MAGIC HOUR. From professional modeling to the silver screen, the multitalented artist Daniel Di Tomasso is one that you should keep an eye on
Sweater by Inis Crafts
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: A strapping young man begins his career as a model for a renowned modeling agency, booking jobs in some of the biggest cities in the world, all while trying to figure out a way to make it in Hollywood. He finally gets his big break when he’s cast in a much-beloved TV show, and that’s when his dream of becoming an actor finally comes true.
Daniel Di Tomasso is that strapping young man. In his case, “a renowned modeling agency” is Ford Models, and “a much-beloved TV show” is “Witches of East End,” where he played Killian Gardiner, one of the male leads.
In 2014, “Witches” ended its run after only two seasons. While it’s undoubtedly a major disappointment for the fans of the show, the cancelation also brings new opportunities for Daniel. Where he’s heading now, only Daniel knows; anywhere is fair game for the travel buff.
DA MAN: Hi, Daniel! What are you up to these days?
Daniel Di Tomasso: I’ve been traveling quite a bit with work. Finally had a chance to catch my breath over the weekend in Joshua Tree with a couple friends for some camping. Almost froze to death, but it was just what the doctor ordered. [Laughs]
DA MAN: Since “Witches of East End” was canceled, there’s been talk of a possible renewal and even a movie. Anything you can tell us about this?
Daniel Di Tomasso: There has been a strong online movement to get the show back on air. Fans of the show are some of the most passionate around. I wish I had information about a renewal, but your guess is as good as mine. One thing is for sure, the cast still get together on the regular basis.
DA MAN: The characters in “Witches” have the ability to be reincarnated. If you were to die and come back, what would you prefer to become?
Daniel Di Tomasso: I think I’d like to come back as a bird of prey. I just think it would be the most amazing sensation of freedom. Either that, or one of Oprah’s dogs. I feel like her dogs have a pretty good life.
DA MAN: Your character Killian Gardiner is described as “mysterious, gorgeous and dangerously sexy.” Which one of those three characteristics suits you the most?
Daniel Di Tomasso: I always laugh to myself when I read those character descriptions. I mean, wow: gorgeous and dangerously sexy. I think I am mysteriously miscast for that stuff.
DA MAN: What would you say is your most obvious characteristic?
Daniel Di Tomasso: Physically speaking? Maybe my nose. Everyone in my family has the same nose. There’s no mistaking it. Nonphysically? I’ve been told by more than one person that I’m a pretty optimistic person. Does that count?
“I think I’d like to come back as … one of Oprah’s dogs”
DA MAN: Was there one defining moment in your life that spurred you to pursue acting?
Daniel Di Tomasso: I remember in my eighth-grade English class, the theater arts department came in and performed a scene from Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” I was totally enthralled by the performance. I couldn’t believe that was a class I could sign up and get academic credit for. It just looked so fun. In that moment I knew I was going to study theater.
DA MAN: When you first got into acting, what surprised you the most about the industry?
Daniel Di Tomasso: My first big gig was “Witches of East End,” and I suppose I was surprised by just how welcoming and wonderful the cast was. Everyone had a lot more experience than me, and I really didn’t know what to expect on set. I was instantly made to feel welcome and supported. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
DA MAN: If you had to pick one place of all the ones you’ve visited, where would you like to live?
Daniel Di Tomasso: Man, I’ve been to some pretty great places. Cambodia comes to mind as one of my favorites. If I had to choose a place to live though, I’d probably want to live in Paris again. No other city inspires me the way Paris does. My wife and I think about moving back there all the time.
DA MAN: You and Kei Moreno seem to be a really solid team; not only as model and photographer but also as husband and wife. Would you mind giving us a glimpse into your life as a married couple?
Daniel Di Tomasso: Kei and I met in Milan about nine years ago. I kept running into her around the city and after asking her out half a dozen times, she finally agreed to meet me for gelato (apparently Italian gelato really is the best way into a woman’s heart). About a month later we moved to Paris together. I’m a very lucky man. I think we make a great team. We both love art and have chosen to pursue careers in art. It can be both a gratifying and frustrating process. It is nice to share the experience together.
DA MAN: What are your plans for 2016, career-wise and personally?
Daniel Di Tomasso: I’m excited for 2016. I have a couple of irons in the fire at the moment. Myself, and a couple of producer friends have a project we’d like to get off the ground in the coming year. I’m excited for an education in production and looking forward to the challenge. On the personal front, Kei and I want to go back to Southeast Asia. We travel quite a bit for work but don’t always have the chance to go together. We’re going to try and make it a point this year to take some time for ourselves and explore a part of the world we haven’t spent much time in.
Shirt by Beautiful Fül
Text M. Berlian
Photography Mitchell Nguyen McCormack
Styling Lauren LaRocca
Grooming Rachael Vang using Tarte Cosmetics, Mac Cosmetics, Serious Skin Care and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Styling Assistant Kirsti Shroder
Agency Daniel Di Tomasso/Ford Models