I am CHARLIE Curilan
actor | model | acting coach
Charlie Curilan is a Filipino-Dutch actor based in the Netherlands whose career ranges from acting on stage, film, and commercials, working as voice-over talent, to coaching aspiring actors at the Mulholland Academy in Amsterdam. He started his professional career as part of the original cast in the Dutch version of Cameron Mackintosh’s hit musical Miss Saigon in 1996, produced by Stage Entertainment, and then again in 2014 in the Swedish version at the Malmö Opera. His earlier appearances include Dutch TV series Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden, Meiden van de Herengracht, and A’dam en EVA. He was nominated BEST ACTOR alongside seasoned Dutch actors at the 2018 edition of the 48-Hour Film Festival–Rotterdam for his performance in the comedic short film, Stanley 911 (which won the People’s Choice award), and in the following year, Charlie won BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR at the CineZee Film Festival in Vlissingen, Netherlands for his dramatic performance in the short film Open Wond.
Charlie’s acting versatility landed him a featured role in the Dutch comedy series Jos, by NLFILM and AVRO-TROS network. He played a polyglot in the Dutch comedy Fazant and in the same year played a dramatic role in the final installment of the multi-awarded trilogy Capo di Famiglia. These are just some of the most notable films out of 30+ film credits that make up his body of work. (Check out his IMDB page for his full filmography.) In the future, people will see more of him as he plays one of the lead roles in the international sci-fi feature film, Guinea Pig, to be filmed in Sweden in the summer of 2024. A future project is right ahead as he has recently wrapped the short film Goldfish Breakfast, by surrealist filmmaker, Uriel Mutahemuel, a project specially commissioned by the Kunstinstituut Melly to be premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2024.
Your vulnerability and the emotional life of your character came through and was very engaging. Impressive for someone only acting for two years.* Must be in the genes. Congratulations.
Although I’ve only worked with Charlie once – in “Routine” – I was impressed and felt lifted by his acting on the set. Since then he has continued to impress me with his presence on the screen and last, but not the least, by his lasting and generous support as a brother in the film anyway.
His acting abilities are extended to the advertising industry with his portfolio that includes, Heineken, ABN-AMRO, SNS Bank, Eurojackpot, Staatslotterij (State Lottery), Media Markt, Conimex, De Hypotheker, Hypotrust, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways), T-Mobile, Ziggo, Amstel Beer, Carlsberg Beer, Dutch Bargain Beer, and one of Europe’s largest global grocery chain LIDL. In the international scene, he appeared in a recent campaign of Roku (USA & Canada), a promotional film for Shell (Global), a butter campaign for Regalien (South-east Asia), and Delta Airlines (Global).
2 episodes on Jos, Dutch comedy series, produced by AVRO TROS, streamed on NOS
Charlie is a hell of a dude. On camera as well as off camera. While I know him as an actor who wants his lines a.s.a.p. so he can go over them and get into character even more.. he’s maybe even more fun to watch and edit when you give him room to improvise. Subtle and funny, dramatic and realistic. Charlie has all the traits of a beautiful human being and I can’t wait to work with him again and to see more of his ‘roles’ come to life.. Let yourself be surprised by Charlie. You’ll love him just as your audience will.
I had a chance to work with Charlie when giving one of my workshops in Amsterdam. Charlie showed very early in the process that he has the ability to deliver a powerful and believable performance within no time of preparation. I was very impressed and moved by his performance. He showed a very professional attitude and adapted fast and easily to new directions in the exercises we worked with. I really hope to have the chance to work with him again in the future.
I got to know Charlie as an incredibly hard-working actor who is very dedicated to his craft. Such a pleasure to work with.
Along with his performing career, he has also given masterclasses in musical theater performance, film acting, and singing for young performers at Yew Chung International Highschool in Hong Kong, Big Ben International Academy for Music & Performing Arts in Jakarta, the Broadway Youth of Cebu, and the Philippine Highschool for the Arts. He performed postmodern theater plays produced by Gogoheart Film and Stage at the Mulholland Academy in Amsterdam, where he earned his Diploma in International Professional Acting and is now part of the faculty, teaching his craft to a new generation of aspiring actors of various nationalities.
To further his career, Charlie continuously hones his talent by training under American acting coaches James Ciccone of Boston Strangler fame, and Andy Garrison, veteran actor and founder of the Actor Training Studio in Kansas City, Missouri.
All this hard work pays off as Charlie’s career flourishes. To date, he is the only actor of Filipino descent currently represented by UK-based talent agent, Stephanie Broocks, promoting his crafts to casting directors and producers for Netflix, Marvel, the Hallmark Channel, and Amazon Prime, to name a few.
This class is specifically designed for the complete, absolute beginner. It can be a spring board to experience a sense of the kind of playing actors do to begin to understand how one might get better at it. Though, the class is also offered in a way that just allows you to come and leap into exercises and role playing in a very loose and non stressful way. Weekly, we work with some structure, and then just try to enjoy the ride..see what all of us can create together.
This class, The Acting Class for Absolute Beginners, it is part I of our introduction to acting. Later, if you wish, you may progress to part II with The Foundations of Acting to get a little more serious, and finally to part III with The Foundations of Acting with an Introduction to Acting for the Camera.
Very Very precise, very “welll read,” and always very very relaxed. haha. I left teaching at a film school in the Philippines in 2018, and then found one of the best Pilipino actors right here in the Netherlands. As I look again at the CoffeeShop scene, I see even more how damn good you were.. ..really, just excellent…Some got it, some don’t..you do. Shine on.
– Alex Murphy (American actor, director, and teacher)
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