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October 23rd, 2012  /  Jessica

DANNY Pino says it’s impossible to appreciate the highs as an actor unless you’ve plumbed the lows of unemployment.

He’s an expert on the subject, having spent years in the doldrums before winning the role of Scotty Valens in Cold Case.

“I began to live this romanticised life of the struggling actor in New York and I’ve got to tell you that it becomes very unromantic after a short time,” Pino says.

“There comes a time when you get very sick of eating macaroni cheese and tuna three meals a day.”

The Miami-born actor has backed up Cold Case with a key role in Law & Order: SVU. When the widely respected Chris Meloni left the show last year, Pino was signed to fill the void as detective Nick Amaro.

SVU is one of TV’s all-time great success stories. It premiered in 1999 and on November 1 celebrates its 300th episode.

> > In a world where 13 episodes is considered a success story, 300 episodes is incredible. How has SVU managed that?

It begins with the writing and after that it’s the producers, directors, crew and actors. There is a synergy required to accomplish one hour of TV, much less 300 hours that are compelling. SVU is probably the grittiest of the network cop shows. We go to great pains to make it realistic. We take (real stories). But sometimes what you see on screen is tame compared with what happens in real life. It’s unnerving to think we have to tone down some of the stories we do.

> > How have fans of the show responded to you?

I’ve met people on the street and they say they are moved by what we do. There is a community of people who are survivors, who have been abused or in abusive relationships. I think there is hope in our show because it shows a road to being not a victim, but a survivor.

> > What was it like coming in following the departure of Chris Meloni?

I had to come in and not be Chris Meloni. I had no desire to step into his shoes. I spoke to (the producers) for a very long time about who Amaro would be. Also, I didn’t want to play the same character I’d played on Cold Case.

> > At what point did you feel that joining the show was a good decision?

That feeling arrived immediately. Everyone was welcoming. It’s been great creatively, too. We are now getting to see the underpinnings (of Amaro), and the demons all of us have who are in the squad.

Source: here

September 26th, 2012  /  Jessica

Danny Pino has teased that Amaro and his wife will have a “rocky” time in the new season of Law & Order: SVU.

Speaking to Digital Spy at this summer’s Monte Carlo Television Festival, Pino refused to give away too much about what’s coming up in the new episodes.

Watch Danny Pino speaking to Digital Spy about Law & Order: SVU below:

However, he revealed: “I know there’s going to be continued conflict on the home front for Amaro. I think his relationship with his wife is getting incredibly rocky.

“It is very contentious and potentially at the point of collapse, and so that will also influence how he investigates and his demeanour in the squad room, which is always very exciting for an actor to play.”

Pino also explained that he is looking forward to exploring the conflicts between the characters now that there are no new people to introduce.

“We really get to invest in those relationships and invest in those characters,” he said. “A lot of the groundwork has already been laid, and now it’s time to bring in the harvest.”

Law & Order: SVU returns for its new season tonight (September 26) at 9/8c on NBC. The show returns to the UK Sunday, October 14 at 10pm on the Universal Channel.

Source: here

September 18th, 2012  /  Jessica

July 4th, 2012  /  Jessica

He found success in Tinseltown, but Danny Pino‘s dream is to bring his work home.

The Florida International University grad stars on NBC‘s “Law and Order: SVU,” playing a detective who investigates sexually-based offenses for an elite squad in New York City. He’s also known for another detective role, on the former CBScrime series “Cold Case,” and for his portrayal of Cuban entertainer Desi Arnaz in a 2003 TV movie.

But what Pino really wants is to be a working actor in South Florida. The region has grown as a TV and movie mecca in recent years, but Pino believes it has a way to go before it can be called a powerhouse production hub, like New York and Los Angeles.

“I just don’t see a reason why Miami can’t be a character in a show the way that New York is for ‘Law and Order.’ And I think Miami has an equally distinctive identity and is equally as compelling as New York but just different,” said Pino, 38, who is based in New York. “For me, it’s important not only to go and learn as much as I can from the most talented and intelligent people that are in the business, and work with them and grow as much as I can from them, but to take that and hopefully develop something here, with Miami talent telling Miami stories.”

There have been shows with Miami as a backdrop, such as the recently canceled “CSI: Miami,” but that was shot mostly in California, where the actors, writers and producers were based.

Pino had his first major stage role in Miami three years ago, in the Cuban-rooted play “Havana Bourgeois,” which he performed during his TV hiatus.

Whenever he has down time, as he did last month, he brings his wife, Lilly, and their two young sons to South Florida to visit family and friends, who are scattered throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

On a recent afternoon, he stopped by one of his old haunts, The Roxy Theatre Group, a Miami nonprofit arts school where he mentors aspiring young actors.

“Being an ex-member of our family, as we call it, he saw the ins and outs of so many things we did and created,” vice president Ulises Otero said. “So participating with us, he’s gone to the big time and now he remembers the little guys.”

