DISCLAIMER: THIS INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED PRIOR TO JULY 13TH BEFORE THE ACTORS WENT ON SAG-AFTRA STRIKE
City on Fire was a series that began on May 12th, consisting of eight episodes on Apple TV+. Based on a book series, the show was on everyone’s radar since its first announcement regarding its cast members and the book’s adaptation. To those who want to know more about the show, we have some exciting news for you! We have an exclusive interview with Alexander Pineiro, who starred as Sol from City on Fire!
We cannot wait to talk to him as he talks about his time in New York City, his experience in City on Fire, and more, brought to you by Young Entertainment Exclusive! Because the series has already been released, if you are planning on reading this interview and have not watched the series, this article will actively avoid any spoilers regarding the series. For those planning to watch before reading this article, we highly recommend watching it first.
As mentioned, this crime drama series aired on May 12th, eventually releasing eight episodes throughout June. Created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the series aired on Apple TV+ and was produced through Fake Empire Productions. The cast members of this show were actors and actresses such as Wyatt Oleff, Chase Sui Wonders, Jemima Kirke, and our interviewee, Alexander Pineiro. While the novel’s story is different, the general direction of the story remains the same. The series follows the death of Samantha Yeung and her shooting in July 2003. The investigation following the shooting spirals into how Samantha’s death becomes a crucial connection between the mysterious fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy real-estate family crumbling down from all the secrets they hid.
For those who know the novel first, here is a brief refresher. In 2015, an original novelized version titled City on Fire was written by Garth Risk Hallberg and published through Alfred A. Knopf. The contents are a little different, however, as it instead follows an investigation of a shooting that took place on New Year’s Eve. Also, instead of taking place in the 2000s, the book takes place in the 1970s. The book became a New York Times Notable Book and was considered to be one of the Best Books of the Year by notable media sources such as San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.
Here is some information on Alexander Pineiro! An American actor and Director born in New York City, Alexander was raised by artists and was the first to build a career in the performing arts in his family. His versatility and dedication to his craft have earned him much attention, and everyone is excited about what will be in store for him. Those who recognize him might recognize him from projects such as Street Justice: The Bronx as Roger Cortes, Law & Order: Special Victims Unity as Ossiel Murillo, and Dr. Death as Martinez.
We first ask Alexander what his experience was like in City on Fire. Alexander answered that he was in awe of the creative talent in the series and the passionate filmmakers involved with the project. Alexander mentioned that he felt like he was “being called out to the ‘big leagues'” and had tons of fun, and talked about how he made some new friends along the way.
We also asked Alexander how it felt to film City on Fire, where the series’ setting takes place in the city he grew up in. Alexander answered that it was surreal for him. He continued that it was strange to see flip-phones, old cars, and bad haircuts again, but mentioned that while growing up as a teenager in the streets, as an adult, he felt it was a completely different experience for him. Alexander went on to mention that he had a newfound appreciation for what was there in the early-2000s. If you want to know more about Reagan’s experiences with the series, watch the entire video for the full interview!
Thank you, Alexander, for spending some time with us! You can follow him on his Instagram at @apsuave (https://www.instagram.com/
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