Tristan David Luciotti is a native of Atlanta, GA and an actor, director, producer and writer currently residing in the Pacific Northwest.
Tristan has enjoyed compelling roles in feature films and shorts, including: The Fear of the Bottom, Runaway Highway, Slapped! The Movie, SHOJOE, In the Dark of Night, Kung Fu Sleepwalker, The Alchemist Coterie and The Viewer. He also has appeared in several commercials, industrials, voice overs and was featured in a couple of TV shows.
You might even recognize him from one of his commercial spots as the weather and traffic app guy on KGW 8 Portland.
Tristan's first big step into the Portland spotlight came the summer of 2015 when he took Twilight Theater Company's stage by storm as the lead, Henry Thompson, in Looking for Olivia by local playwright Steve Coker. He then appeared in several stage musical cabarets and was the Assistant Director of The Heidi Chronicles.
To top it all off, Tristan is also a filmmaker and currently in production with his full feature documentary, All Around Us and his recently finished short film Stella & Rocky was already a finalist at the Hollywood Screening Film Festival. He is also the Founder/Creative Director of Vision8Studio.
Tristan is very excited to be the director, writer, executive producer and lead actor, Corey Caruso, in the 2017 episodic web series Adventures in #Adulting. "It's amazing seeing your dreams become a reality."
1. In what ways are you and the character Corey similar?
Corey reminds me a lot of myself, but my younger self. Thankfully, I've matured a bit more than the level Corey is at in Season One. We both share a sense of humor and quick-wit, but Corey sometimes doesn't know when to stop. Inside, Corey has a big heart and I definitely do too. We both care about our family/friends even if they annoy us at times. We also share a love of the 90s and music. Corey represents how I think many people secretly wish they could be at times. I mean, who really wants to do house chores and go to a 9-5 job? Corey is trapped in the tug-of-war battle of not wanting to grow up and being an official adult. I totally get it because there are many days I'd like to zap myself back to a time when your only worry was not passing a chemistry test or who to ask to prom.
2. Which episode of Adventures in #Adulting do you feel will appeal the most to audiences?
I feel like there are key episodes that will resonate with people. Every time we film, I think, THIS is the episode people will flip out over! Now, looking back (since we're in the home stretch of filming), I'd have to say Episode 8 "Scream" without a doubt. There are some characters in that episode that will steal the show and scenes that I will be shocked if they don't go viral.
3. What is your favorite 90's movie?
That is such a difficult question to answer! I'm a huge film buff, but when I think of the 90s, there are 4 films that really hooked me in: Empire Records, Reality Bites, The Matrix and The Game. They are the ones that I loved when I saw them and still love to this day. Though, I admit, I think Clueless was pretty epic. My secret is now out. Oh, oh! And one day I want to do the "Time After Time" dance from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. I also loved The Birdcage. That was really good too. R.I.P. Robin Williams. See?...I could go on and on and on.
4. Which full album from the 90's would be the first you'd add to a playlist?
I'd have to say it's a tie between Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and August and Everything After by Counting Crows. They are the perfect albums and I played them nonstop in High School. Even now, I can listen to the full album, close my eyes, and drift away.
5. Does the love triangle with Corey make a come back in Season Two?
I'm not giving any teasers away, but I'll just say that Corey is truly invested in his relationship with Annie and doesn't want to mimic his previous mistakes. Season Two will have a love triangle or two, but it may not include Corey, or it may. You'll have to find out! :)
6. What brought you to Portland, Oregon?
I moved to Portland in December of 2013 from Atlanta, GA. I was ready for a change and the next chapter of my life. I also moved here to be closer to the girl I dreamed of being with since around 2002. Now, we're engaged! I think our full story would actually be an incredible feature film. Though, I'm possibly biased, and have enough on my plate these days.
7. In Portland, name your favorite place to grab some grub?
I'm a total foodie and I'd have to say that my favorite places to eat are Swagat (Indian), Shandong (Chinese) and Nicolas (Lebanese). The brunch at Salty's is also a dream come true.
8. Who is the one actor/actress you'd love to work with?
Tom Hanks, hands down. I'd just love to shake his hand one day and thank him for being such an inspiration to me as an actor. Prior to Tom Hanks, it was the late Robin Williams. Let's just say that his death made me invest in Kleenex.
9. Which of the 7 deadly sins are you most guilty of?
Like I said, I'm a total foodie, so I'd have to say gluttony. I grew up in an Italian/French family so everything in life was celebrated or solved with delicious food. A close second, if I'm honest, would be greed, but not in a "Scrooge" way because I sincerely love giving to people - in all aspects - from material gifts to warm embraces of compassion. This type of greed is more in the enjoyment of wealth and success. I think BIG.
10. Which actor/actress would you love to cast in Adventures in #Adulting?
First off, I've had the cast and crew of what dreams are made of! It's been an incredible ride. For Season Two...I do have my eyes set on a few celebs from the 90s that I'd like to pull in for some cameos and guest starring roles. My intuition tells me that once they see what we've created, they just may be interested to join in with the fun. Okay, fine. I'll name some names: Rachael Leigh Cook, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob), Joey Lauren Adams, Steve Buscemi and Ethan Embry...these are only a few that come immediately to mind.
As for the series, while it's been a lot of very, very hard work...it's been the most fun I've ever had on any set before. I can't wait to share this with the world!
Photo credit Garry Bastian Photography