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Published on August 29th, 2018 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Adam Ambruso On The New Film “Butterfly Caught,” His Upcoming Projects & His Free Time In L.A.

Helping to spotlight Hollywood’s reckoning in the wake of the #MeToo movement, actor, producer and entrepreneur Adam Ambruso stars and holds a producer credit in the Sony Pictures award-winning film, Butterfly Caught. After making its debut and winning “Best Ensemble Film” at the 2017 San Diego International Film Festival, Butterfly Caught made its theatrical debut this summer.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Ambruso graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has since made deep roots in Los Angeles. While not on-set — he recently starred in and executive produced Will Wallace’s thrilling drama Trafficked alongside Ashley Judd — Ambruso has also balanced a career as a successful entrepreneur, building properties and dabbling in investment real estate.

I had the pleasure of doing Q&A with Ambruso about Butterfly Caught and plenty more. Ambruso can be followed on Instagram and Twitter via the username @AdamAmbruso.

How would you describe Butterfly Caught to someone who hasn’t yet seen the trailer?

Adam Ambruso: Butterfly Caught centers around three young actresses trying to “make it” in Hollywood, and shows the potential pitfalls that can sidetrack the pursuit of one’s goals and one’s life in general.

Were you a producer on the film first or an actor?

Adam Ambruso: I was an actor first on this film. I actually had to fight for this role and took the biggest risks in my career to date to get it.

Had you worked with any of the Butterfly Caught team before being cast?

Adam Ambruso: I had never worked with any of the Butterfly Caught team before being cast. We really bonded and became a family, and I am very grateful to have met them all. Manny and Lisa Rodriguez, the director and producers of the film, have become good friends of mine.

Is there a message or a feeling that you want people to take away after watching the film for the first time?

Adam Ambruso: There is a message and a feeling that I want people to take away with them after watching the film for the first time. It is the message that you do not have to “sell your soul” and do things you are not proud of to get where you want to go in life.

When did you first realize that it was okay to openly talk about discrimination and the seedier side of Hollywood?

Adam Ambruso: I realized right away that whether it was okay or not, I was going to talk about discrimination and the seedier side of Hollywood. However, when I had my own personal experience with it, I made it my mission to give people an example on how to handle it.

On a brighter note, was there a highlight for you in making the film?

Adam Ambruso: Yes, on a brighter note, there definitely was a highlight for me in making this film, which was working on set with very talented and hard-working people that are all moving up in the Hollywood framework toward a worthy final goal.

Butterfly Caught aside, what is coming up for you career-wise?

Adam Ambruso: Butterfly Caught aside, I have another couple of movies coming out within the next year. One is an adventure picture shot in Colorado called The Great Race that is based on a true story of a diphtheria outbreak in the 1920s where dog mushers had to mush 700 miles in the bitter cold in order to retrieve the antidote. It is a true hero story. The other is called Sisters In Crime, which is a female-driven drama that was made for television.

When not busy with your career, how do you like to spend your free time?

Adam Ambruso: When I’m not busy with my career, I like to exercise, hike, snowboard, be athletic in general, read, travel, sing and play guitar, spend time with friends and family, and develop real estate.

What was the last concert you attended for fun?

Adam Ambruso: The last concert I attended for fun was a few weeks ago when I attended The Los Angeles Philharmonic 2018 Summer Series with my lawyer, his wife, and another friend at the famous Hollywood Bowl. It was magical and amazing. We had front row seats, and dinner was catered by the chic French restaurant Lucques Restaurant, which was fantastic. This is a great time, and I highly recommend it.

Finally, Adam, any last words for the kids?

Adam Ambruso: Finally, I do have some last words for the kids. If you are alone, and you don’t think anybody cares about you, and you don’t think anybody sees you, and you want to do big things in this world, I want you to know that I was once you. I see you. Keep your head up, and don’t just dream…do.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer.Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He is a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.


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