Frequent Flyer – Frederico Amaral

THE PORTUGUESE ACTOR FREDERICO AMARAL KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT BEING AZOREAN MEANS. HE SAYS THAT HE FEELS “BLESSED AT HAVING BEEN BORN IN ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD”. AND FOR GOOD REASONS.

Name: Frederico Amaral

Place of birth: July 14, 1985, Ponta Delgada – Island of São Miguel, Azores.

Job: Actor.

Key artistic contributions: Uma Família Açoriana [An Azorian Family] (2013); O Livreiro de Santiago [The Santiago Bookstore] (2015); Un Figlio di Nome Erasmus [A Child named Erasmus] (2019); L’Enfant [The Child] (2021)

The actor’s life began on July 14, 1985, when he was born in Ponta Delgada, Azores. Later, he moved to the mainland, and fate happened to take him to the city of Porto, where he did a Course in Interpretation at Porto’s Academia Contemporânea do Espetáculo [Academy of Contemporary Cinema]. After some passages

through the Teatro do Bolhão [Bolhão Theatre], he turned professional at the age of 21, in 2005. It happened to be the work “1755 – O Grande Terramoto” [The Major Earthquake], marking

250 years since the earthquake, which took him to Lisbon. Since then, he has built a constant, solid career in which, in addition to scenes, he has been the subject of passages in publicity, telenovelas, and cinema. The Portuguese can now see him in the telenovela “Festa é Festa” [Partying is Partying], on TVI, but foreigners perhaps may see him hold his “festa” [party] with his family on the many islands of the archipelago where he was born, and to which he always returns. Frederico Amaral spoke to Azorean Spirit and gave us an insight into what it means to be from the Azores.

To you, what do the Azores mean?

The Azores remind me of my roots, my family. I feel blessed at having been born in one of the most beautiful places in the world. And returning home means everything to me. Memories and endless love.

When is the best time to visit the Azores?

You can visit the Azores at any time of year. Come rain or shine, as they say.

Is there a time of year when you MUST be in the Azores?

Early spring to late summer. Seeing the hortensias in bloom and watching as the countryside comes to life is something fascinating because it is in summer, as if there were 4 seasons in a single day, that you can enjoy the very best that the islands have to offer.

What do you carry in your luggage when you travel to the Azores, and what do you bring back?

I tend to travel there with little and return heavily laden with my mother’s food and some of the region’s best produce.

What recommendations would you give friends who fancy a trip to the archipelago?

I would recommend visiting all the islands. They are an archipelago, but each island

has its own unique ‘identity’. I would recommend visiting all the touristy places or just stopping for an adventure, exploring the islands without a map in your hand. Beauty abounds. An experience of a lifetime.

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