Matteo Scammell of local theater troupe New Paradise Laboratories lists the people and places that keep him performance-ready.
Actor Matteo Scammell.
Actor Matteo Scammell is getting noticed a lot these days. A New York Times theater critic described his performance this August in Anisa George’s play, Holden, as “compelling and charismatic,” and the newspaper Philly Weekly included him in its summer roundup of “Hipster Hunks.”
As an actor, he’s a chameleon with ever-changing looks. Groom (1324 Locust St., 215-545-2626) helps maintain his coif. “People are constantly asking me to change my hair for a role, grow it, or dye it,” says Scammell. “I played Kurt Cobain at one point and had this long, bleached nest on my head, and seven months later I was dyeing it black; two months after that, I shaved my head.”
Scammell’s fashion style is minimalist and rebellious, a mix of the aforementioned Cobain along with Jimi Hendrix and Marlon Brando. “I’ve dabbled in many styles over the years, so I feel totally comfortable wearing another skin if need be. I’m comfortable in a button-down, tie, and cardigan, or I can go the opposite direction with Chuck Taylors and a T-shirt.” J.Crew (1625 Chestnut St., 215-977-7335) is his go-to for classic prep attire, and Philly AIDS Thrift (710 S. Fifth St., 215-922-3186) for vintage finds.
Despite the attention he’s receiving, including his ongoing theater work with the New Paradise Laboratories and his regular First Friday gig at Fringe Arts with his band Red 40 & The Last Groovement, he hasn’t lost sight of life’s simple pleasures—like playing soccer at Penn Park (31st and Walnut Streets), tending plants purchased from Urban Jungle Florist (1526 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-952-0811) in his Bella Vista home, grabbing his cappuccino at Bodhi Coffee (410 S. Second St., 267-239-2928) (“I love the people there”), or browsing for vinyl at Repo Records (538 South St., 215-627-3775).