Tapping Into Your Inner Baddie: An Interview with Mayans M.C.’s Gino Vento

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Mayans MC is an amazing hit for FX and some could argue it’s all because of Gino Vento’s standout performance as Nestor Oceteva, the Galindo Cartel’s Head of Security. He is the primary support security man for Miguel and was introduced in the series’ first season.

Gino Vento came to acting rather interestingly as the former frontman for the Miami hardcore metal band Thick as Blood. He got a break between tours, appearing in USA’s comedic crime-solving series Burn Notice with Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell. That sparked a huge fire for Vento, who took the chance, fell in love with the work, and pursued it first to NYC then Los Angeles.

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It was his role as Rafi on Netflix’s Bloodline that really caught attention and he was cast in The Deuce, The Last O.G., The Gifted, Person of Interest, and The Blacklist. Mayans M.C. is now his most talked about role.

Since Season 2 of Mayans MC’s airing, the show has continued to captivate fans with Nestor Oceteva’s story.

The Koalition spoke with Vento to learn more about the man behind the yellow frames and French braids, the psychology of Oceteva and more.

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