Actor, screenwriter, producer and director (Brest, France, 6.20.1979)
Aurélien Gaya was born on June 20, 1979 in Brest, France from his African father (Togo, West Africa) and his French mother (Brittany, France). Aurélien is the second of five children in the family. He grew up in a small town called Le Relecq-Kerhuon. In his teen years, his parents divorced and his mother raised Aurélien and his siblings on her own. As a turbulent teenager, he quit high school and traveled around France working various jobs. His many jobs ranged from a cook to a waiter to a builder. After a year of traveling and working, he stopped in Nantes, France to complete high school. After completing high school, Aurélien was accepted into the University of Nantes as a Literature major. During his time at the University, he attended an open audition for a short film and booked a part in the film. The acting bug bit him hard, and he started thinking of seriously pursuing it as a lifelong career. After studying at the University, Aurélien moved to Paris, France to continue his acting training and pursue acting as a career. He began his training at the Actors Studio Paris under the artistic direction of Joël Bui, at the Cie TMMT with Eduardo Galhos, and several other acting workshops in both France and London. After a few years of training and working in short films, a television pilot, commercials, theater, modeling, and even as an on-set crew member, Aurélien got his first big break in the Shakespearean-inspired Italian feature film, Iago by Volfango De Biasi to play the role of Othello (2009), with Mamadou Dioume as his father. Next, he starred in the Italian independent film Henry, directed by Alessandro Piva, awarded with Public Award at 2010 Torino Film Festival.
In 2012 he wrote, directed, produced and acted in a short called You Hurt I Hurt.
Currently, Aurélien lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Iago (Volfango De Biasi, 2009, ff, act), Henry (Alessandro Piva, 2011, ff, act)
Frame taken from:
Iago. Dir. Volfango De Biasi. Medusa Film, Ideacinema S.r.l., Cattleya, Sky, 2009.
Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi, with Isabella Fabrizi and Daria Picardi
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