Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.
I was born in Junin, Argentina and migrated to the US at the age of 7. I grew up in Miami, FL and went to Belen Jesuit High School, an all boy catholic high school known to be a prep school for some of the best colleges and universities of the nation. Imagine their surprise when I announced I would be going to the American Musical Dramatic Academy to study acting.
What inspired you to be an artist/entertainer? Early experiences worth sharing?
I think it's something I've always had within me. I've always loved to make people laugh and to find a platform to do that was everything to me. It was also a place where I had made friends and felt safe and provided a creative outlet. And honestly, between us, for the girls hahaha. I remember being in second grade, and they were putting up the Lion King. At the time I couldn't speak a lick of English, but somehow made myself understood to the teacher that I wanted to be a part of that. Never made it on to that stage, I don't think I understood I actually had to show up to the meetings.
Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.
Growing up I always played (and continue to play soccer) I was also severely knock kneed. To the point that I had to get it surgically corrected. 2 Surgeries on both knees. However, it never slowed me down or held me back. I'm proud to say that I worked myself back up to full health. I think when life throws you down it's the perfect opportunity to show who you are. To see what you're made of. You have 2 options. You can either quit, or work through it. And I don't think I know how to quit.
What do you believe sets you apart from other artists/entertainers?
This is a tough question because I can't speak on behalf of others. But a couple of things come to mind, for one, I can work in both the Spanish and English markets. My command and facility for both languages helps that. Thanks mom and dad for that one. Secondly, my discipline and work ethic. I truly look at acting as a craft, and work continually to improve my craft. It's too easy to get caught up in the "glamour" of it all. I have been referred to as a "work horse" because I have very high demands of myself and consequently the people I come in contact with. And lastly, my range. Fortunately I can go into the darkest depths of drama, but also have an innate timing for comedy.
Do you have other interests or hobbies?
Absolutely, I think I would go insane if I didn't. I love anything football. (The one that you actually play with your feet) I am currently a coach for Hamilton Grange Middle School. Working with kids teaches you so much. Principles that I take with me into acting and life. Delving more into sketch writing. More on that in the future. My fitness is very important to me, you'll find me in the gym 5 or 6 times a week. I don't see that as a hobby, it's definitely a lifestyle. Martial arts and video games. I'm a big gamer. Fifa is a classic however, currently fiending on Overwatch.
Any projects you have out or currently working on?
I am! Currently working on "Blindspot" at Repertorio Espanol. That has been a total shift of gears because I am acting for the first time on stage in Spanish. We open July 8th. (Shameless plug) Super grateful for the opportunity, the cast and team. It has always been a goal of mine to work with that company, so to see your goals come to fruition feels great. Also, "Such a Funny Life" is in post-production. It is a feature film and a project that I hold very dear to my heart. "Consensual" the short film I did with Elissa Fioretti is making its rounds through the festival circuit and has had great reception from audiences and critics alike. It won the Platinum Award for best short at the Hollywood Film Competition.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
I'm gonna hold on to this one because I am superstitious like that. But you'll see. ;)
What advice can you give to aspiring artists/entertainers?
Do the work. And do it often. Work on yourself and your skill set. Sir Alex Ferguson, the most winning football coach in history says: "Relentless homework, all of it unglamorous, was a mainstay at United." I couldn't agree more. As actors or entertainers we have to do our homework. And if you're doing your job right people can't or shouldn't be able to tell you did it. There's no recognition or praise that comes with it but it is an absolute necessity. Lastly, find ways to motivate yourself internally. Because if you rely on external motivation that can be a fickle mistress.
How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?
Lately, I'm doing a lot more on instagram; @gonza.trigueros. For more specific inquiries or to get in contact about work you can visit my website www.gonzalotrigueros.com