Stocks are a risky business, as is street racing. In the blink of an eye, everything can take a Dale Earnhardt-turn-for-the-worst and come crashing down like a Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. However, street racing on the small screen (sprinkled with telenovella plot twists and staring a former Southern Methodist University finance major) is entirely risk free.
On May 1, Mun2 will air the first episode of RPM Miami, a new bilingual series about street racing that's filmed aquí mismo en Miami. We spoke with former daytime soap stud and RPM Miami cast member, Adrian Bellani, about everything from Latino stereotypes to Apple stocks. Check out our Q&A with the Miami-born, Salvadoran-raised actor after the jump.
Cultist: How has the promotional tour been?
Adrian Bellani: The promotional tour's going great, we have one of those shows that's generating a nice little buzz. It's really surreal and very special for me. And I think it's very special for all Latinos across the United States.
We don't see many bilingual shows -- off the top of my head I can only think of Que Pasa Usa. How do you think non-Spanish speakers are going to react to RPM?
I think we live in a time where every American, or every gringo--how we would call them--has a Latin friend. They've probably heard them speak in their native language, and they've probably heard them speak Spanglish.
You know, the good thing about this show is that's it catered to every young demographic no matter where you're from. A lot of the Spanish scenes will be subtitled in English, so you will be able to understand it.
I think it's a show that, especially the Latin audience, is really going to appreciate, and really take in because it's not your cliché Hispanic, or your not your cliché or stereotypical Mexican gardener, or stuff like that. We're all playing real, authentic, and genuine Latinos that have dreams and aspirations to succeed in life.
My character is an Army ranger, and he's fighting for everybody's freedom in the United States, and fighting to end the war on terror. It's very important to recognize he is a Latino, and he is fighting for the United States, especially now where Latinos are trying to get the boot. It doesn't matter where my parents are from, if I was born in the United States, I'm an American citizen, and I will die for this country.
You were born in Miami, but you grew in El Salvador, right?
My parents were in Miami during the civil war in El Salvador, which was from '79-'91, and I was born in Miami. In 1990, we moved back to El Salvador, grew up over there.
Do you consider yourself Salvadoran at the end of the day?
If someone were to ask me where I'm from, I would say El Salvador. My whole family lives over there, that's where I call home. But at the end of the day, I'm also American.
I went to (college) in Dallas. I went to SMU and graduated a finance degree, and then I decided to make that move to LA. I was a kid once that had a dream to be an actor, and I followed that dream. It's a testament to all Latinos. If you could dream it, you could do it. It's really special to be living the life I dreamed of having since I was a little kid. I think it's a great example for all Latinos out there that want to pursue a career, and nobody takes them seriously. Grab your balls and do it, anything's possible.
Are you happy that you didn't go the finance route, or could you see yourself working in the banking industry?
Absolutely not, I think education is very important. I wouldn't tell anybody not to get an education to pursue this career, because the odds and the chances of succeeding in this career are very slim. At least I went to school, and worst-case scenario I have something fall back on. Luckily I'm a little conscious and aware of my finances.
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Do you handle your own finances, or do you have someone that does that for you?
Well, I handle my spending, but I have someone that does all my accounting, and stuff.
Wow, I don't know. Right now it's tough, with the gas going up, and all these issues, I'd probably put it under my mattress for the moment. (Laughs) I've always been a great believe in the apple stock.
Do you think the stock will drop if and when Steve Jobs has to step back?
It's really hard to say. That's kind of the word on the street; everyone's worried about what happens when he steps down, and his health situation. But it's going to be the first-ever trillion-dollar company I just read.
Sticking with computers, are you big on Twitter?
Yeah, you can look for me there under @BellaniSays. It's fairly new 'cause my first one was shut down, unfortunately. I don't why, or if somebody hacked into it and shut it down, but I lost all my followers. Now I'm slowly starting back up again.
Do you like the fact Twitter allows you interact with fans directly, or do you tend to use it more as a promotional tool, rather than a window into your life?
I use it both ways. If someone asks me a question, I'm more than happy to answer it. It's a great way to self promote, and to keep in touch, but I also do it to make fun of my friends, talk trash. If they get silly, I'm going to knock 'em down.
In 2006, People En Español named you one of the 25 hottest Latino bachelors in the word. Are you still a bachelor?
Am I still a bachelor? (Hesitation) Yeah. You know, I have somebody very close in my life, but I think I'm still a bachelor. Am I eligible? Maybe.
That'll make a lot of women happy. When's the next time we're going to see you in Miami?
I'm going to be there at the end of the month for the Latin Billboard awards, and we're having a launch on the 27th, I believe, for RPM Miami.