Filipe Valle Costa plays Lucia's cousin “Pedro Nava.” The arrogant, only son of a major cartel head, Pedro is swept up into Lucia's plans for expansion, enlisting his part-time enforcer Gustavo to help them. But as Gustavo and Lucia's relationship evolves, Pedro's loyalties pivot, as he seeks to secure control of their new venture.
Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, Costa had dreams of becoming an actor. At 17 years of age he told his parents he wanted to come to the United States and further his chances of becoming an actor. They encouraged him to apply for a tennis scholarship so he could study acting with a student visa. Costa landed a scholarship with Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He went on to attend the University of Florida, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting.
During his first year of school he applied for the Diversity Visa Lottery, which is made available to 50,000 permanent resident visas annually and aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States. He didn't hear back the first year, so he applied again in his second year of school and was selected. After months of working alongside an immigration attorney, he was finally granted a green card and moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting full time.
Upon moving to New York City, Costa immersed himself in theatre. His credits include Lilia (Rising Circle Theater Collective), Good Grief (INTAR), Henry V (The Shakespeare Forum) and End Days (Hippodrome) to name a few. When Costa arrived in New York he quickly became aware of the lack of information and knowledge regarding Portuguese theatre in the United States, and decided to lead the charge in making a new reality for his fellow artists. He went on to launch The Saudade Theatre in 2015, celebrating and supporting the Portuguese voice in the arts throughout New York City. The company’s mission is to develop original work grounded in the Portuguese experience, as well as translating Portuguese playwrights.
Recent credits include Blue Bloods, Gotham and Unicornland. Costa’s acting career is complemented by his athleticism gained from years of competitive tennis in both Portugal and the U.S., as well as many years of coaching the sport. Some of his other passions include traveling, music, hiking, soccer, wake-boarding and spending time with his family.
Costa currently lives in the Los Angeles area.
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