International Star You Should Know: Colombian Actor-Director Victor Mallarino

Victor Mallarino
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Colombia’s Victor Mallarino has been acting since he was 5, and by 6, he was studying theater. At 13, he starred in sitcom “En Casa de Mama Leonor.” But performing was in his blood: Mallarino’s father, also called Victor, was an early director of the National School of Dramatic Arts, and at Colombia’s prestigious Teatro Colon.

IDOL CHATTER: Mallarino’s role models when he was growing up were Sanford Meisner for his interpretation of Method acting, Brit theater director Peter Brook and writer-director Clive Barker. His film directing idols include Leigh, Altman, Hitchcock and Fellini. He was able to meld both acting and directing himself in 2007 TV series “Amas de Casa Desesperadas” — in which he performed in and helmed nearly every episode.

DIRECT LINE: Despite his earliest roots in acting, Mallarino, 58, prefers to direct. He recently co-helmed 80 episodes of biomusical “Celia,” about Cuban salsa diva Celia Cruz, for Fox TeleColombia. The show bowed last month on Colombia’s RCN network and NBCU’s Telemundo, where it was a ratings hit, averaging 1.8 million viewers in its debut, and spiking 30% the next day. “As an actor, I can put myself in actors’ shoes,” Mallarino says. “I know what guidance they need from me.”

NOBLE REMAKE: Mallarino is also starring in Dynamo/Patagonik co-production “Malcriados,” the Colombian remake of Mexican blockbuster comedy “We Are the Nobles.” “Malcriados” started principal photography last month. And he directs the play “El Credito,” by Jordi Galceran, which opened Oct. 21 in Bogota.

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  1. Carolina says:

    Victor Mallarino is a very talented person. He is awesome and I can’t wait to see his new film “Malcriados”.

  2. Victor is amazing at everything he does. I feel absolutely privileged to have been part of Celia and working under his direction. He knows how to approach actors, and has an incredible attention to detail. Bravo Victor!!!!!!

  3. ElTigre says:

    Yeah I saw that, guy got hacked. Doubtful someone who wants to be more famous would outright threaten someone like that on the internet. Logic, people. Logic.

  4. Sara Tanner says:

    Amazing article! Latin American talent should continue to be recognized!

  5. Natalia Martinez says:

    Victor Mallarino is an incredible director and actor! It was in his blood from the beginning! Looking forward to seeing more projects from him.

  6. Juan Pablo Gomez says:

    Victor Mallarino is in an incredible actor and director. Looking forward to seeing his new movie. Thank you for this article highlighting his talents.

  7. RJ says:

    You should do a follow up with all the violent death threats he sent out on twitter.

    • timgray2013 says:

      Variety has assurances that the Colombian actor-director Victor Mallorino was not responsible for those tweets. He has a different Twitter handle and usually tweets in Spanish.
      Tim Gray, senior VP

  8. Publius says:

    Is this the same person who makes threats against those who have different ideas?

  9. Jake Simmons says:

    Victor, did you really threaten Mark Dice??

  10. What is upsetting are the numerous hateful Twitter attacks Victor is making towards and internet talk host. . Victor has serious anger management issues. Why does this Hack-actor get a story in Variety? He clearly has no more talent than most high school glee club participants. I boycott anything Victor does.

    • timgray2013 says:

      Twitter has determined that Victor Mallarino’s twitter account was hacked. Please go to Mark Dice’s twitter feed and read the tweet he posted at 8:22am November 24, 2015.

    • timgray2013 says:

      Variety has assurances that the Colombian actor-director Victor Mallarino was not responsible for those tweets. He has a different Twitter handle and usually tweets in Spanish.
      Tim Gray, senior VP

      • Stephen Cohen says:

        Thank you Tim Gray. The target of the vicious tweet Mark Dice himself admitted on his twitter account that Victor Mallarino’s twitter account was hacked. Please read the tweet from Mark here:

        Just got off phone with @Support & they have determined @VMallarino's account was hacked and then used send me the vicious death threats.— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) November 24, 2015

      • timgray2013 says:

        Thanks for the thanks. It’s a reminder that we’re all vulnerable to hacking, and hackers sometimes like to write very twisted things.
        Thanks again, Tim

      • Idgara says:

        “Usually” just means when he talks spanish to someone who speaks it or making a regular tweet. I boycott this guy too and I’m boycotting twitter for allowing it.

      • quibuslicet says:

        Any fourth grader could have researched it in two seconds and confirmed that it is indeed the same person. You are inept.

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