BELLO IT GUY: American Vandal’s JIMMY TATRO

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Ed: How did you first get involved with such a talked about show like Netflix’s “American Vandal”?

Jimmy: I just auditioned. I was on the set of a movie in Vancouver and I auditioned for “Untitled High School Project,” didn’t have anyone to read with, so I did it by myself. I got a callback, went into “Funny or Die” for a callback, and booked it.

 

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Were you nervous going into it?

I was a little nervous but I was also didn’t have a full understanding of what the project was. They were being so secretive about it, they weren’t sending out scripts, all I saw were my sides. So, I actually didn’t know what my role really was, or how big the role was, until they offered it to me. That was when they explained the concept to me. That was a cool phone call.

 

What was your reaction knowing that the show would be on Netflix?

Well I knew it was Netflix—that was the one thing I knew the whole time. If I hadn’t known that, maybe I wouldn’t have been so adamant about making it happen. Otherwise, I had really no information. I just remember I was on a plane and I got a call from the producers and the director. That was when they explained the whole concept and they explained to me what my role was and everything. I was just sitting there on the plane cracking up next to a bunch of random people who had no idea what was going on.

 

How was the transition from the YouTube platform to a more traditional sense of acting?

It helped in a sense that YouTube gave me exposure, but it also hurt because it gave me this “YouTube association” that I had to prove to people that I could do more than that.  A lot of people just associate YouTube with vlogs, makeup tutorials, and challenges. They don’t trust that the YouTuber can act, because a lot of it is just personality-based. So, certain parts of it were against me. I know that was something that they had to take into consideration when casting me—can this YouTube guy actually act in a series?

 

I know that your YouTube channel is still alive, so how do you personally handle both the shooting and the channel?

It’s all about balance. I’ve just been trying to come up with a good way to balance it all. Lately, I feel like I’ve figured out a good way to do it. I had been trying to put out new videos every Monday, but then I wasn’t able to because I would be shooting a movie or a show. There have been time periods where I have been all over the place. I have been so unsure about what I should be doing. For so long I wanted to completely get off of YouTube. As time as gone on, I have realized how helpful a YouTube channel can be. Not that I didn’t know that before, but I don’t plan on completely stopping making videos. But, my subscribers have noticed that there has been a substantial decrease in the amount of videos that I have put out, which I’m working on.

 

Besides acting and comedy, are there any other areas in the industry that you want to jump into—like directing or producing?

Coming from YouTube, I have always written, directed and produced my own sketches. So, that is what I want to be doing. I would like to be doing what I do on YouTube, on a much larger scale. Not sure exactly what that looks like right now, but that is the goal. The goal is to have exactly what I have with my YouTube channel, but for film and TV.

 

Cool! So, Bello is a lifestyle and fashion magazine. How would you describe your style?

My style is pretty casual. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be “casual.” I’m more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy, or even a t-shirt and sweatshort kind of guy. I’m all about comfort. More of a focus on comfort than school, at least during the week. I stepped out of my comfort zone a little bit today with this shoot, and it was fun.

 

Yes! Health is always important as well, so tell us about your fitness routine.

I work out. I like doing activities more than I like working out, I like playing basketball, I like snowboarding in the winter, I have been wakeboarding a lot lately. I have always preferred doing activities that are physical rather than going to the gym. I have never really been a big fan of the gym. But, it is the most time-efficient way to work out. I am a huge candy enthusiast, and I have been trying to cut back lately.

 

Haha, so what’s your favorite candy?

Oh, wow. It depends on the genre. If you’re talking chocolate, there are these things called Snickers Crispers that are unbelievable. On the sour side, I’m more of a Starburst GummiBursts kind of guy. They are like gushers, but Starbursts, and sour—it’s totally crazy.

 

Oh, nice. So, tell us about the future projects that you have coming up.

I am developing a couple shows, one movie that we’re trying to shoot as soon as possible, and working on putting out a season of YouTube videos starting in November and ending in February. That is what I am focused on right now. Hopefully, I’ll be having a sock line coming out, as well.

 

What inspired creating the sock line?

I have always been a fan of crazy socks. The socks are really funny. I don’t want to say exactly what they are, but they look like feet with sandals.

 

When do you think that’ll be done?

I am hoping to launch it in November or December—right before Christmas.

 

Oh! That’ll definitely be featured in Bello Magazine. Tell us about the movie you wrote.

I don’t want to say too much, but I will say it is about a college weed dealer who takes things too far. I just had a lot of friends in college that sold weed, so it’s kind of like that, but if they went breaking bad.

 

So, is it like thriller and suspense?

No, it’s totally a comedy where people that shouldn’t be in intense situations, are.

 

Any titles for the movie?

I do have a title, I’m not sure if I want to say it though.

 

So, like, “untitled college weed dealer movie”?

Exactly. That’s pretty much what we sent it as for a while, then we had to change it because people weren’t going to see “untitled college weed movie” and think “yeah! I’m in!”

 

Hey, some people would! Are you starting to cast or produce the movie?

We are still in the pre-production process. There are have been a lot of complications, a lot of processing stuff, a lot of waiting for people to make phone calls. It’s different from YouTube stuff, where you can do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. So, when it gets a point where you have to wait for other people do things, it can get a little frustrating. But, we’ve got to remember it’s all part of the process.

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Photography Arthur Galvao

Grooming Nicole Walmsley

Styling Luke Funcheta

Art Direction Stephane Marquet

Interview Ed  Solorzano

Production MAISON PRIVEE x BELLO Media Group

About The Author

Aleksandar Tomovic
Editor in Chief

French photographer (of Serbian Origins) lives and works in Los Angeles. Known for his celebrity fashion editorials and recognized around the world for his european esthetics and american efficiency.

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