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Javier Ambrossi
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Javier Ambrossi at the 32nd Goya Awards in February 2018.
Born
Francisco Javier García de la Camacha Gutiérrez-Ambrossi

(1984-06-24) 24 June 1984 (age 39)
Alma mater Complutense University of Madrid
Occupation
  • Actor
  • stage director
  • film director
  • television director
  • writer
Years active 2012–present
Partner(s)
  • Javier Calvo (2010–present)
Relatives

Francisco Javier García de la Camacha Gutiérrez-Ambrossi (born 24 June 1984), better known as Javier Ambrossi, is a Spanish actor, stage, film and television director, and writer. He is best known for creating and directing the musical La llamada and its film adaptation together with Javier Calvo, as well as the television series Paquita Salas, Veneno and La mesías.

Early life

Ambrossi was born in Madrid, he graduated in Journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid and studied Dramaturgy at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático. His younger sister, Macarena García, is also an actress.

Career

Ambrossi's career as an aspiring actor began in the early 2000s, as he took on many bit roles. He had supporting roles in a number of national television series, including El comisario, Génesis: En la mente del asesino, Hermanos y detectivos, Amar en tiempos revueltos, Cuéntame cómo pasó, Maitena: Estados alterados, La fuga, and Arrayán. His best known roles were as Gustavo in the series Sin tetas no hay paraíso and as Cristiano in the series Ciega a citas. Ambrossi also acted in the film Sexykiller, morirás por ella and had the leading role in El triunfo. In the theater, he had parts in El enemigo de la clase and in Beaumarchais.

Since 2013, Ambrossi has co-directed La llamada at the Teatro Lara in Madrid, a musical he created alongside Javier Calvo. In August 2015, the Mexican production of La llamada opened at the López Tarso theatre in Mexico City with a Mexican cast. In September 2017, the film adaptation of La llamada, also co-directed by Ambrossi and Calvo, premiered in Spain. It is centered around two teenage girls attending a rural Catholic summer camp. The English version of the film is known as Holy Camp!.

In July 2016, the web television series Paquita Salas, created by Ambrossi and Calvo, premiered on Flooxer. The pair originally created the indie series as a way to hone their filmmaking skills, but due to its success, Netflix acquired the rights to air the second season of the series. There are currently three seasons with a fourth pending release. The comedy show is named for its mature female protagonist, who is a failing 50 year old showbiz agent and is played by Brays Efe. The mockumentary style of the series was very original in Spain, who doesn't have a tradition of short-form sitcoms.

Along with Calvo, Ambrossi was listed 47th in El Mundo's list of most important LGBT people in Spain in 2017. They have been credited with pioneering a new model of authorship for popular film in Spain, and in 2020 El País described them as "an unstoppable millennial revolution".

From October 2017 to February 2018, Ambrossi and Calvo appeared on the reality television talent competition show Operación Triunfo as the teachers of acting in the "Academy".

In 2020, Ambrossi and Calvo created the biographical television limited series Veneno, which aired on Atresplayer Premium and HBO Max. ..... Ni puta ni santa: Las memorias de la Veneno. When the first three episodes were released, they landed at the top of Spain's box office, and subcribers to Atresplayer increased by 42% with the show, which is watched ten times more than any other on the platform. The show was picked as one of Variety's best international series in 2020.

Veneno was the first project that Ambrossi and Calvo created under their own production company, Suma Latina Producciones. In 2021, they relaunched the company under the name Suma Content. The independent production company operating internationally and is based in Madrid. In an interview with Variety, Ambrossi explained, "At Suma Latina we were only able to do one production a year and we always had exclusive arrangements that limited what we could do. Suma Content was born for us to be free, no more exclusives."

Since 2020, Ambrossi has been a panelist for Mask Singer: Adivina quién canta, the Spanish version of the international music game show Masked Singer. On 1 March 2021, Ambrossi was announced as a judge for Drag Race España, the Spanish version of the television drag queen competition Drag Race.

In 2023, the family thriller television series La mesías, created, written and directed by Ambrossi and Calvo for Movistar Plus+, was included out of competition in the official section of the 71st San Sebastián International Film Festival. Centered around the life of a man named Enric, who carries religious childhood trauma, the series is about how he is impacted by the viral video of a Christian pop music group, and it has been described as their most ambitious and complex project to date.

