Bunker Hill Community College Cheers Actor Giancarlo Esposito
Monday, October 20, 2014
Television, film and stage actor Giancarlo Esposito launched Bunker Hill Community College’s annual Compelling Conversations speaker series on October 16, delivering a dynamic, comprehensive and interactive talk to an enthusiastic audience. Before his talk, Esposito enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students and interacted with students at two Learning Community Seminars, “Telling our Stories” and “Do the Right Thing.” After he spoke, he answered questions from students in the audience, and signed autographs in the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery.
Esposito discussed the challenges his bi-racial Italian and African-American heritage presented as an actor, his choice to stop playing “hoods and crooks” at a certain point in his career, and his firm belief in the practice of positive thinking. He exhorted students to “figure out what you have to offer, give, and share.”
The actor said he transcended racial stereotyping in his profession by “changing my thinking, dedicating myself to the material, and ‘acting as if.’” When he faced disappointment, he turned to poetry and jazz to lift his spirits. He told the audience he was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and received his degree in television and radio from Elizabeth Seton College in New York.
Esposito is known for his current portrayal of Tom Neville on NBC’s Revolution, and from his iconic role as Gustavo “Gus” Fring in AMC’s series Breaking Bad, for which he earned a Critics Choice Award and an Emmy nomination. He has acted in more than 60 films, including Do the Right Thing, Ali and The Usual Suspects. Esposito is a board member of Creative Coalition, an arts and advocacy group that champions the First Amendment.
For a decade, Compelling Conversations has brought high profile speakers to Bunker Hill Community College to discuss their professional experience and provide inspiration for students ‑- from actor Danny Glover to boxer Laila Ali, filmmaker Ken Burns, and former chair of the Civil Rights Commission Mary Frances Berry. Learn more about BHCC Compelling Conversations Series at bhcc.mass.edu/cc.
About Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.