Are you ready for a new limited series featuring a love story between an African American woman and a Sicilian chef? From Scratch a brand new limited series is coming to Netflix on October 21. Let’s give it a first look!
Based on the New York Times-bestselling memoir, From Scratch is the story of an African American woman who falls in love with a Sicilian chef while studying abroad in Florence and goes on to build a life with him in Los Angeles, merging two seemingly opposite cultures. When they are faced with his unexpected cancer diagnosis, Amy becomes her husband’s caregiver and the person who brings their two very different families together, creating a new, blended family for her and her daughter after he dies.
Season releasing in the United States on October 21st, 2022
|Zoe Saldana||…||Amy Wheeler|
|Saad Siddiqui||…||Dr. Atluri|
|Jonathan Dylan King||…||Silvio|
|Paride Benassai||…||Giacomo, Lino’s father|
|Medalion Rahimi||…||Laila Mahdi|
|Elizabeth Anweis||…||Chloe Lim|
|Joseph Vassallo||…||Antonio Russo|
|Alessandro Lui||…||Costantino D’Agostaro|
|Keith David||…||Hershel, Amy’s father|
|Giacomo Gianniotti||…||Giancarlo Caldesi|
EP Previews a Moving Tale of Love & Loss in Zoe Saldaña Series
“The first time Lino cooks for Amy, you can’t touch that — that is sacrosanct,” Tembi Locke says of the blissful montage recreating her meal (a taste of everything on Saro’s menu) in the premiere.
Lino, who’s estranged from his disapproving, traditional father and therefore the rest of his family, joins Amy in America, where bonding with her dysfunctional clan proves difficult. Then, Lino is diagnosed with a rare cancer, and both families rally around the couple and each other.
“When this show comes out,” says executive producer Attica Locke, “there will be fathers who call their sons, sons who call their fathers, daughters who check in with their moms, sisters who haven’t spoken in a while… That’s my greatest hope.”
Zoe Saldana Shares How Reese Witherspoon Recruited Her for ‘Timeless’ Italian Romance ‘From Scratch’
Zoe Saldana happened upon her latest project at a dinner with Reese Witherspoon.
“Well, Reese Witherspoon not necessarily landed on my lap, but kind of,” the actress, 44, tells PEOPLE of how she came to portraying Amahle “Amy” Wheeler in From Scratch, Netflix’s adaptation of Tembi Locke’s memoir From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home.
“We were at dinner with our partners and some common friends,” recalls Saldana. “And I guess she saw the dynamic between my husband [Marco] and I, and then called me up the next day or a week later to tell me that her company, they had read this book, and it was going to be a part of their club.”
At the time, the New York Times best seller hadn’t been released yet, but Witherspoon, 46, strongly felt Saldana would have a real interest in it.
“I was a little nervous because you’re scared to open up your heart to something that you know has an eminent ending,” the actress admits, but she decided to take on the role anyway.
Zoë Saldana on What Hit Home in Her ‘Very Brave’ International Love Story ‘From Scratch’
Having married an Italian man herself, Zoe Saldana tells PEOPLE she connected with her character in Netflix’s From Scratch, based on Tembi Locke’s memoir detailing her experience as a Black American woman who married into a less-than-accepting Sicilian family.
“The fact that I would laugh out loud to all the things that she, as a woman that is not Italian, marrying a very Italian man, went through; it’s an ongoing thing for me. It’s a saga that never ends, that I love. I’ve learned to embrace a lot of it,” Saldana explains.
“And a lot of it is just perfect and beautiful and blissful and exactly what I wanted,” continues the Avatar star, who wed Italian artist Marco Perego in 2013, with whom she shares 5-year-old Zen and 7-year-old twins Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio. “But it’s not for the faint of heart when you marry somebody who comes with a big baggage of 4,000 years of history and art and philosophy. And great cuisine. It’s a lot to handle in just one simple day.”
Saldana stars in From Scratch as Amahle “Amy” Wheeler, an American student studying abroad in Italy, where she falls in love with a Sicilian chef named Lino (Eugenio Mastrandrea).
Although their romance faces scrutiny by his traditional family, they all come together when Lino is diagnosed with a devastating illness.
Based on Locke’s 2019 memoir From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home, the book recounts the actress’s love story with her late husband Saro, with whom she shared daughter Zoela before his death, when she ultimately reconnected with his family in Sicily.
“The way that she admired Saro and understood him and had so much compassion for him, because Saro had left everything to be with her and had to start from scratch, they were always starting from scratch,” Saldana says.
“But as long as they were together, they were going be triumphant. And even in the way that their story transpired … they were at the helm of their journey,” she adds. “And that, to me, was very brave. And that, to me, was very endearing and strong.”
Saldana notes that she not only understood with Tembi’s journey — but also Zoela’s, as she’s a daughter of Dominican immigrants. “Getting to live that duality all in one day felt very familiar to me,” she says.
Giacomo Gianniotti about the project
“I met our amazing director Nzingha Stewart on Grey’s Anatomy years ago and we always hit it off. I saw what a talent she was and knew very quickly that she would be headed for stardom. So when an opportunity to work together again had presented itself that allowed me to work with her and in my native country with my culture, it felt special. Zoe Saldaña was so excellent and kind. She is a true example of what any star should aspire to be in all categories. We had great fun shooting the first episode together. This book, this story, expertly written by Tembi Locke, is truly moving. I know this series will hit people from all over the world on a deep emotional level. The themes of love, loss, joy, and grief are all universal.”
As for Giancarlo’s relationship with Amy, the actor adds, “Love isn’t always what it seems. And the universe sometimes gives us what we want and sometimes it gives us what we need. Like most exceptional and worthy women, they must kiss a few frogs before landing their prince. My character, Giancarlo, will be a test for Amy — and a very charming one, at that.”
Source: SPOILER TV