Ambrossi and Calvo also created the drama television series Vestidas de azul for Atresplayer Premium, a spin-off and continuation for Veneno in 2023. The show begins two years after Veneno when Valeria returns to Valencia and discovers a VHS copy of Antonio Giménez Rico's famous documentary Vestida de azul and looks to uncover what has happened to the six transgender women it features. "With the series, we’d like to convert the documentary’s protagonists into a mainstream phenomenon, giving them what they didn’t have in the past: Fame but also respect and affection," Ambrossi has explained.

On 10 February 2024, Ambrossi will co-host the 38th Goya Awards, alongside Calvo and actress and singer Ana Belén.

On the whole, Ambrossi, along with Calvo, is bringing greater visibility to the LGBTQ+ community and related themes via his work in the mainstream media industry. .....

Filmography

Acting
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Cuéntame cómo pasó Richi 6 episodes
2001 Operación triunfo Self-Coach 35 episodes
2006 El triunfo Topo
2006 El hormiguero Self-Guest 2 episodes
2008 ... Killer: You'll Die for Her Jaime
2011 The Bird Spider Pet shop salesman
2014 Planeta Calleja Self 1 episode
2018 La resistencia Invitado 1 episode
2018 Looser Self 6 episodes
2019 Terror y feria Javier Ambrossi 1 episode
2020 Mask Singer: Adivina quién canta Investigator 25 episodes
2020 Física o Química: El Reencuentro Self 1 episode
2021 Drag Race España Jurado 34 episodes
2021 B.S.O. con Emilio Aragón Invitado 1 episode
2021 Family Feud: The Battle of the Famous Self-Contestant 1 episode
2023 José Mota Live Show 1 episode
2024 Drag Race España: All Stars Jurado 1 episode
Creator
Year Title
2016 Paquita Salas
2020 Veneno
2020 Paca la Piraña, ¿dígame?
2023 La mesías
2023 Vestidas de Azul
Directing
Year Title Notes
2016 Paquita Salas 16 episodes
2017 Holy Camp!
2020 Más de Veneno: El Documental
2020 Veneno 5 episodes
2023 La mesías
Producing
Year Title Role Notes
2019 Terror y feria Producer 6 episodes
2020 Veneno Executive producer 8 episodes
2021 Cardo Executive producer 6 episodes
2021 Una Navidad con Samantha Hudson Producer
2023 La mesías Producer 7 episodes
Writing
Year Title Notes
2016 Paquita Salas 15 episodes
2017 Holy Camp!
2020 Veneno 5 episodes
2023 La mesías 6 episodes

Recognition and accolades

Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain
Year Category Film Result
2018 Best Adapted Screenplay La llamada Nominated
Fotogramas de Plata
Year Category Film Result
2018 Audience Award - Best Spanish Film La llamada Won
Goya Awards
Year Category Film Result
2018 Best New Director La llamada Nominated
2018 Best Adapted Screenplay La llamada Nominated
Málaga Spanish Film Festival
Year Category Result
2022 Málaga Talent Award Won
Iris Awards (Atv), Spain
Year Category Series Result
2019 Best Screenplay Paquita Salas Nominated
2019 Best Director Paquita Salas Nominated
2020 Best Director Veneno Won
Gaudí Awards
Year Category Film Result
2018 Best Non-Catalan Language Film La llamada Nominated
2018 Audience Award La llamada Won
Feroz Awards, Spain
Year Category Film/Series Result
2018 Best Film: Comedy La llamada Won
2021 Best Drama Series Veneno Nominated
2024 Best Screenplay in a Series La Mesías Nominated
ASECAN
Year Category Film Result
2018 Best Spanish Film La llamada Nominated
Días de Cine Awards
Year Category Film Result
2018 Audience Award La llamada Won

Personal life

Ambrossi has been in a relationship with actor and director Javier Calvo since 2010. Together, the two are universally known as "los Javis" and have become public figures with active social media followings. They spontaneously proposed to each other at the Capitol Cinema in Madrid during the premiere event for one of their films. Both of them have the phrase "Lo hacemos y ya vemos", which translates to "we'll do it and we'll see" and is the title of a song from La llamada, tattooed on their forearms.

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