‘Mozart’ star Sandro Isaack developing cartoon about a little girl with two dads
Although Hilary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump last year, it’s not going to stop one little girl from attaining her dream to becoming America’s first Madam President, at least that’s the premise behind one gay television star’s timely children’s book.
Sandro Isaack appears in Amazon’s hit comedy Mozart in the Jungle. The show about life in New York’s professional orchestra industry, It is now in its third season and amid all the work and time it takes to bring his character Pavel to the small screen, Sandro is trying to get his cartoon show “Ava, the Lucky Girl with Two Dads,” financed and greenlit for television.
Originally from Brazil, the actor tells San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, in his sexy accent, that it’s crucial for people to understand just because Mrs. Clinton isn’t sitting in the Oval Office doesn’t mean young women should be uninspired and give up their dreams of getting there.
“I think it’s very important for girls to believe they can be anything; it’s a very important moment, not only to tell stories of minorities but also reassure little girls that they can be anything they want to be from a very early age,” he said.
Ava is not only a little girl with Capitol Hill aspirations she also has two dads. Helping Ava is her leg warmer-wearing campaign manager Dolores the stork, a character from Sandro’s original work.
The story and idea are a continuation of his kids book “Stork M.I.A.” wherein main characters, named only Dad and Dad, seek to adopt a child on their own because the stork always misses their house.
With the help of two lesbian mothers, Dad and Dad get ever-closer to starting the family they have always wanted.
Sandro is a bachelor who wants the same things as Dad and Dad, but he says he is in no rush — first things first; finding the right person with which to spend his life.
“I’m already in my forties,” he says. “So I would like it to happen sooner rather than later and I would not just wanna try and find someone to couple with just so that I can have a kid. It doesn’t seem healthy. But me becoming a father seems like the right thing to do. And it seems like the right time within the next five years. So, if someone comes along and we click…” he laughs.
As mentioned before, Sandro hails from Brazil. Teasingly I reminded him that’s one of the most romantic countries in the world.
“It is!” he laughs,”And I still have a lot of romance in my life, but that doesn’t mean that the view of my life is a romanticized one. I’m trying to keep my feet on the ground.”
He remembers growing up in Brazil and accepting he was gay as a teenager. He says he knew that men dated men back then, but he never saw “couples,” and certainly there were none who had children.
“I remember there was a lot of coming out of the closet,” he says. “I mean, I came out pretty early. A lot of what you do, a lot of the flirting because you’re not sure who’s gay and who is not. It was done in kind of a hiding, shady way. And even if that’s in the past it still lingers in one’s habits nowadays.”
Being gay is more acceptable today, he says, connections are healthier; it’s okay seeing relationships for what they are and he hopes this generation grasps that it’s okay to be a man and want a future husband.
“You know, they can from the get-go believe in a future with a partner and building a family. I didn’t see the possibility of having a husband– maybe yes, having a partner for the rest of my life –but just the idea that when I came out we used to call each other partners.”
However, that’s not how things played out in the early days of his long-term relationships. He was dating a woman for seven years; they lived together. Today he says they are best friends and he his Godfather to her daughter.
“Six months after we broke up, I had my first boyfriend and we were together for almost five years and lived together in what I believe was my first phase of my adulthood.” He recalls. “I’ve been single ever since. I don’t know if I protected myself by being in a relationship, if I actually did what I wanted to do. I just felt when I came to New York in 2002 after grad school, it was the first time ever that I was out of the closet and single. And the city was New York. I saw my share of awesome stuff not-so-awesome; traumatizing. You know, in New York there is a lot of great people and it also has a lot of crazy people.”
This brings us back to his current love; the cartoon series he hopes to put on network television or any venue that will have a wide reach.
Unfortunately doing all the footwork himself comes at a cost just to get the project off the ground. Sandro has started a Kickstarter campaign that ends mid-February where he hopes to gain the needed capital.
“While I’m raising the money, I already wrote the pilot, I’ve been tweaking it and playing with it and I’ve been drawing and re-drawing a couple of other characters and ideas and I’m thinking what to do with a pilot when it’s ready,” Sandro says. “But if I don’t get the money from Kickstarter then I’m going to try and sell it, or try to contact a production company – I just don’t want to do it at the same time, I feel like I will jinx myself.”
It seems like a lot of work. He has been reading for parts and has a few acting prospects on the table, but “Ava” is something he continuously works on because it’s that important.
“In my life, I’ve learned how to multi-task,” he tells me. “I’ve been working on this for a couple of years now. When you act, you have a lot of dead time when you’re shooting something or even when you’re rehearsing. You’re exhausted because the hours are long, but you can always find an hour here, or a half-hour there that is quiet and draw something and work on it. And nowadays everything is on your phone t is very easy to communicate and get things going. it’s definitely not gonna be put aside.”
For Sandro, it’s not a question of if but when his cartoon about a young girl with two dads will make its debut on television.
Sandro is very passionate about everything in his life. From his role in Mozart in the Jungle as Bernadette Peters’ sexy lover, to his personal side; wanting to find the right person of which to start a family.
Maybe it’s not the cartoon he wants to sell so much as the inspiration for kids to see it and become empowered by its multi-faceted message. After all, it touches on many things that currently charge the political thunderclouds that cast a pall over the nation.
It’s a cause that influences the future of so many, but starts in the eyes and ears of the young, and that is certainly where the concept of change is most effective.
“I feel that the kids need it now,” he explains. “And no matter what people believe, whether it’s right or wrong, that’s not the matter. The matter is that those couples exist, and those couples have kids. And those kids have nothing to do with whatever their opinion is. Those kids just deserve a universe that they feel they can belong to.”
To donate to Sandro’s project on Kickstarter click HERE.