What do you like most about the character? “I feel like he’s always been super loyal and I’ve always liked that about him. He’s always been trustworthy and someone to support you. He’s tough. He’s kind of like the glue.
What don’t you like about him? “I don’t know how worldly he is. I think sometimes he thinks he knows more than he actually knows. His ego – maybe he can be too arrogant and arrogant.
What do you consider to be Dante’s iconic story? “Certainly the story of where he comes from, which was not filmed – the fact that he was raised by a single mother, with not much, I think, made him loyal, trustworthy and smart on the street.Finding out who his dad was and then having his dad shoot him was pretty important too [laughs]! And in recent years, what really defined him was when I left the show and he was captured and had to deal with PTSD. It defines who he is now and the places his life has gone and his decision to go back to law enforcement and move on with his life and all that. It was all driven by the trauma he went through, which I think humbled him and slowed him down a bit.
Who would Dante be most likely to turn to for advice? “Everyone is so screwed up, I don’t know!” Probably his mother.
How do you imagine Dante spending his free time? “Making love with Sam!” »
What life event had the greatest impact on Dante’s evolution? “Of course Dante getting shot by Sonny was the first major evolution. I think the second was his life with Lulu. It was another huge chapter. It showed him what love was, and the fact that they had children together gave him the opportunity to be a father after not having had any for most of his life.Then PTSD was an evolution in itself as he had to start over He lost Lulu and wondered, ‘What’s left now?’ Then he found Sam, who is that other angel in his life that he never saw coming. There are so many, I guess, when you think about it!
Who does Dante admire or consider the most as a role model? “His dad is a role model when it comes to loyalty and does anything for the family and that kind of stuff. Maybe Anna, though. She somehow found a way to balance her chosen field with this other kind of life, straddling the line [between following the rules and bending them]. I think the way she was able to do that is something he would like to emulate.
Which criminal did Dante most want to kill? “Who did he shoot [laughs]?! The one who brought him to Port Charles was Sonny Corinthos; that’s where he hung his hat. But in recent years, it probably would have had to be Peter, because it took several years of history, and he was responsible for Nathan’s murder.
Which era of Dante’s life would be the most fun to reenact? “Oh, the first six or eight months, when he first arrived in Port Charles, no doubt. There was so much going on. He was investigating Sonny, meeting Ronnie at the laundromat to discuss the case, meeting his mother with a young guy, meeting Lulu at Jake’s house. There were so many angles.
What three words best describe Dante? “It’s like an acting exercise, man! I would say fierce, loyal and found. What’s cool about being here so long is when I’m sitting here and talking to you about all the times , it really adds to a life. He wasn’t a man when I came here, and now he’s an adult! He knows who he is. Over the years, things have happened to him. humiliate it, hurt it and create what you see now.
What was the happiest time in Dante’s life? “When he met Lulu and he was in the throes of the secret investigation, that’s how I would respond as an actor, because it was a stressful time in Dante’s life but so much fun to play. I think the character would say marry Lulu and become a father, especially after they struggled to conceive. They created a family.
How has loving and losing Lulu affected who he is today? “She was the first true love he ever had. There were girls in the neighborhood and different women over the years, but never anyone like Lulu. Losing her, like losing everything, teaches you to take things day to day and always being grateful for what’s in front of you and what you have. I think that also allowed him to enjoy what was in front of him with Sam. He couldn’t stop being a parent, he couldn’t stop being a human with needs who wanted love and companionship. It’s not like he went looking for it; it just happened, and it happened with someone who seems to understand a lot about what he’s going through because she’s been through it too.
Which family member is he closest to? “His mother, of course. I haven’t worked much with Lisa [LoCicero, Olivia] so much lately, but it’s definitely his mother.
Who is his most reliable colleague? “I would say Chase. It’s his partner; he must trust her the most.
If he could get an overhaul for a decision he made, what would it be? “Don’t send Michael to jail. By far, now would be the time. It was obviously a huge mistake [to sleep with Valerie], but he and Lulu came back from it. It didn’t ruin their lives. What he did, thinking he was doing the right thing for Michael, changed his life. A major, major mistake.
Which character from Dante’s past would you most like to see return? “I think it would be interesting if Ronnie Dimestico ever came back. He was his closest confidant years ago, so it would be interesting to see where he’s at now… if he doesn’t die [laughs]. It ended very strangely with this character, and there are many things that Dante would like to say to him. I know I just said dead guy, but in my mind Lulu isn’t a possibility right now and I don’t see her as from her past – that’s very fresh. So maybe I’m interpreting the question differently, but of course I would like to see what would happen if Lulu ever came back. She is still there, in his mind. People might say, “Well then, how could he move on? But I think she would like him to move on. If she could say, “Don’t wait for me,” she would, as he had told her. He didn’t just jump into bed with someone; it was a big deal for him to move on. But I think he did it knowing she would want it for him.
Which Dante relationship would you like to see explored more on screen? “Dante and Sam, of course. And you could also put Dante/Kristina in there. It’s funny because I saw something on Twitter about the Dante/Kristina relationship with a bunch of pictures and I thought, “That’s really cool,” because you forget some of the times we have shared over the years. They were very close, and I remember those scenes where she was assaulted by this Kiefer guy. Those were really intense times. It would be cool to have more sibling stuff with her. But I also want more Sam and Dante on screen. And I think we are; I think we do that more now than maybe we did last year. I think there’s a lot out there, a lot to figure out.
Me vs. Him
Who is better in times of crisis, you or Dante? “Dante, of course. In fact, you know what? As I got older, I began to have a little more confidence in myself in times of crisis. I can handle myself just fine.
What quality do you possess is least like Dante? “I’m super disloyal. Joke! Hmm. It’s difficult because I try to put a lot of myself into him. I feel like Dante is much cooler than Dominic, but actually I think I’m cooler than him now! It didn’t start like that. »
Who has a better house, you or Dante? “Well, I haven’t seen Dante’s house in ages!” I think his kitchen is in Elizabeth’s house now. The last time I was in Elizabeth’s shoes, I thought to myself, “That’s very familiar. So, I don’t know if Dante still has a house, but the place we have right now is definitely much better than the house Dante and Lulu had. It’s awesome.
How would you do as a cop? “Actually, I think I’d be a pretty good cop. It’s a thing that frustrates us sometimes – there are times when PCPD really lets you down, you know? I think in real life I would catch a few more crumbs.
Would you wear Dante’s wardrobe? “Yeah! I actually like him more now than before, which is also a testament to the evolution of the character. He doesn’t wear casual clothes to work anymore, he dresses like a real detective should be dressed, and I think it’s a sign that he’s stepping up his game and dressing like the grown man he is.
Would you be as inclined as Dante to forgive someone for stabbing you? “Yes. Under these circumstances, yes. Not if they stabbed me on purpose, but if not, yes, especially if it was my girlfriend’s mother!”