“In the FX drama series SNOWFALL, the collision of fates for the drug cartels and crime families living in Los Angeles during the rise of popularity and epidemic of crack cocaine is mesmerizing. For Filipe Valle Costa, it is more than just a story, it is an opportunity to portray a driven young man caught up in the events that spiraled out of control during that time period.
In an exclusive interview, Filipe talks about the appeal of his character Pedro and how amazing his own career has become with this opportunity.”
“Like The People vs. O.J. Simpson or The Americans, Snowfall is very much a uniquely American story: it’s glamorous on the surface, and quite dark underneath.
‘When you first get this opportunity to be on Snowfall,’ Valle Costa says, ‘It’s about drugs and it’s cool and hip—those are the things being thrown at you. What surprised me was that realization of, ‘wait a second, there’s really a personal story being told here. People were actually very deeply affected and their lives were turned upside down.’”
“When Snowfall makes its debut on FX this Wednesday, audiences will be introduced to Filipe Valle Costa. Though he has had some small parts on shows like Blue Bloods and Gotham, Costa says that Snowfall is basically his ‘big break.’
‘It’s my first series regular opportunity. It’s the first time that I’m shooting nine out of ten episodes,” he said of the John Singleton drama. ‘It doesn’t really get any more fun and exciting than this. I grew up watching his movies.'”
“Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Filipe Valle Costa to discuss his inspiring journey as an actor, his highly anticipated role on FX’s ‘Snowfall’, the formation of the Saudade Theatre in New York City, diversity in Hollywood and much more!”
“Every great story should be told. For Portuguese actor Filipe Valle Costa, he doesn’t just star in them either, he lives one. As one of the breakouts of FX’s new crack cocaine origin story series ‘Snowfall,’ his journey towards achieving his dream started in the most unlikely of places upon arriving in the States.
Instead of cutting his teeth in Los Angeles or New York, Valle Costa ventured from Portugal to Iowa on a tennis scholarship and began to build upon his dream from there.” Read more here.
“Saudade is a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is uniquely characteristic of the Portuguese. For me, theatre at its best is exactly that—the intimate study of what we long for as a community. Hence, Saudade Theatre was born…It is our mission to explore the politics of love, compassion, and revolution through the lens of the Portuguese consciousness.”
“Premiering July 5, the drama is set in 1983 against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.
The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata (Peris Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Luica Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.”