L'Officiel Arabia: This shoot with L'Officiel Hommes is a tribute to Sean Connery - how does it feel to be able to pay a tribute to the legend?
Michele Morrone: I feel honored to pay tribute to this legend, he has left an unforgettable footprint in the cinema industry and I look up to him. I am also honored to be doing it with L’Officiel Arabia.
LOA: Which was the first Sean Connery movie you saw and what impression it left on you?
MM: 007 Of course, I remember watching the fight scenes and copying them when I was younger. But that movie and that legend gave me the power to follow my dreams.
LOA: 365 days has been a huge hit worldwide, how did you bag the role of Massimo Torcelli?
MM: I was a Gardner a year ago, it’s crazy how your life can change overnight, but I won’t call it luck because acting was my passion since I was a child and I always worked towards accomplishing that dream. The producer of 365 days chose me to play the role without casting me, I refused in the beginning but then decided to take that leap of faith and I am glad I did because that train ride changed my life.
LOA: Tell us more about AurumRoma?
MM: AurumRoma is a swimwear brand. It’s a fusion between the Roman history and the perfection of quality. I wanted to create a brand that made women feel beautiful and comfortable. It’s also what Michele Morrone thinks would look good on a woman.
LOA: How has the current pandemic affected you?
MM: This pandemic was a blessing from the skies because it taught me so much about life, about myself and about my priorities. I had enough time on my own to release all my creativity juices.
LOA: You are a social media sensation - tell us about your social media journey so far?
MM: After the movie was released on Netflix, I went to sleep that night with 45k followers. When I woke up the next day, my Instagram crashed and I found out that I have 2.1 million followers overnight. I am humbled and blessed to have so many people that love me, support me and believe in me on my Instagram.
LOA: Have you been to the UAE before or is this your first time? How has been your experience in the UAE?
MM: This is my fourth visit I love the UAE. It is safe, beautiful, kind and visionary. The reason I come to Dubai a lot is because I own three companies here and my business partners are based in Dubai. Most of my visits here are work related.
LOA: What next for Michele Morrone?
MM: I am full of surprises. But right now I am working on my new album, preparing for my next movie, growing my tech company “Halahi” and preparing to release my new perfume. I hope I did not forget anything (laughs).
LOCATION Habtoor Palace LXR
Talent Michele Morrone
Styled By MA Consultancy
Assistant Stylist Martina Pierrucci
Director Samir Aboukhadija