Rodrigo Santoro was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, the son of Maria José Junqueira dos Reis, an artist, and Francesco Santoro, an engineer. His father is Italian. In 1993, as Santoro was studying Journalism at PUC-Rio, he entered the Actor’s Workshop of Rede Globo. Santoro went on to play parts in many of Globo’s soap operas, such as Olho no Olho (Watch the Eye, 1993), Pátria Minha (Homeland of Mine, 1994), Explode Coração (Explode Your Heart, 1995), O Amor Está no Ar (Love Is in The Air, 1997), Suave Veneno (Sweet Poison, 1999) and Mulheres Apaixonadas (Women in Love, 2003), as well as the miniseries Hilda Furacão (1998), in the role of a priest. Santoro was also the voice actor of the titular character in Stuart Little and its sequel in the Brazilian dubbed copies.
His first major role in a cinema production would come in 2001, with Bicho de Sete Cabeças (Brainstorm) by Brazilian director Laís Bodansky. By the end of the film, he received a standing ovation from the audience… read more