Shortly before starting his career on Brazilian television, 42-year-old Ricardo Pereira was well aware of the country with which he had always been close, despite the ocean distance that separated him from Tupiniquin. As a child in Lisbon, the Portuguese learned little about our culture on television in the classic plays that aired there, such as “Pedra sobre Pedra” and “Roque Santeiro” and through the popular music of Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Joana, Simone and Jorge Ben Jor. In addition, the male star also has news from many family members who crossed the sea to live in Brazil.
“I have always heard of a country far and wide. The message arrived in letters and I reproduced these images in the play. I traveled around Brazil through opera and music. I am fascinated by cultural diversity by natural beauty. ”
Years later, Ricardo Pereira actually set foot on Brazilian soil. Printing is the best. “I’m more and more obsessed with this great drive. “I have seen a lot of nature in every corner of the world, unlike any other country I have ever visited.”
At the time, Pereira was an actor with a career in film, television and theater in Spain, France, the Netherlands and Portugal, and he was sure he should return to Brazil, not just as a tourist. It all happened by accident. “I have already worked as a model and host boy for Osklen. I came to Brazil for São Paulo Fashion Week. A businessman invited me,” the actor said. “I ended up going there, and there he asked me if I would like to visit Projac, the iconic city of TV.” .
At the Globo TV production center, Ricardo Pereira met with acting coach André Reis. We are talking about 2004. Two years ago, the network needed a Portuguese actor to star in “Esperança”. Pereira tested in Portugal among the final three, but Nuno Lopes ended up being selected.
When writer Walther Negrão decided that the protagonist of “Como uma Onda” would be a foreigner and Portuguese for the first time in the history of Brazilian teledramaturgy, Ricardo Pereira’s name was on the list. He took another test and was agreed to play Daniel, who is in a love triangle with his sister Nina (Alinne Moraes). And Lenita (Mel Lisboa). One thing began 18 years ago.
“Destiny took me to Brazil. My expectations and preferences for creating ‘Like a Wave’ are enormous, so it is a responsibility. When I realized that no foreigner was acting as a leader, I raised my sleeve and took the opportunity to fight for it. That was the beginning of everything in personal history and a beautiful career with Brazil, ”the actor said.
Hero in “Face and Courage”
During his nearly 20 years working in the country, Ricardo Pereira has been involved in almost 20 productions, including operas and sequels, but also in movies and theater shows. The Portuguese is now playing the bad Danilo in “Cara e Coragem”, a 7-night telenovela on Globo. Danilo is handsome, attractive, strategist and ambitious, not an easy-to-identify classic villain. Meanwhile, the businessman put his marriage to Rebeca (Mariana Santos) above all else and did everything it needed to get her back in control of her son Chiquinho.
According to Ricardo Pereira, Danilo’s ambiguity and contradiction are elements that give character and depth to the character: “He thinks he knows what is best for others, he almost feels divine. . He wants to control the fate of the characters, and this is very dangerous in the sense that he shows there the extent of his madness. He wants to enter into the power of creation. But he is also a man who plays, talks and dresses well, attractive. “You really do not know who that person is.”
For two decades on the regional bridge between Brazil and Portugal, Pereira knew how to balance professional investment here and there. During the height of the epidemic, the actor married Portuguese art seller Francisca Pinto and father of 10-year-old Vicente, 8-year-old Francisca and 4-year-old Julieta – all of whom were born in Brazil. Spend months with their parents. “Éramos Seis” ended at the beginning of social isolation and the artist took the opportunity to return to his home country.
There he completed the production of “Revolta”, a film that premiered earlier this month in Portuguese cinema and the drama “Amor Amor” in which romantic singer Romeu Santiago lived. Feuilleton was a huge success. From a distance, the actor participated in an episode of “Amor e Sorte”, a series produced by Globo in 2020. To film “Cara e Coragem” Ricardo Pereira and family returned to Brazil in the second half of last year.
In a country that surprised him from his childhood in Lisbon, he felt at home. At one point, a fan stopped the actor on the street and asked how well he sounded Portuguese – at that time he was playing a Portuguese character in Globo. “This is the biggest compliment I can get because it is a sign that she sees me speaking Portuguese, Brazilian well,” he laughed. In fact, Pereira manages to eliminate his native language accents after several training sessions and speech therapy.
“I did the characters with Portuguese and Brazilian accents in English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian. I enjoy finding ways to communicate in different languages. In Brazil, I had years of speech therapy, which was intense and detailed work, ”points out the actor.
Ricardo Pereira says speaking Brazilian Portuguese is natural and automatic for him. With Francisca he kept the Terrinha accent, but with his children he completed both mixes. “To record, I study a lot of text, I do markers and preparatory exercises to warm up my voice and body,” he added.
Brazilian-Portuguese exchange rate
With a successful career in Brazil, Ricardo Pereira is a genre of Portuguese cultural ambassadors here, and along with Giulia Buscacio, Maria João Bastos, Maria de Medeiros, Paulo Rocha and Pedro Carvalho, formed a group of Portuguese artists who are prominent in national productions. . .
This “invasion” has been going on for a long time. What is newer is the opposite movement: Brazilian artists move to live and work in Portugal. There are – to name a few – Luana Piovani, Thiago Rodrigues, Marcello Antony, Tássia Camargo, Nina Moreno, Miguel Thiré, among others.
Ricardo Pereira sees Brazilian immigrants in his homeland “with the utmost pleasure” and puts himself in charge of building this bridge in both directions: “They are two great countries that should follow a greater culture in “Hands. The more we know each other, the more partnerships will emerge. The movement has taken place in a beautiful way.”