Adam Pedicini is one of the most diversely talented performers currently working in Australia today. Over the course of his career Pedicini has found incredible success as an actor, television host, model and dancer.
From dancing on the “Everytime We Touch” tour across the UK for German artist Cascada to acting in the films True Face, Drown, The Fence, Exposure, Strange Bellows and Cold Feet, as well as hosting the television shows “Mardi Gras” for Inside Out TV and “Tomorrowland” for Nine MSN, Adam Pedicini is the perfect example of how one can use all of their diverse talents to make a name for themselves in the entertainment industry.
To find out more about Adam Pedicini and how he found success as a performer in Australia, read our interview below!
PLM: Where are you from? When and how did you get into acting?
AP: I’m from Melbourne, Australia and although I didn’t get my first play until I was 18 my parents took me to a lot of theatre productions growing up, and I was forever playing dress up and doing concerts for family members.
PLM: When and how did you get into working as Television Host?
AP: I was doing a speech at a friend’s birthday party and one of his guests knew of someone looking for a host. We had a chat, he got my details and I was called in for a meeting the following Monday and was on set by the Wednesday.
PLM: What projects have you worked on as a Television Host?
AP: The Sydney Mardi Gras parade is probably the biggest show I’ve done. The show was called Inside Out TV and it aired on Foxtel – Arena. It was in 2013 and as the parade isn’t televised anymore we were the only production covering the parade. It’s also the second largest annual event regarding economic impact. The show involved crossing to and from reporters corresponding from the parade as well as in the studio, which was situated above the parade on Oxford St. We had several LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) guest stars in the studio, but out main guest of the evening was Brynne Edelsten.
PLM: Did you always know you would someday have a career on camera as an actor or host, or was it something that just happened out of the blue?
AP: I say that it chose me. I’m always looking to keep my life happy and fulfilling. Having this career has given me that quality of life all because I was willing to say yes.
PLM: Can you tell me a little bit about the film and television projects you’ve done as an actor?
AP: I played the role of Mick/Benny in the film True Face. Mick is a typical Aussie dude who likes to have a few beers and loves to chase women, He was also very confident, so as far as women go the bigger the challenge the more fun. Benny is a very loud and over the top weather man and it isn’t until later in the film that the audiences realizes Mick and Benny are the same person.
I also played Barry in the comedy horror film Cold Feet. The film is based around the anxiety and fears most guys have before they get married. A seemingly straight laced guy named Freddie is taken out on the town for a night of drinking and strip clubs, but what seems like an innocent kiss becomes far more and Freddie is left to consider if he is doing the right thing by getting married.
My character is the bad influence, and is far more concerned with getting Freddie drunk and letting him play out his fantasies before tying the knot. The value and importance of the journey Freddie is about to embark on is of no concern to my character.
This was a great film to work on as the director wanted to really push the fun and make the ‘stag do’ a typical boys night out. I personally have such a cheeky personality so it was great to let it shine in the film. I even picked up Freddie on my shoulder at one point to carry him off… The director loved it and it was kept in the film. I also got to act alongside Michelle Pastor who had played in the hit Australia TV drama Underbelly.
I also played the lead role of Ethan in the film Exposure, and appeared in the shows Packed to the Rafters and Winners and Loser
PLM: They are all very different, what made you choose to participate in these projects?
AP: What I love about this industry is the variety and challenge each projects brings. It’s the element of the unknown and the same goes when I play a new character. When I first read a script and start developing a character I think I know how it will end up, but as I look more into the character the more it changes. Before I know it I’m seeing the character from a completely different angle and surprising myself where I end up. I try not to be to picky, as long as I see a challenge in the role and get to work with different people, generally I try most things.
PLM: Can you list some of the theatre projects you’ve participated in up until now, and the roles you’ve played?
AP: I played Puck in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” with the Australian Shakespeare Company. It is the company’s biggest production of the year and is had in the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Victoria. This is a traditional event of the Melbourne theatre calendar and summers night entertainment. What made this play so special for me was performing in the outdoors and under the stars. With the audience bringing picnic rugs and enjoying the show from the grass they got to experience theatre from a different perspective. As an actor you also get to interact with the audience more and at certain points I got to ask them to join me on stage.
I also played the lead in a double bill of “Judy Garland Slept Here,” where I played the roles of Othal Mills, Bryce Reese and Donald Patty, and “Full Frontal Male Nudity” written by Mark Dunn, where I played the role of Drake. The play was the headline for the Gay and Lesbian Festival in Melbourne Victoria The Midsummer Festival. The play was an Australian premier as it was first played on Off Broadway. The first play dealt with the homophobic issues of a small country town in Southern America and the second looked at the body image of gay man. Although both were rather funny plays, they also had a strong message about gay rights and issues.
PLM: What has been your favorite role as an actor so far and why?
