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Simone Susinna wears Brioni Man About Town SS22

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Simone Susinna tells us about his love for fashion and how his years of modelling brought him directorial attention that has led to a new cinematic career.

"I grew up in Sicily and lived there until the age of 18, my father was an entrepreneur and my mother was a housewife. Growing up in the streets of Catania I loved to play football but I knew that there was no future in this, so I decided to heed the advice of a mentor and pursue my other interest, which was fashion, and move to Milan. Since then I haven’t looked back! I love modelling for how free it makes me feel, it’s a constant joy"

How do you feel when you’re in front of the camera?

"I love being in front of the camera, I love what I do so it never really feels like work."

What prompted your interest in acting? Was it something you always wanted to pursue growing up?

"I have to be honest, no, I didn’t see it in my future to be an actor. I've always been attracted to fashion but I'm very ambitious and I like challenges, so partly my ambition drew me to cinema. The thing that most appealed to me after my first experience on screen is that through acting, you get the chance to be who you are not, to enter the psychology of a character that is assigned to you. This ability to metamorphosis away from the experiences you know makes me want to grow more and more as an actor. Since my induction into cinema, I have started an intense acting course and will also be releasing two films later this year - here’s hoping they are not the last…"

Were there any actors you looked up to as a child?

"I love Brad Pitt's style and Daniel Craig's acting in Bond."

From modelling to acting, you’re putting yourself in front of the camera, but in a different way. How did that transition feel?

"Yes, they are two completely different things, and in fact, I have to be honest at first I found it a bit difficult. I have always been focused on my appearance with modelling, where as for cinema, you have to forget about the cameras and play more with emotions and expressions."

Simone Susinna wears Brioni on the cover of Man About Town’s SS22 issue.

Photography by Giampaolo Sgura  
Fashion by Edoardo Caniglia 
Words by Elinor Blair 
Grooming by Gabriele Trezzi at Blend Management using Label.M
Editorial Director Huw Gwyther
Art Director Jeffrey Thomson 
Fashion assistants Valentina Volpe, Elena Nocciolini   
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