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“I May Destroy You”: Q and A with Marouane Zotti

is a ground-breaking drama series on HBO. The show was created by and stars Michaela Coel as Arabella Essiedu, a breakout writer who was sexually assaulted after having her drink spiked. Italian actor and newcomer Marouane Zotti plays Arabella’s love interest, Biagio, who despite being a big drug dealer encourages Arabella to step back from her partying lifestyle. We talked to the actor over Zoom in Milan, Italy.

Did you know Michaela before this show and how did you get the role?

Black Mirror. I remember being impressed by her very strong and captivating portrayal. I auditioned for the role of Biagio five times, but the final audition was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I was in a theatre/dance workshop in Italy when they called me to say that they wanted to see me for a final audition; they flew me from my house in Milan to London where I did my audition. I was nervous, but everyone there including the director, producer and Michaela put me at ease. Michaela welcomed me with open arms, she even immediately called me by name. When your name is Marouane, that isn’t such a given. It was immediately as if we had known each other for years and we formed a beautiful work relationship and lasting friendship.

How would you describe your character and what attracted you to him?

The series started a discussion about rape and sexual assault and may inspire some law change. What are your thoughts about that?

Growing up in Italy, had you always wanted to become an actor?

The English Patient. Few people know, but they filmed a few scenes at Who inspired you to become an actor?

Johnny Depp, Will Smith, John Travolta, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, Macaulay Culkin, Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams. These and many others were my favorite playmates. As an adult, I decided to play for real. I applied to a lot of schools to see if I deserved to play this game and I was accepted to Italy’s most important theatre school: Il Piccolo di Milano. For three intense years, I learned that this is a job that takes talent, but above all hard work and discipline.

Where do you live now and what does your life look like during the pandemic?

Any other hobbies or other interests besides acting?

Whose career would you like to emulate?

What’s next for you?