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Name: Gino Vento
Role: Nestor Oceteva, Mayans M.C.
Previous Work: The Deuce, The Last O.G., The Gifted, Bloodline, Person of Interest, The Blacklist
Was there a certain role or a certain moment that made you want to become an actor?
One of my biggest influences as a Latino actor is John Leguizamo. He's amazing. And as far as what gave me the itch - I used to be in a band, and in between touring, I found little things to do to occupy my time, and then I fell into acting. I took a couple classes and I really fell in love with this atmosphere, so I just immersed myself 100% into it and it's been amazing. I've been very fortunate.
If you weren't an actor, what would you be doing?
I love music, so a part of me still misses and yearns for that. I used to be in a band and I sang. It was like a punk band, with metal influence. It was the greatest times of my life. It was a great chapter.
What are three words you would use to describe your character?
Badass, loving, and loyal.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
I like to think I'm calm. I just don't know if anybody else agrees. I would describe myself as calm, collected and stubborn. Stubborn is definitely something I acknowledge I am.
When there's downtime on set, what are you usually doing?
I like taking pictures on disposable cameras, so I do a lot of that. And some of the guys haven't caught on to it yet, because when I first busted it out, they were like, “Yo, how are you going to text me that?” And I was like, “I’m not.” [Laughs] And Daniel [Faraldo] gave me a book that was very useful for my character and it's called Confessions of a Cartel Hitman. So reading that, taking pictures and every once in a while, jumping into the gym with the boys.
When you're in a bad mood, what is something that always makes you feel better?
Eating! I love eating. I have a sweet tooth.
What kind of music could you listen to for the rest of your life?
Wow, I'd say the '70s. Like soul. Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding…things like that. Even though I was in a punk band, when I'm driving, I like to listen to cruising music like that. I think that's my go-to.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
There's this phrase I love. It's “no rain, no flowers,” which is amazing because you suffer to return harder. And that's life and you can apply it into anything, whatever career you're pursuing, whatever hardships you are going through in your life, it shall pass.
Don't miss the season finale of Mayans M.C., this Tuesday at 10p on FX.