AP: Playing Puck has been the most enjoyable– the sense of freedom that comes with doing a play outdoors is something I really cherished. But more so Puck as a character is very similar to me, and being able to show my cheeky, fun and mischievous side through the character was very rewarding.
PLM: As for genre, what is your favorite to act in?
AP: Comedy. The joy of bringing laughter and enjoyment to people’s lives is so rewarding. I like to think that in some way the performance sheds a little bit of light on their lives and any worries that they might be having at that time are forgotten.
PLM: What separates you from other actors?
AP: I love to play and explore! Being able to trust other people, while listening and letting the director give me direction as I try and aim for their vision is an amazing process. I don’t have one set way and don’t think one set way works. I love to hear ideas and I love to see what’s possible with other people’s suggestions.
PLM: What do you enjoy about being a television host?
AP: Thinking on my feet. I love that anything could change at the flick of a switch and I have to be ready and respond. It’s a great chance to let my personality show as well. No matter what I might be doing there’s always the possibility to show some of my personality.
PLM: What projects do you have coming up?
AP: The feature film True Face will be released this year.
PLM: Why is acting your passion and chosen profession?
AP: As a child I was unfortunately the victim of sexual abuse and as I grew up I felt I had dealt with it and it was a thing of the past; but, as my acting career started to grow and my training became more developed I realized I was still very hurt by those events and the healing process was long from being healed. Through acting I’ve found an avenue of expression, forgiveness and now it’s used as a great tool in my craft, rather than a burden on my life.
PLM: What agencies are you with?
AP: In LA I’m with Global One and they work in the USA and throughout Asia. My acting agent in Australia is Gilchrist and they work between Australia and the US. My Dance agent is Jeep and they are based in Sydney and work locally. My modeling agency in Australia is WINK.
PLM: You said you have a background in dance, how did you get into working as a professional dancer?
AP: At aged 24 I did a dance class for fun with a friend and the principle of the school saw me and asked to join the full time program at Dance Factory. I ended up dancing with their agency for three years.
PLM: What was the first style of dance that you fell in love with?
AP: Commercial hip-hop.
PLM: How has your dancing progressed overtime?
AP: Rather dramatically! Form being a raw beginner and having no music understanding, at first dance was completely foreign to me. But over the years and through sheer determination I’m now able to understand music and let dance be an expression of the music.
PLM: What drew you to a career as a dancer?
AP: It just seemed fun…. The concept of dancing on a stage around the world just seemed to good to be true. Then I heard of the opportunity to dance on cruise ships and travel the world. This seemed like the best way to live so with those two things in mind I set about achieving my goals.
PLM: What work have you done as a dancer commercially?
AP: I was on tour with Cascada, and I’ve danced on “UK’s Got Talent,” “Australia’s Got Talent,” “X Factor UK,” as well as several music videos, and fashion parades.
PLM: Can you tell me about the productions you’ve danced in?
AP: I did the Everytime We Touch tour as a dancer with Cascada. It was a cast of 4 dancers- 2 guys and 2 girls. We did all of the UK shows and the tour lasted 4 months. Auditions were held in Germany and the UK and each concert had around 2000 people. It was a high-energy show with lots of dancing and large visual effects.
PLM: What has been your favorite project/role as a dancer and why?
AP: The tour with Cascada was heaps of fun. The crowds were so big and every time I went on stage I was filled with adrenalin and would get goose bumps. It was amazing the sort of energy having such a big crowd would create.
PLM: When you started dancing, did you know you’d become a professional dancer someday?
AP: No not really, it all started off very as more of a challenge and something that seemed like a lot of fun. I never anticipated the journey my career took it; when I look back I’m still amazed at what I was able to achieve considering the age I started dancing.
PLM What separates you from other dancers?
AP: Being able to connect with the crowd. There’s a special bond that a performer has with a crowd and I really feed off that. Seeing their interest and enjoyment in what we do is so satisfying.
PLM: What came first for you acting, modeling or dancing? How did it influence your work in the other fields?
AP: Acting has always been my main goal, but along the way I was giving this other opportunity and I ran with it. Dance is the perfect additional skill to have as an actor and it’s been such a good source of knowledge, which has added to my craft as an actor.
PLM: Why id dancing a good addition to your craft as an actor?
AP: So many times as an actor we have to move and create the energy and it’s so critical how we use our bodies. How can we transform a given self to be more inline with the character? My dance training has given me the ability to feel, understand and express how my body is on stage. Its one thing to be ‘stiff’ but if that means you can’t move on stage then its no use. Being in tune with your physical self it’s possible to be ‘stiff’ but still move and interact on stage.
PLM: What advice would you give to those who want to pursue a career as a dancer?
AP: Be diverse and learn to tell stories with your body and mind. Too many dancers I think try to impress people with big flashy moves; but I think it’s more important to engage and appreciate the audience, and not take them for granted.