SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Dan Cardoso: Hello, so I’m Dan Cardoso I’m a half French half Portuguese actor, lately living between Paris and Lisbon. I’m also anchorman and translator for American and Spanish TV shows conventions in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Dan Cardoso: It started as a teenager around 13/14, when at middle school teachers came to me asking me to take the lead role of the play they were working on (which was huge with orchestra, 80 chorus…). I didn’t want it at all, but I let myself be convinced and I loved it very much.
SKSM: How did you become involved in All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby film?
Dan Cardoso: A friend of mine I work with during conventions, told me he gave my number to L.A. Dubos, cause they were looking for a male actor, age 30 – 40 who could play in English and he immediatly thought of me. Two days later, L.A.Dubos called me, we talked and two days later we met.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Dan Cardoso: About this story, I would say it’s about the struggle. What do I do with my life? Do I persue my dreams even if it means risking a lot, or should I stay in a meaningless stable simple life that doesn’t make me happy.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Dan Cardoso: Neither lol. It wasn’t written for me at all, but when we met, we bonded right away. L.A.Dubos told me that it would be a hard one to play because of the struggle and the depth the character is going. At that time, I was just coming out of a big crisis myself, struggeling (in some way) the same way the character does. I told them I knew what the character was going through, cause I had felt it. So they trusted me with the role.
SKSM: You worked with L.A. Dubos on this film, how was that?
Dan Cardoso: It was awesome! I was so surprised how such a young person could be so professional, knowing exactly what she wanted and how she wanted it. She knows how to direct but also how to listen to the actor’s propositions and accept them. We always understood each other, even when we were beyond exhaustion.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Dan Cardoso: Shooting outside in the snow, at night, by -5°C without any apropriate equipment. But none of us complained. We were freezing, our shoes were soaking wet, we couldn’t wear gloves, neither the crew or myself, but we kept laughing together, knowing we had to finish that night, cause the 1st lockdown would start the next day.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Dan Cardoso: Of course. With all of them. And I can’t wait to do new projects with them. That team is incredible (as human beings and also very talented).
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Dan Cardoso: Because of the pandemic, I had to reinvent myself, because nothing happened regarding events, theater and so on. I’m actually writing a book on a true story which should be released in February.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Dan Cardoso: I wouldn’t use the word “fan” (properly speaking), but I really do love is work, and how he managed to create incredible atmospheres.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Dan Cardoso: Hard question, you never know what can or cannot surprise people. So I would say, maybe that I speak 6 languages.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Dan Cardoso: First, thank you for interviewing me. And to the fans, thank you for taking the time to read and I hope if you have a chance to watch the movie that you’ll like it.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Dan Cardoso: I’d like to thank L.A. Dubos once again for trusting me with this role, all the crew for all the work and good times we had together, and obviously all the people who helped us through the crowdfunding that made it possible.