What it's like to go from male model to breakout Scream star: meet Amadeus Serafini

From male model to MTV: Amadeus Serafini in MTV's Scream TV series. Source: MTV

There's more to it than being really, really ridiculously good looking.

Few people expected the TV series adaptation of Wes Craven's seminal horror franchise Scream to be anything but lacklustre.  

Even fewer expected it to be what it was: exceptional.

Funny, meta, terrifying and expertly woven together the MTV show gave us a lot of jolts in 2015.

It also gave us one of the unexpected breakout stars of the year: Amadeus Serafini.

The former male model made his mainstream debut in the series and delivered more than just the standard mysterious hearthrob schtick in the role of Kieran Wilcox.

And it's easy to see why: having studied acting professionally for seven years with Hollywood acting coach Eric Morris - tutor to the likes of Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp - Serafini approaches the part with an almost academic seriousness.

Ironic, really, considering being a thespian was never his intial game plan.

"It wasn't a dream, it was none of the above: it was just an interest that I followed," he says over the phone from his base in LA.

"I didn't start until after highschool where I studied it with college classes and courses, then I transitioned into a professional acting coach which is where I decided I wanted to do it professionally.

"I was working odd jobs at a resturant and as a bouncer at a club in Hollywood, which is where I got scouted by my manager.

"I had no idea I'd be one of those 'discovery stories' but she sent me on three auditions and one of them was Scream.

"Everything has grown exponentially from there."

Besides a small short film, Scream was his first professional acting job and one that the twenty-something soon learned came with a legacy of its very own.

Having only seen the 1996 original film and none of the three following movies in the hit horror franchise, he was soon marathoning them back-to-back with the cast and crew to get prepared for the part.

"I've had people come up to me who I wouldn't have expected to like the show - people not just well into their twenties, but thirties and forties - and part of it I think is the culture of sequels and remakes," he says.

"We have to see each generation's version.

"There is this sacred mythology around originality and leaving originals alone, but I do think when you change not just the cast but the characters and the location it's a completely different thing to work with."

A big part of preserving the legacy of what has come before with the Scream TV series was having the forefathers running the show: namely Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Williamson and the late Wes Craven.

With the original series screenwriter Williamson involved in the co-writing of specific episodes, Hollywood heavyweights the Weinstein brothers overseeing production and Craven serving as an executive producer the series has been able to maintain the essence of the films despite a fresh setting and its own massacre mythology.

"Its scary: Bob Weinstein told me that if I was nice to him he'd keep me alive."

Serafini says Craven - who was one of the most iconic filmmakers of the horror genre - passed away from brain cancer in August before having a chance to see the first season finale.

"It was a major loss to the franchise and film industry as a whole.

"It would have been nice for him to see it blossom to its full seasonhood, if you will."

Yet his memory lives on with the series, which has been greenlit for a second season and begins shooting in earnest in January through to April.

Although Serafini is grateful to be back for the sophmore effort, he knows nothing is guaranteed with the Scream TV series being particualry brutal of its main cast with five central characters and countless supporting roles offed in the first season.

"Its scary: Bob Weinstein told me that if I was nice to him he'd keep me alive," he laughs. 

"They really withheld all the information from the cast in terms of who the killers were for season one - it was very much a The Usual Suspects situation.

"It's going to be like that for season two, I know it."

The first season of Scream is currently streaming on Netflix.

 

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