HOW I GOT MY START WITH JOHN TURTURRO

John Turturro on location with Adrian Christian for his feature film, "Illuminata."

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Adrian Christian began his acting career on the New York stage, as a protege of Miriam Colon, the actress who founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.  He later studied with William Hickey at the Herbert Bergdorf Studio, and first gained public attention from his first two starring vehicles in With Me But Not My Wife and Boys, Off-Broadway.  Both were acclaimed and led to Adrian's start in film in bit roles, leading to a string of jobs - most notably in The Devil Wears Prada, Definitely, Maybe (with Ryan Reynolds), I Think I Love My Wife (with Chris Rock and Kerry Washington) and Confessions Of A Shopaholic (with Isla Fisher).

His beginnings in New York theater led him to Hollywood.

I have always had admiration for John Turturro's work, ever since I first saw him in the film Quiz Show, directed by Robert Redford.  There are some people in the business who are real craftsmen; they don't make movies to be famous - they set out to make art, and tell stories that move us, that inspire us, and that make us take a closer look at ourselves.  John Turturro for me is one of those actors.

In fact, I've also worked with his brother Nicholas in I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry. His whole family are just beautiful people, kind and professional. I related to him in a great way because he's a diverse character actor able to be a romantic lead. 

Illuminata is a period piece about people who create theater.  For me, a child who grew up working in the theater, it felt like a natural fit.  It was a farce, a charming film unraveling a tale of all that goes on and the entanglements that ensue as well.

For my very first feature film, I was given one line:  "Come and get your peanuts, get 'em while they're hot - enjoy the show."

Because I write and produce some of my own work, it was extra special that he was my first director.

He was particularly kind to me.  I thanked him several times during the shoot for allowing me to try things in our scene. Even though some of my work didn't appear in the final cut, he did use one of my ideas.  It was through this experience that I realized myself as a professional working actor.

Thank you again, Mr. Turturro.

Snapshot of Actor Adrian Christian

Off-Broadway stage credits include The Love Of Don Perlimplin, With Me But Not My Wife, Boys, Chosen and Where There's No Will. L.A. stage credits include Red Ribbon, Zona Rosa and Mariana & Marti at the Macha Theatre.
 
Television credits include Guiding Light, NBC's Forensic Files, the FOX sitcom Luis and the HBO pilot American Coffee, opposite Anna Deavere-Smith and Joseph C. Phillips. Adrian's screen debut was in the uncredited role of the Peanut Vendor in Illuminata, opposite John Turturro, Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken.