Magazine article Variety

The Perspective I Walked Away with Was Life-Changing

Magazine article Variety

The Perspective I Walked Away with Was Life-Changing

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Gino Anthony Pesi

What were your first TV roles like?

I got my first network gig on "CSI: Miami." It was a couple of one-liners, but it was terrifying because it was in front of over 100 extras.

But now you seem so confident alongside stars like Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.

I was confident on "Shades of Blue" because a lot has happened to me in my life since then. Any concern I had wasn't about being opposite Ray and Jennifer, it was about am I going to be able to give them what they want in order to play a leading man? I never saw myself that way after a few things happened in my life.

What things are you referring to?

When I was shooting "42," I was going through terrible medical issues. Over the course of five years, there was a list of about 10 symptoms I had, and my health was declining in many ways. I had been to five different doctors and they were all telling me that it was symptoms of old age. [He was 34.] I went home to Pittsburgh for about a week and I was dedicated to figuring out what was wrong with me. I took the list of symptoms. …

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