Ricardo Pereira talks about his passion for Brazil and the villain of ‘Cara e Coragame’
Long before his career on Brazilian TV, Ricardo Pereira, 42, was well aware that he had always had a close relationship with the country, despite the distance to the sea that separated him from the land of Tupinicuin. As a child, in Lisbon, the Portuguese learned something about our culture on television, through popular soap operas broadcast there, such as “Pedra Sobre Pedra” and “Rock Santeiro” and the popular music of Gilberto Gill, Catano Veloso. , Chico Buark, Joanna, Simon and George Ben Zor. Also, the actor had news of family members who had traveled so far to make a living in Brazil.
“I have always heard of a country that is far away and huge. The messages came via letter and I reproduced these images in Soap Opera. I have traveled around Brazil through soap operas and music. I am fascinated by the cultural diversity, the natural beauty, “he said.
A few years later, Ricardo Pereira set foot on Brazilian soil. Printing was the best possible. “I was even more fascinated by this enormity, this drive. I have seen nature that is very present in every corner of the country, wonderful, I have already seen it different from other countries, “he said.
At the time, Pereira was already an actor working in cinema, TV and theater in Spain, France, Holland and Portugal, and he was convinced that he should return to Brazil, not just as a tourist. It all happened by accident. And the actor himself tells the story: “I’ve already worked as a model and was Oscarlen’s poster boy. I came to Brazil to do Sao Paulo Fashion Week. A businessman invited me to draw a spot in Rio. I ended up going there, and there he asked me if I wanted to see Projek, this iconic place, the city of television, “the artist recalls.
At the Globor Television Production Center, Ricardo Pereira met with casting coach Andre Reis. We are talking about 2004. Two years ago, the network needed a Portuguese actor to join the cast of “Esperanca”. Pereira was tested in Portugal, with three finalists, but Nuno Lopez was selected.
When author Walther Negrão decided that the protagonist of “Como Uma Onda” would be a foreigner and a Portuguese, for the first time in the history of Brazilian teledramatics, Ricardo Pereira’s name was naturally on the list. He did other experiments and was approved to play the role of Daniel, who was in a love triangle with his sisters Nina (Alin Mores) and Lenita (Mel Lisboa). There began a story that lasted 18 years.
“Luck has brought me to Brazil. My expectations and satisfaction in creating ‘Like a Wave’ was huge, so was the responsibility. When I realized that no foreigner had played a major role, I rolled up my sleeves and took advantage of the opportunity, I fought hard for it. It was the beginning of a beautiful personal and professional history with Brazil, “said the actor.
The villain in “Face and Courage”
In almost 20 years of working in the country, Ricardo Pereira has been part of the cast of about 20 productions, including soap operas and miniseries, but has also appeared in movies and theater shows. Now, the Portuguese are playing the villain Danilo in the evening soap opera “Cara e Koragame” at 7 pm Globo. Seductive, handsome, attractive, tactical and ambitious, Danilo is a classic, not easily recognizable villain. At the same time, the businessman puts his marriage to Rebecca (Mariana Santos) above all else and does whatever it takes to get his son Chikuinho back in custody.
According to Ricardo Pereira, Danilo’s ambiguities and contradictions are elements that deepen humanity and character: “He thinks he knows what is best for others, he feels almost divine. He wants to rule over the fate of the characters, and this is extremely dangerous, in the sense that he reveals the extent of his madness there. He wants to tap into the power of creation. But he is a man who plays very well, speaks and dresses well, he is attractive, collective. You don’t really know who that person is. “
With two decades of area bridges between Brazil and Portugal, Pereira knew how to balance professional investment here and there. In the worst of the epidemic, the actor married Francesca Pinto, a Portuguese art dealer, and Vicente’s father, 10, Francisca, 8, and Julieta, 4 – all three born in Brazil – spent long months with their parents. “Eramos Seis” ended with the beginning of social isolation and the artist took the opportunity to return to his country.
There, he made “Revolta”, a film that premiered in Portuguese cinema earlier this month, and the soap opera “Amor Amr”, where romantic singer Romeo Santiago lives. Feuilleton was a huge success. Far from it, the actor took part in an episode of the 2020 series “Amor e Sorte” produced by Globo. To record “Cara e Coragem”, Ricardo Pereira and family returned to Brazil in the second half of last year.
The country that fascinated him as a child in Lisbon, he feels at home. Once, a fan stopped the actor on the street and asked him how he pronounced the Portuguese so well – at the time, he was playing a Portuguese character in a globo plot. “This is the biggest compliment I can get, because it’s a sign that he sees me speak Brazilian Portuguese very well”, he smiled. In fact, after much training and speech therapy sessions, Pereira manages to eliminate the pronunciation of her native language.
“I have written letters in English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian with Portuguese and Brazilian accents. I enjoy discovering ways to communicate in different languages. In Brazil, I have had speech therapy for many years, a very intense and detailed work, ”the actor points out.
Ricardo Pereira says that speaking Brazilian Portuguese is something completely normal and automatic for him. With Francisca, he maintains the Terinha accent, but with his children he mixes the two. “To record, I study the text a lot, I practice my markings and preparation to warm my voice and body,” he added.
With a successful career in Brazil, Ricardo Pereira formed a team of Portuguese artists who, along with Giulia Buscassio, Maria Joao Bastos, Maria de Madeiros, Paolo Rocha and Pedro Carvalho, were a kind of ambassador of Portuguese culture here, standing in the national production. .
This “attack” has been going on for a long time. What’s new is the opposite movement: Brazilian artists are going to live and work in Portugal. There are – just to name a few – Luana Piovanni, Thiago Rodriguez, Marcelo Antony, Tassia Carmargo, Nina Moreno, Miguel Thierry, among others.
Ricardo Pereira views Brazilian immigration to his homeland “with the utmost joy” and sets himself up to build this bridge on both sides: “They are two wonderful countries that should go hand in hand more culturally. This movement has been done in a very beautiful way. “