“Transformers” Producer Tom DeSanto Sits Down With Actor Pedro Correa

SPRING IS HERE. As California’s signature balmy weather settles over Palm Springs, Pedro Correa takes us on a journey chronicling the many, many ways to spend all the days of spring in style

 

Jacket by American Apparel

With the photo shoot wrapped up, writer and producer Tom DeSanto (known for, among others, the “X-Men” and “Transformers” movie series) sits down for a chat with the young actor.

Tom DeSanto: So, Pedro, you’re a kid who traveled the globe and ended up in lovely Los Angeles chasing your dream. How do you go from being a kid born from parents from two different parts of the planet, to being all the way out here in Los Angeles?
Pedro Correa: Well, I constantly bounced back and forth from Perú with my dad and Seattle with my mom until I was about 13. Just before high school, my mom called me up one day and was like, “Hey do you want to move to the Middle-East?” and I was like, “No.” And she was like, “Well, too bad!” We flew to Qatar shortly thereafter, and I lived there for two years. Serious geographic ADD.

Tom DeSanto: That had to be a little bit of a culture shock. 
Pedro Correa: Censorship. The biggest shock to me was censorship. I remember my high school director forcing me to delete films I had produced, because freedom of speech wasn’t so free in Qatar. I created a short film poking fun at Qatari law and posted it online. It had tens of thousands of eyes on it overnight … not to mention a slew of death threats written in Arabic.

Tom DeSanto: And how did that all resolve itself? Did it just take time?
Pedro Correa: Not so much. It escalated to where I had people starting fistfights with me not only because of my films, but because I was American. The director of my school came to our house and told my mom that I was in danger. I was on a plane to South America six hours later.

Jacket and sandals by Adidas, shorts by Nike

Sweater by Saint Laurent, jacket by Supreme

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