(born January 19, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro
) is a Brazilian actor of Portuguese
Thiago spent his childhood between Rio de Janeiro
, where he was born, and Recreio, a mining town where his grandparents live. From the age of three to 16, he devoted himself to swimming, winning more than 170 medals. Convinced that it would be very difficult to make a living in the sport, he abandoned the idea of becoming a professional swimmer and started to make breaks as a model, besides working as a salesman for a clothing store. He attended a course of interpretation to get rid of shyness, which he felt would hinder his career as manager of a bank. He was ashamed of his 1.95 meters in height, confessing, "I thought that everybody was looking at me."
Thiago was studying Business Administration at UERJ
when he received an invitation to test for the part of a professor of swimming in Malhação
. He resolved to take the risk and was awarded the role. After finishing recording the first scene, he felt he had discovered what he wanted to do in life.
Two years later, the actor appeared as protagonist of the novela Terra Nostra, in which he played Matteo, an Italian
immigrant who came to Brazil
seeking a better life. No only did Thiago conquer the actress Ana Paula Arósio
in the series, but he conquered all of Brazil
and became the leading actor of the Globo network. After his success as Matheo, he participated in the miniseries Aquarela do Brasil and the novelas......