Kids peppered Pino, who happily sat on a stage, with questions about “SVU” and “Cold Case.” A young girl in the back row asked how he got started in acting.

“I am doing what you are doing, sitting where you are sitting,” he replied.

Pino would love for them to have more local opportunities to pursue acting, something he didn’t find as a theater major at FIU.

“Whether it’s having an independent movie production company here, or whether it’s starting a production company that develops television shows based on stories in Miami, or developing an acting company in South Florida — to me all of those things are things that excite me,” he said.

His first big break

Pino and his four brothers were born in Miami and reared by Cuban exile parents. At home, the family watched TV shows such as “China Beach” and “LA Law.”

“It was always what my mom wanted to watch,” a tanned and relaxed Pino said jokingly. “That was my introduction to television.”

Acting became one of this creative outlets at Rockway Elementary School in Westchester, where he performed in plays.

“If I wasn’t drawing, I was writing. If I wasn’t writing, I was going back to my action figures and stuff. I had this whole storyline to all my ‘Star Wars‘ figures. I was always trying to tell a story. I was always trying to create, ” said Pino, who continued acting at Miami Coral Park Senior High and, later, FIU. Although he was studying engineering and pre-law, theater increasingly appealed to him.

“I realized that the longer the equations got, the more attractive acting became,” said Pino, who graduated from FIU in 1996. Over coffee and pastelitos with his father, who wanted Pino to pursue law school, they discussed his future.

“I didn’t realize that [acting] was something that I could actually do professionally. Unfortunately in Miami, I felt like there were very few opportunities to truly make it a profession. So I pitched to him, ‘Look, if I get into one of the top acting schools, I don’t think I am going to law school,’ ” Pino recalled.

He was accepted into the Tisch Graduate Acting Program at New York University, one of the top-tier acting schools nationally. “I think that is what gave me the confidence to believe that there was life outside doing theater out of pure love of it, but that you could actually maybe sustain yourself and a family.”

His first big break came in 2000: Performing Shakespeare in the Park in New York City when he was 27. He landed a part opposite Madonna in the London production of “Up for Grabs” in 2002. But the part that catapulted him into TV fame came in 2003 when he began playing rookie detective Scotty Valens, who helped solved old crimes on “Cold Case.”

“‘Cold Case’definitely was a sea change for me,” said Pino, who appeared throughout the show’s seven-year run and wrote two episodes. “When you are welcomed into people’s living rooms, it says not only a lot about the show and the quality of it and the people you are working with, but hopefully it also says something about your own work and where you are at and the all-star team you are surrounded by.”

While on “Cold Case,” Pino got the role of Arnaz in the 2003 CBS movie “Lucy,” which followed the rocky relationship with Lucille Ball and the rise of the sitcom “I Love Lucy.” To prepare, Pino watched a dozen episodes of the iconic show, recorded Arnaz’s voice and read his autobiography, “A Book.” Pino also learned to play the infamous drums that Arnaz became famous for.

“I had a very personal stake in making him the good guy because that was the way I saw him,” said Pino who learned that Arnaz struggled with the bottle and infidelity. “How do I incorporate this into his character and not make him the bad guy? How do I make him human, how can I make him three-dimensional and not this mustache-twirling villain?”

For the past year, Pino has investigated sex-based crimes as Detective Nick Amaro on “Law and Order: SVU.” It has a demanding schedule: Eight days to shoot one episode; 40 to 60 scenes per show; 22 episodes from July to May.

He admitted feeling pressure as the new addition to a cast who had worked together for more than a decade. He said the role was another opportunity to grow as an actor.

“The better team you play on, the better you play,” Pino said. “I have been lucky to have all-star teams I have played with. I feel the same kind of atmosphere on ‘SVU.'”

Source + video interview: here

July 1st, 2012  /  Jessica

Danny Pino never forgets where he came from. The actor is in town to visit his college alma mater (FIU), as well as friends and family, on a break from the NYC set of Law & Order: SVU. We talked to the father of two, 38, about his roots (he graduated from Miami Coral Park Senior High), his current TV gig and working with legends like Madonna.

You really are a local. How often do you come back to town?

I try to get here four to five times a year. I met my wife [actress Lilly Bernal] at Rockway Middle School. It was pretty much love at first talk. For us going home means going back to the 305. I’m very involved in FIU. I’m class of ’96 and my wife is class of ’97. I’m a member of the foundation board. We talk about where the university is strategically and the evolution of programs for the near and distant future.

What is it like joining such an established show?

I had been on another procedural show, Cold Case, for seven years, and I certainly respected the legacy of Law & Order, even though I had only seen a handful of episodes. Being a dad meant the reality was that I probably knew more about Dora and Diego [laughs]. But I saw the show with fresh eyes, and I wasn’t coming in with a bunch of baggage.

