Vinicius Machado came back home to South Florida last week — on Starz’s dime (nice!) — to celebrate his role in the network’s new 50 Cent-produced original series, Power, premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The gritty, bilingual show follows a NYC nightclub owner ( Omari Hardwick) who is trying to escape his life as a drug dealer and go legit. Machado plays Nomar Arcielo, a gang member doing double duty for the feds.
Born in Rio, Machado relocated to Hialeah when he was 14, and was sent to Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, returning to South Florida on the weekends to be with his family. (Dad was in tourism.) We talked to the actor, who is married to fellow actress/Miamian Luz Marabel; they have three kids.
Can you explain your character on “Power?”
Nomar becomes the key to all stories, essentially. He is blackmailed by the FBI and is coerced to becoming their CI (counter intelligence). As this develops, he ends up closer to his boss and in a more critical predicament regarding his relationship with his underage daughter. Nomar goes from being on the inside circle to an outcast, then trying to make his way back, and from having the upper hand on the streets to being a guinea pig, running errands for the FBI.
Where are your favorite places to hang out when you’re in Miami?
Where else can I get good, authentic Cuban food than in Hialeah!? Miami Beach is good too because it’s a little less touristy than SoBe, which is still an action spot.
What other projects do you have going on?
A lot. I just completed principal photography on my latest short By Chance, and we are hoping it will make the festival circuit. I just was added to the cast of [1920s jazz movie] Swaggy with Dominique Swain.
What was it like working with 50 Cent?
Inspiring. I love him, and I love his story. He is such an encouraging person. Always has positive and inspiring things to say. I am in awe of his humility.