As an actor, Fernando Gaviria knows what it takes to transform into character for various roles.
With his most recent role in “The Whistler: Origins,” the Venezuelan actor had to shed about 20 pounds.
Luckily, it wasn’t too difficult for the former professional bodybuilder.
“My character gave me the opportunity to try everything I know about acting,” he says. “He’s a mean person, and having to lose that much weight also changed my mood.”
The film, set in the 1800s, follows Gaviria as “Baudilio,” a man who in his desperation for an heir goes to a witch doctor for help because his wife is unable to give him a child.
Shortly after his visit, his wife becomes pregnant, and all seems well until his wife dies during childbirth.
The event causes Baudilio to kill the witch doctor, and a curse falls on him, turning him into a bitter, cruel man who channels all this fury and resentment onto his son through physical and emotional abuse.
The film is available on digital platforms.
Gaviria takes each role and immerses himself in it.
“I didn’t talk too much to the rest of the cast,” he says. “Once I was Baudillo, I had to remain in character. I felt his pain. I wanted to take the audience on the journey with me.”
Gaviria’s career in acting and screenwriting began in 1995 when he moved to Miami just after winning two titles as a bodybuilding champion in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
In 2003, he decided to try his hand at screenwriting, his first project being a screenplay called “Inked,” which took him to the final 30 of a major script-writing competition at UCLA.
Gaviria moved to Mexico in 2011 to join the country’s acting scene and fell in love with the country.
He has had in prominent roles in hit series such as “El Señor de los Cielos” alongside Rafael Amaya, and “Como Dice el Dicho.” He will be seen on “El Dragón” alongside Sebastian Rulli and Renata Notni.
Gaviria says he looks at opportunities within film and TV and keeps his eye on projects coming to New Mexico.
“There’s a lot happening there, and I know the right project will come along for me,” he says. “I’ve been to New Mexico a few times, and I’ve fallen in love with the beauty. It reminds me of Mexico and my home. There’s an Old World feel with some modern to it.”
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