But Master of None marks her zeitgeist-y American debut, with Vulture calling her " your new crush ," Racked penning odes to her "flawless" styleand me, writing this, right now. Ansari was screening potential Francescas in Italy, but Mastronardi was at home in the U. I couldn't believe it. We'll try Alessandra Mastronardi make this quick so your phone doesn't die in the middle.
Where are you calling me from? Alessandra Mastronardi: I'm calling you from London, where I actually live. If something happens, I'm just gonna find a place where I can charge my phone batteries! Are you filming there? Mastronardi: I'm not filming at the moment, but I'm gonna film in Italy again in the next few months. I moved here a year ago, so I'm based here.
I try to make London like my house, my home. You auditioned last-minute for the part of Francesca — what was the audition like? Mastronardi: Aziz told me when we were doing the audition that I should improv, that the script wasn't ready yet. There wasn't an idea of the lines, so I had to be free to improvise and make the scene feel good and right. For me, it was actually better. I was too scared [in] the moment.
I have this weird thing with auditions where I feel a lot of pressure. So to say to me, "Do whatever you want," I felt much better. We started improvising, and what we did actually [ended up being] the idea of the relationship between Dev and Francesca. We actually built it over there, Alessandra Mastronardi I didn't know that. I discovered that after. So you helped develop the character from scratch?
Mastronardi: Alessandra Mastronardi, we improvised a little bit, and we had the idea from there where the relationship between the characters would go. I don't want Alessandra Mastronardi say that I did it, because that sounds too selfish, but we started it together, to build the characters.
Alessandra Mastronardi that was actually what happened when I started working with him on the show — we created Alessandra Mastronardi together between me, Alan [Yang], Aziz, Eric [Wareheim].
It was a proper, huge collaboration between all of Alessandra Mastronardi. That's the first time it happened to me, something like this. Usually you have the script, you talk to the director about his idea, and that's it, you have to follow the lines and his direction. In this case, it was a privilege to make something coming from myself and everybody else.
What are some Alessandra-isms that ended up being part of Francesca? Mastronardi: Little things, actually. One day Aziz and I talked, and he said to me that he couldn't be able to describe New Alessandra Mastronardi from the eyes of somebody who'd never been there before. He'd been there Alessandra Mastronardi too long, he loved New York too much, he didn't know what it was like for somebody who'd never been before to New York, he didn't know how a person could feel the first time.
So he asked me for my feeling. And I'm still a little bit insane about it [laughs]. He couldn't believe it. He was like, "You are crazy. We don't have these kind of pharmacies in Italy! I was happy, and afraid that maybe everybody would see that I'm insane. Movie food is something that I introduced him to. When there's a drama, you better have a huge ice cream box, and when there's a comedy, it's definitely a popcorn thing.
Was it odd for you, as an Italian woman, to have this non-Italian dude come into your country and film a story about being obsessed with your culture, your food, your movies? Mastronardi: It wasn't strange. I mean, it was a little strange that [Aziz] knew so much about Italian movies.
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It's this amazing thing. He knows Italian directors that I barely know. In the show, there are a lot of homages — do you say "homage"? I'm, Alessandra Mastronardi, lost in translation with all of this [laughs]. We had a scene where it's definitely an homage to Antonioni, homages to Vittorio De Sica. As an Italian actress, it's amazing that he could bring back this magic period that we had in cinema.
As a modern Italian actress, living again in this kind of story — it was an amazing gift. I am absolutely proud to be in it and of him for making it happen. Well, we don't always talk about food. But in the show, it seems a little bit Alessandra Mastronardi an obsession [for us]. We don't talk so much about food. We talk, but not so much [laughs]. Did you have to correct him on anything, like references or words or whether a situation would really happen that way in Italy?
Mastronardi: Not as much as I thought [laughs]. But yeah, in the beginning I had to tell him a few things. But he was the first person that was asking me if there was something too strong, Alessandra Mastronardi too much. He was really picky. He's really focused on what's real, what's not, what's too much. Especially when he had to translate the Italian language and the English language. Obviously, for the crew, the first episode was in Italian, so he was really concerned with everybody having the right translation.
His Italian as well is not perfect, but actually it's so cute that it's OK, it's fine.
I think we made a deal, because every time that I tried to correct him, he was kind of offended Alessandra Mastronardi it, and I was the same thing when he corrected me in English. So we said, OK, it's cute, it's us, it's fine, whatever.
What is it like playing the love interest of the person who's also the director, writer, producer — essentially, making out with your boss? Mastronardi: Alessandra Mastronardi the beginning I was really scared about it. Because of what you said — it's your partner, and your director, and your boss, because he's also a producer.
I didn't know how much I could say to him, if I was free to say everything I thought. It was a little tricky at the beginning. But I got to know him better and better, and I realized that even if he Alessandra Mastronardi all those other figures, he was still Aziz, a person who was asking me about me, making me feel comfortable. I'm an easygoing person, so I don't really care about anything, so it wasn't that different to work with him.
What's your relationship been like since the show wrapped? Mastronardi: Oh, we're friends. We're definitely, totally friends. I'm a very real person, I keep my friends, and I'm sorry for him, now he's stuck in my life [laughs]. I call him when I need advice. We had this thing when we were filming, we were obsessed with food, so we Alessandra Mastronardi sending each other pictures of food. When he was in Japan and I was in Paris, we'd send each other [photos] and debate which had the best plate.
He's a great friend and an amazing person to know in your life. I'm still looking for him and trying to talk to him, because finally I watched all of the show. I didn't see Alessandra Mastronardi before. I'm dying to talk to him about it. Maybe he's afraid of my judgment [laughs]. You just finished watching today?
Mastronardi: Yes, I finished Alessandra Mastronardi. When I film a movie, I never watch anything back, so I didn't know anything. When I asked Aziz to let me see something, he was really serious, like, "No, you're gonna watch when it's done! What did you think? Mastronardi: I literally watched it this morning, it was in the morning when I finished. I loved it.
I really, really loved it. I think he did a really, really good job.
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It's really good! I have to say, he's a good director. I know you filmed a few endings. Is this the one you wanted?