With no training, Mario went on to audition for his first short film, and to his suprise he landed the lead role. Mario began professional training at the age of 17, leading him to various projects along the way. As part of our #MIAproject series – we interviewed Miami native, Mario Temes. Mario is known for his role in various short film projects, and most recently – his role in the USA Network show, Complications.
Being from Miami, FL – how have you seen the Film industry develop in your own experience in the recent years?
Sadly, I have seen the film industry in FL go on a downward spiral due to the state still on the search for a new tax incentive program. However, that doesn’t change the fact that there are such diverse, and very talented underground filmmakers and artist overall just waiting to be discovered.
What are some of your past projects?
Most recently I wrapped up on “Black Dragon” opposite of Matthew Del Negro (Scandal, Teen Wolf, Hot Pursuit), before that I wrapped “Last Wishes” directed by Herschel Weingrod (Space Jam, Twins, Trading Places) and my first TV role in “Complications” on the USA Network.
Can you tell us about your role of Javier in the USA Network show “Complications”?
I can’t get too into detail but Javier Menendez is a teenager who just so happened to end up on the wrong side of the tracks and in doing so became a part of the Latin gang the “Norteños Locos”. You can catch the episode titled “Relapse” On Demand or online on Complications’ official site.
Who do you look up to the most?
Definitely my mother. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be nowhere near where I am today if it wasn’t for my mother’s hard-work and persistence in giving my sister and I a better life than she had growing up in Cuba. She has put her heart and soul in devoting her time to better that of her children’s and for that I am eternally grateful. She’s definitely played a big part on making me the man I am today.
What are some of your favorite memories from being on set?
On “Last Wishes” there is a scene where I sneak into a house by climbing into a window and landing on the couch to secure my fall. Well, on about the third take, they purposely (for the sake of bloopers) removed the couch without telling me and due to it being so dark, I fell down when entering. I kept on with my scene as if nothing had happened but the director yelled cut when the whole cast/crew bursted out laughing. Definitely a memorable moment on set.
Favorite and least favorite thing about the entertainment industry?
Favorite, the beauty of being surrounded around such passionate people with more so the same goal in mind. Least, having to be away from family and friends for long periods of time.
How does being from Miami inspire you in your work?
There’s something about Miami that is very unique, and I can’t quite explain it. It’s one of those things you have to see for yourself to understand but thanks to having grown up in such a crazy city like Miami I’ve had a lot to pull from real life experiences that has served me well in being able to apply them to the characters I take on.
If you could be anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Basing my answer off of places I have traveled to, I would have to choose Los Angeles. My sister lives in LA and so I’ve been able to travel back and forth many times, and every single time I visit LA never fails to sweep my heart away due to it reminding me of home but with a much more beautiful scenery.
What are some of your future projects?
Third Dream Media.