a supermarket public noticeboard in Perth, Western Australia. I decided to start the acting classes for the initial purpose of expanding my onstage persona as an entertainer but I fell in love with acting and quickly realised that it was something I wanted to pursue in itself.
Hollywood World: Which film, was the turning point in your life and career?
Alfredo Malabello: The Thomas Crown Affair starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo inspired me as a man and as a hopeful would be actor.
Hollywood World: Who has supported you to come into this field?
Alfredo Malabello: I have had the support of many fellow actors, family members and friends. But the most influential and supportive person to me was my acting workshop tutor Annie Murtagh Monks – who was also one of Heath Ledgers initial acting tutors.
Hollywood World: What is the film about?
Alfredo Malabello: The film is a contemporary take on the biblical story of the prodigal son but with a lot more Italian food.
Hollywood World: What makes a good scene partner? With which actor did you like working with?
Alfredo Malabello: A good scene partner is someone who works hard with you to develop a rich and complex backstory. I loved working with everyone but the meatiest was Ange Arabatzis.
Hollywood World: What are your favorite projects you have been part of?
Alfredo Malabello: Carla Cometti PD and Underbelly Infiltration…
Oh, and of course Remission.
Hollywood World: Can you please tell us about your upcoming film/festivals/projects?
Alfredo Malabello: I have been working on a musical called Romanza-Rome 1963. Set in a night club in Rome next door to the famous Cine Citta film studios (the Hollywood of Rome) it tells a story of the intertwining lives of 8 individuals involved in the Italian film industry of that era. It’s a romantic drama/comedy.
Hollywood World: What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?
Alfredo Malabello: Knowing when to listen.
Hollywood World: What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting?
Alfredo Malabello: The biggest achievement for me was landing my first major role in a TV series Carla Cometti PD which cast me as a chef who would sing whilst cooking. This caught the attention of Universal Music which lead me to land a major record deal on the day of my 50th birthday. This role has always been special in my heart because it combined my all-time love for singing and new-found love of acting. I basically went from being a nobody to a somebody within the space of a few months.
Hollywood World: What was your most memorable role? Why?
Alfredo Malabello: My most memorable role was the one of Fat Tony, mob boss in an Australian short film Stackel in the Bowls, which had me receiving the best actor award for at prestigious Australian short film festival.
Hollywood World: What do you want to be remembered for in life? What valuable lessons have you learned that helped you become the person you are today?
Alfredo Malabello: I want to be remembered for never quitting when things got tough. The valuable lesson I have learnt is to never let go of your inner child and to protect that child at any cost.
Hollywood World: What’s next?
Alfredo Malabello: Next?… I’m due on stage in an hour. Thanks for the interview.