Rodrigo Santoro is a Brazilian actor best known for his roles in the films 300 and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, as well as his stint in the television series Lost.
He was born on August 22, 1975 in Rio de Janeiro. He went into acting workshops while studying journalism at PUC-Rio in Rio de Janeiro. His first screen appearances were on Brazilian dramas such as Olho no Olho, Explode Coracao and Mulheres Apaixionadas. He also appeared in the miniseries Hilda Furacao, shown in 1998.
In 2001, Rodrigo Santoro would get his first major film role in Bicho de Sete Cabecas, directed by Lais Bodansky. His portrayal of a young man who is sent to a psychiatric institution after being caught smoking marijuana earned him the admiration of audiences, who were booing him before on the basis of his work in a Brazilian soap opera. He won the best actor trophy for the 2000 Brasilia Brazilian Cinema Festival, where the film was premiered. His work for the Golden Globe-nominated Abril Despedecado, released in 2001, and Caraniru, released in 2003, solidified his reputation as one of the best Brazilian actors.
His first English language production was the 2003 television movie The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, where he worked alongside Helen Mirren and Anne Bancroft. He then appeared in the 2003 action film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which made him popular in Hollywood. It was followed by his performance in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually.
Rodrigo Santoro joined the cast of the ABC series Lost in 2006, as one half of the surviving couple Nikki and Paulo. The characters were written off in the middle of the third season after negative reaction from fans about their abrupt introduction. He then appeared on the Frank Miller adaptation 300, playing Persian emperor Xerxes I.
Most recently, Santoro was cast in films such as Heleno and There Be Dragons.
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Rodrigo Junqueira dos Reis Santoro
-When Rodrigo was kid, he wanted to be a fisherman.
-He likes to read William Shakespeare's works.
-He is a fan of the American rock band The Doors.
-He practices Transcendental Meditation and sports.
-He enjoys painting.
-He is shy and very reserved.
In 2000, he won a Candango Trophy for Best Actor
for his work in Brainstorm.
In 2002, he won a APCA Trophy, Cinema Brazil Grand Prize and Golden India Catalina for his work in Brainstorm.
2011 - Heleno
2011 - There Be Dragons - Oriol
2009 - I Love You, Philip Morris - Jimmy Kemple
2008 - Che - Raul Castro
2007 - 300 - Xerxes
2004 - A Dona da Historia - Luiz Claudio young
2003 - Love Actually - Karl
2003 - Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle - Randy Emmers
2003 - Carandiru - Lady Di
2001 - Abril Despedacado - Tonho
2001 - Bicho de Sete Cabecas - Wilson Souza Neto
1999 - O Trapalhao e a Luz Azul
1998 - Como Ser Solteiro - Himself
1996 - Depois do Escuro
2006 - Lost - Paulo
2005 - Hoje e Dia de Maria - Amado / Dom Chico Chicote
2003 - Em Roma na Primavera - Jovem
2003 - Mulheres Apaixonadas - Diogo Ribeiro Alves
2002 - Pastores da Noite - Padre Gomes
2001 - Os Normais - Julio
2001 - Estrela-Guia - Carlos Charles Pimenta
In high school, Rodrigo's nickname was "Giraia."
-When I was a kid, I liked watching MacGyver turn a piece of bubble gum into a bomb.
-I'd like to play Locke. This character has very interesting conflicts and approaches things using a philosophy that I find cool.
-I love both the sun and the moon, day and night. But I enjoy the day the most because I live in Rio and I can play sports.
- It's very normal for men in Brazil to wear Speedos. But I always do trunks.
-I like hiking or any sport. But good food and conversation are very important. And I like to cook.