Italian Modernity in Television

By Tommaso DiBlasi 09/19/2017

Teresa Razzauti believes there is much more to Italy than the mafia and pasta.

By WEBN-TV

Razzauti is the location casting director of Aziz Ansari’s “Master Of None.” She and Cody Beke have been nominated in the Emmy category Outstanding Casting for a comedy series.

The first time nominee spoke to WEBN about the Netflix comedy series, and the importance of avoiding Italian stereotypes.

Razzauti said, “for the very first time I wasn’t going to do a stereotype Italian actor…..there was a nonna, but she had to be a nonna,” meaning that the grandmother in the show had to be a three-dimensional human being.

She was determined that the Italians in the show weren’t going to be singing in the kitchen, or overweight just to fulfill a hackneyed idea because “Italy is a world.”

Razzauti wants others in the entertainment world to “take a modern approach” when casting people of and from the European region.

She highlighted how “fantastic” it was working with Ansari and Beke, saying that “I could really do what I wanted.”

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