‘365 Days’ Star Michele Morrone Prefers Choreographing Her Own Sex Scenes: ‘I Want To Be Real In Everything I Do’

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The phrase “international sex symbol” has been applied to many stars over the years, but it doesn’t suit anyone like The next 365 daysMichele Morrone’s main man. The 31-year-old Italian actor and musician caused an overnight sensation when the first 365 days The film premiered on Netflix in June 2020. A world that was physically separated from each other due to the pandemic came together to watch Morrone’s Massimo Torricelli seduce Anna’s Laura over and over and over again- Maria Sieklucka. Today, Massimo and Laura’s journey comes to an end with the third part of the 365 trilogy: The next 365 days.

by Netflix 365 days (or 365 days) is based on the best-selling romance novel of the same name by Polish writer Blanka Lipińska. The first film followed Laura, a bored Polish woman, who is kidnapped by handsome gangster Massimo while on vacation in Italy. Massimo is obsessed with Laura from afar and is convinced that she will love her too. He gives her 365 days to fall in love with him, and somehow she does. The two have intense sex scenes, fiery fights and end up getting married 365 days: this day. However, Massimo and Laura’s happiness is nearly undone by Massimo’s twin brother, Adriano (also played by Marrone).

Decider recently visited Morrone at his midtown Manhattan hotel and discovered that the barefoot, casually dressed idol was completely different from the suited and stoic Massimo. Morrone spent the interview lying on a sofa, happy to discuss everything from those steamy sex scenes to the aftermath for him. (He’s working on “some really great projects” with Netflix, so this partnership will last, and an album is coming out in October.) Marrone revealed with the Torricelli twin he relates to the most, who inspired his new song “Angels,” and what a weirdo he stole from a real recovering sex addict for his character Massimo…

Michele Morrone in The Next 365 Days
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DECISION MAKER: The next 365 days is the third part of a trilogy. So is this the end for the characters? How do you feel about that? And would you be open to more?

MICHELE MORONONE: I mean, who knows if this is the end? [Laughs] But I feel very good inside because I did something good with my life. This trilogy changed my life. I feel good. A little sad because it’s the end… or not? I do not know. But at the same time, I have the impression that a circle is closing.

Netflix released the first four minutes of The next 365 days, so I know Adriano is dead. How do you feel about that? Because I can imagine it was really fun playing an evil twin.

It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on set. Playing two characters in the same movie, completely different personalities, was so funny and interesting. In fact, I’m very sad that he died. Because I wanted to play him more because he gave me so much more than Massimo. It was amazing to play him. Just amazing.

Is there a twin you personally identify with more?

Uh, Adriano, probably. [Laughs.]

Oh good? Why is that?

Because he’s more… He’s got a crazy mind, a huge personality. Like Massimo [does]but i feel more connected [to Adriano]. It’s incredible to say because people see me as Massimo, but it was great to discover someone like Adriano.

365 Days Cast / 365 Days - Michele Morrone as Massimo
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Moving on to Massimo, he obviously changed over the course of these movies. What was your favorite part of his career as an actor? Was there a time when you really felt he was blossoming?

I remember when I received the first script from 365, I started to work on his personality. And actually, there were a lot of things that didn’t fit the script that I built. And Blanka [Lipińska] was very happy with it. For example, we all know that Massimo has intimacy issues. So when he gets angry, he wants to vent his anger through sex and stuff, you know? It was very, very interesting to me.

I remember I went to a rehab, early in my research – like there was this building for alcohol, drug and sex rehab – and I came across this guy who was doing sex addiction detox. He had some problems with sex. And it was very interesting to steal some ideas from him while I was talking to him. For example, when Massimo looks at you like that — [Morrone puts on Massimo’s intense stare] – it’s not just that he looks at you like that. When I was talking to this real guy and he was having these real issues, I was trying to steal something from him. And during the whole conversation, between him and me, he looked at me like that. And I thought it was good to do that. To put that part in the character of Massimo.

I read that you had an intimacy coordinator for the second movie. Did you have one for the first one, and how important is it to have it on set?

I think it’s important to have intimate coordination. I didn’t really need it because when I’m building a character…when I’m working, when I’m acting, not just when I’m talking but even when I’m acting intimate scenes, I like to do it within myself. But like I said, it’s really important to have intimacy coordinators on set.

With these scenes, how are they scripted? How are the choreographies? How much is improvised? I’m curious when you get the scripts, do you have shot by shot breakdowns or do you play on set?

At first there was a choreographer, but it didn’t really work because everything was really mechanical. When I do something mechanical, I don’t like my acting. I want to be true in everything I do. So I did it on my own with the help of my co-star. In fact, we found a way to be real as much as we could.

Laura and Massimo get sexy in The Next 365 Days
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Kind of at this point, I think the first time I heard about the show was when people were talking about “the boat scene”. Did you know that while you were working on the first movie, it was going to be so seismic all over the world? Literally, Google search was inundated with “boat scene” queries.

The boat scene [chuckles]…yeah, I heard about it. I heard about it.

Were you surprised by how the world reacted to that?

Can I tell you something? I a m surprised to be honest. Because in my life I’ve seen a lot of movies with sex scenes and I’ve never been shocked. But I think it depends on your culture. So if I’m in an open culture, it doesn’t shock me. If I’m in a closed culture, it shocks me. It depends on how people view the sex scenes.

So what is it about Massimo and Laura’s relationship that you think fans love so much?

Their incredible love. It’s incredibly hard to find true love these days because every day we’re bombarded by social media, that weird app, to find ourselves. And they found themselves without an application. They found themselves without social networks. Their love exploded in such a deep way that it is very hard to find these days. If you think of the poets of the 1890s, they were writing about love and it was profound. Before, they felt much more love than now. Now everything is much more mechanical and I think the power of 365 is to bring back an old love.

I know you have a new single in The next 365 days called “Angels”. And you had music in each of the films. How did this come together? That your musical career and your acting career could have intertwined?

I have always played the guitar. I’ve always written songs in my life, but I never thought I could do it for work. I was an actor. I focused on acting. But when I was on set of the first movie, I was talking with the director and he was asking me what I like to do besides acting. And I was like, “I like to write songs.” And he said, “Okay, let me listen to some of them.” And I let him listen to “Dark Room” and he fell in love and he was like, “Why don’t we put that song in the movie?” The song was on film and the film blew up, then I got a call from Universal and it was all over.

So when you write songs now knowing they might be in a 365 film, do you think of Massimo and Laura while you are writing these songs?

Oh, not really. Because “Angels”, which is the next single to be released, was made for my children. It’s just a dream I had about me and my child flying like angels in the clouds, playing in the clouds, jumping in the clouds. But the song was loved by the director and he decided to put it in the movie.

Obviously, one of the draws of the films is the lavish setting. You have designer clothes and these great cars and villas. Did you take anything from the set as a souvenir?

I have a Massimo suit. I have a Massimo costume that I took the last day on set, just to remember. One day I will put it in a museum. [Laughs]

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

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