How different is “Cold Case” vs. “Law & Order?”

The centerpiece of L&O is the crime, and it starts with the writing. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It allows the audience to watch any given episode and can drop right in and not feel lost. I think the stark, raw structure has a lot to do with its longevity. There’s also incredible chemistry that has changed but in a way gotten deeper and more interesting. With Cold Case, there’s a much more poetic use of storytelling time, with the flashbacks and music and montages at the end. They are two different flavors.

You have worked with a diverse group of actors, in film, on stage, and on TV. How has that shaped you?

Thankfully I studied acting as a profession [at NYU] like anyone would study law or medicine. For me being in front of a camera is a matter of practicing and refining your art. I think if you’re telling a story worth telling it’s worth investing the time into developing.

What was it like acting with fellow Miamian Andy Garcia in the indie thriller “The Exodus of Charlie Wright?”

We watched Dolphins games together off set! He’s become kind of like a mentor to me. A sounding board is so important to have in this business, which is often difficult to understand. I’ve always watched him and paid attention to his career. I have a lot of respect for him as an actor, musician, director, a family man, the Renaissance Man that he is. How he carries himself and his business. To call him a friend, well, you hate to say it’s an honor, but you can’t help it.

It must have been something to act alongside Madonna in the 2002 London play “Up for Grabs.”

Everyone wants to know about that. She played an art dealer, and I was a dotcom millionaire cranked out on coke. What I can tell you is that she’s incredibly professional. She works as hard as anyone I’ve ever worked with. I think her approach is different given she’s a performer and been in front of an audience probably more than any actor could hope for, whether it’s in concert or making appearances or whatnot. She’s strong-willed, funny, generous. I grew to respect her process very much and learned a lot from her. You have to be on your toes; she never took a night off.

Source: here

May 23rd, 2012  /  Jessica

When it comes to Law & Order: SVU‘s very transitional 13th season, the NBC procedural not only didn’t fumble the ball, it scored a touchdown — if you buy into one cast member’s metaphor.

Entering the fall minus Chris Meloni’s Stabler and adding in Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino as new arrivals, “We had to regroup, like a football team,” says Ice-T. “The quarterback changed, but we still had to move the ball down the field. And we did well.”

Praising the new team members, Fin’s portrayer says, “Danny came in, strong. Kelli came in, strong. And we shut down the doubters.”

Both Giddish and Pino say they received not only a “very warm welcome” from SVU‘s cast and crew, but saw their respective characters explored more than they could hope for in their first season.

As Atlanta transplant Det. Amanda Rollins, “They’ve given me a lot to work with — and I hope they give me more next season,” says Giddish. “Were still playing ‘musical chairs’ in terms of partners, and that’s a great way to go about exploring the different characters.”

Adds Pino, “That’s what you hope for when you’re putting it down on paper and discussing what you want to play. I had [pre-season] conversations with [showrunner] Warren Leight, and you hope that starts materializing — and it did. And that bodes well going into Season 14.”

For Pino’s Det. Nick Amaro, one part of his personal life — a shaky marriage to Laura Benanti’s Maria — will be touched on in tonight’s season finale. “There’s a scene that may or may not illuminate where their future is headed,” he hints. (Perhaps Matt Perry, or at least his new NBC sitcom costarring Benanti, plays into that plot point?)

As for the more dire elements of the Season 13 finale, all of the aforementioned actors hint at exciting, if not potentially grim, things.

“It’s a great cliffhanger, one that really mirrors a lot of stuff that’s been going on in front-page news,” says Giddish. Adds Pino, “It doesn’t end well [for certain characters], let’s put it that way. In fact it’s such a cliffhanger, if I say anything more, I’m going to give it up!”

Ice-T reveals that during the intense season-ender, “A lot of people end up in harm’s way.” And having been down this annual road before with SVU, he reminds, “You don’t want to go into the finale bleeding or shot, because that is not good. It’s hard for [contract] negotiations, too!”

Source: here

May 22nd, 2012  /  Jessica

On the Law & Order: SVU finale, Capt. Cragen will defend an old colleague who hasn’t been on the show in more than a decade.

Season 1 star Dean Winters returns on Wednesday’s episode as Det. Brian Cassidy, now an undercover cop who is involved in the team’s latest case. “It looks like he could be a little shady, and it’s up to Cragen to say, ‘I know Brian and he’s a good cop,'” Dann Florek tells TVGuide.com. Unfortunately, Det. Amaro (Danny Pino) doesn’t quite believe him. “It’s contentious with Amaro,” Pino says. “Dean’s character is not as affable as Amaro would like.”

In the video below, Florek and Pino talk more about the Season 13 finale. Plus: Ice-T shares a message for any fan who threatened to stop watching the show after Christopher Meloni’s departure. (Hint: He doesn’t like you.)

Click here to watch the video interviews at tvguide.com!

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