ELISEU // 19Y // NYC
Santa Catarina, Brazil.
NY is made of steel. Are you?
Sometimes we have no other option.
How would you describe your body?
Tall and skinny. Other than that I think my body is a temple, an extension of my soul. So I try to take good care of it in order to have a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Given climate change, the Atlantic will rise. When will the first wave hit NY?
I don’t really believe in climate change, ice poles melting, global warming and other catastrophes blamed on us. Earth’s been here long before us and “natural disasters” always existed. That’s how our planet was created, no?! Just by the simple fact that we inhabit this planet, wake up every morning, pick an apple from a tree, swim in a lake and step on the grass at the park we are already causing an impact, in a small proportion, and interfering in that ecosystem. WE are nature. If our planet comes to a natural destruction one day, so be it. Natural catastrophes are natural. That’s how life works, the old dies to give space for the new to grow.
Who was your first love, how young were you?
My first love was a girl from pre-school. Her name was Ana Paula. She was the only reason why I wanted to go to school every day. We used to hold hands and play together during lunch breaks. I used to say she was my girlfriend. I was probably around 7 years old. I only have good memories of those days …
Ever crossed the Atlantic from Europe to NY (the sight of NY emerging in the distant blue)?
Yes! And the feeling is always the same. At any time of the night seeing all those lights from above makes me think: “This is really happening. I am here!" NY is an amazing city, it’s very intense. It’s either 8 or 80. One day you can be doing the most amazing thing of your life surrounded by the most amazing people and one hour later you can be stuck in traffic in Times Square. The city can give you the best and the worst. It’s so intense and tiring sometimes that I’m always planning an escape: Miami, Brazil, Europe. But it’s the one place that whenever I come back I call it home.
I find coffee at Ninth Street delicious. What’s your favorite coffee place in NY?
I’ll try it then. Well, I can’t really name one specific coffee shop as my favorite because each one is very particular. I’m always looking for new ones, since there are so many good cafes in the city. I just try not to repeat so I can get to know different ones every time and never go to big chains. I find some very good ones in Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan.
What sound would you associate NY with?
New Dorp. New York by SBTRKT. Just listen to it walking around the city and tell me what you think.
What sound would you associate yourself with?
“Soap” by Melanie Martinez. It’s a song that will always bring me a lot of good memories and nice feelings because it relates to my first job when I arrived in NY. Where I played her partner in the music video. Other than that my favorite kind of music is electronic and classical.
Where are you now and what time is it?
I am sitting on my sofa answering these questions. And right now it’s 9:53am.
Where are you going next?
After this I’m going to my agency, RED NY, and check what castings I have for today.
Are you in love?
I’m always in love.
What’s the last cocktail you drank, where?
The last cocktail I had was probably in Brazil where you can drink as of 18. But I’m a bigger fan of fermented drinks like wine and beer.
If NY was a person, would it be your mother, uncle, boy or girl friend, sister, brother, aunt?
If NY was a person it’d definitely be my mother. Very intense, someone who I always tried to escape from to fly with my own wings but was always happy to come back to and feel at home.
More binoculars are sold in NY compared to any other place on Earth. What can you see from your place and what was the most memorable sight you’ve enjoyed from your windows?
That’s an interesting fact and it makes sense. Haha. From my place I can see a lot of different apartments and backyards (I live in Brooklyn). I have my neighbors from downstairs who party a lot. Lol. There’s also a building under construction so I see a lot of people working on it everyday. And the best thing about my view is being able to see the Empire State changing its colors every night from my balcony.
NY’s foundations are archaic. Tubes are rusting. Steel is breaking. Do you feel the city is crumbling or is it constantly resurrecting? When was the last time you resurrected?
I agree that NYC is very archaic but I see it in constant resurrection. The sound of jackhammers and walking under “construction structures” is a constant. It seems like NY is 24h under construction. I believe I’m resurrecting every day. Each day we wake up we’re different. Even our cells renew.
What’s nasty about NY?
Rude people, subway tracks, rats, McDonalds are usually, and two days after it snows. That’s mostly it.
Where do you spend most of your time?
Around the city, walking around. Either going to the agency, castings, jobs, gym, etc.
Your favorite concert venue?
Is Brooklyn still Brooklyn?
I don’t know. I’ve been in Brooklyn for 1 year now and it’s been the same since I got here. I really like it, it’s a complete different atmosphere and lifestyle than Manhattan. But there are some places in BK that are very commercial, where everything looks the same and boring.
/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /
/ photo by MARK BENJAMIN /
/Eliseu at Red Model Management /