Cristiana Dell’Anna – Gomorrah Interview

Gomorrah revolves around the suburbs of Naples and the organised crime that is present there. The grittier and more ruthless season sees Don Pietro Savastano and Genny Savastano who have seem to lost everything. With their once loyal soldier Ciro Di Marzio opposing them, it looks like war is about to start. Even more so when a brand new sinister drug baron starts to rise..

The Italian premiere of the series broke record ratings of House of Cards and Game of Thrones and the series has been sold in over 130 countries!  Save to say, you have to own this TV series.

To celebrate the release of Gomorrah, we spoke with Cristiana Dell’Anna, who plays Patrizia, Malammore’s eldest niece and assistant to Don Pietro. We spoke to here about the television series. 

Hello, how are you?

“Hello there! Very well thank you! Sorry for the late reply, everything’s been a little hectic lately…”

How are you enjoying the great feedback for your show?

“It’s an indescribable feeling to be part of such a successful project. You feel you have contributed with your own work to that success, it’s very rewarding! The good results give so much weight to the hard work done to produce it and each time I see people appreciating it, it brings me back on set, it brings back the good memories. It makes me think of the wonderful people I worked with.  We all put our whole hearts into it. “

What drew you to the character?

“Her strength. She’s not afraid of speaking her mind and she is always true to herself. She symbolises the conversion from good to bad, it’s what too often happens to the young who grow without an alternative. Patrizia’s need to emerge, to have some sort of recognition turns into a relentless want of more and more control, more and more power. I needed to be her! I needed to live through her, first of all to learn what it meant for myself. And then to tell her story to others, to tell what it’s like sometimes, especially for a woman, to not have a choice. “

Did you enjoy the first series?

“Of course. I loved it. Dark, new, different, real, contemporary. Perfectly acted, perfectly shot. It blew me away!”

What difficulties did you have getting into the character?

“Oh, I could never really answer this question… I work on such private grounds, it makes it simply impossible to share. I loved her though, it’s the only way I can work. I never judge the characters I play, I fall in love with them, even when they make choices I would never make. It teaches me to never judge anyone in life, because we don’t ever truly know anyone, not even ourselves. We don’t know how we’re going to change, who we will be or how we’ll behave when life challenges us.”

The show is very dark and brooding, is this work that you enjoy playing?

“I enjoy playing interesting characters and interesting stories. I don’t really look at how dark or light those are. This work in particular is set in my homeland, my town, it tells a story I want to share and it does it through the most powerful type of communication, Art. I enjoy that!”

What have you liked most about this series?

“How detailed the stories are. How through the life of fictional characters you can learn a lot about the Camorra, the organised crime. It changes you. I get excited when a film or a series not only entertains you, but it also teaches you something you didn’t know before. I’ve had the same thrilling experience with Rectify. I still think about it, I keep asking myself questions. It’s what drama should be about.”

How does Italian TV compare to other world drama?

“Gomorrah set the bar very high, I feel, for Italian TV. It stands next to (for some people, above) the best series of the world today. When you find the right way to talk about your own times, people relate to it more easily. Be it Modern family, Rectify, Breaking Bad, Black Mirror or even Sherlock..you see. It’s a selling point. Italian TV could be on a rise, after Gomorrah.”

Why are we drawn to brutal drama?

“Because it’s part of our life. It’s a side of us we want to know, we should know, and understand if we want to exorcise it. This issue goes back all the way to Plato and Aristoteles with the Greek tragedy: we’re attracted by it because it can be cathartic. And I dare say, educational! “

What projects do you have next?

“Some projects, that I’m afraid I’m not allowed to talk about… Sorry.”


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