Alex Aldea joined Brian Brodeur at East Main Studios to discuss his experiences in the New York and New Jersey television production world, projects premiering at the upcoming Garden State Film Festival and his work as a Commissioner of the Paterson Film & Entertainment Commission.
Aldea’s next role comes next week on CBS, where he will be on the show Bull. Michael Weatherly stars in a courtroom drama inspired by the life of Dr. Phil McGraw (of the Dr. Phil Show), who founded one of the most successful trial-consulting firms of all time early in his career.
Brodeur asked Aldea what it was like to work in the New York production scene. Most of the locations are in Brooklyn or Queens, he said. “You drive past these places,” said Aldea, “and from the outside, it’s a warehouse, and then you go in, and everything’s state of the art.”
Aldea, who worked as both an attorney and investment banker, decided to pursue his dreams of acting a few years ago, and that decision has already proved to be successful, with roles in Blue Bloods, The Pope on CNN, and a host of independent films.
Aldea is a Commissioner of the Paterson Film & Entertainment Commission. “We’re folks who really focus on trying to make it easy and user-friendly to film in Paterson, New Jersey,” said Aldea. Paterson, which boasts historic locations like The Great Falls, and is located at the intersection of three major New Jersey highways, has a wide range of settings and a diverse population.
New Jersey has a tax credit and incentive state program for filmmakers, and production in the state has been booming in recent years. With locations in Paterson ranging from post-industrial to urban settings, mansions to historic buildings, “there’s absolutely everything you could want to film in one city,” Aldea said.
Aldea also has two films debuting at the Garden State Film Festival, coming to Asbury Park, NJ later this month. In one he plays a bad guy; the other, a serial killer. “I love playing villains,” said Aldea. “It’s always a lot of fun.”
To learn more about Aldea and his career, visit http://alexaldea.com.