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New Trier graduate Nico Tortorella stars alongside Kevin Bacon. Photo by Magnus Hastings

Following Nico

by Elaine Doremus | NS magazine | January 3, 2013

If you liked him in Scream 4, you won’t want to miss Wilmette native Nico Tortorella in the new FOX serial killer drama The Following alongside Kevin Bacon, premiering Jan. 21. Bacon is as an ex-FBI agent called out of retirement to track down a diabolical serial killer just escaped from prison. Tortorella is the town police officer involved with one of the killer’s intended victims. “It’s a love story,” says Tortorella. “My character has his own dark past, so there is a twist.”

Growing up on the North Shore, Tortorella spent a lot of time at Winnetka Beach and played hockey at Watts Center in Glencoe. He also learned “antiquing” from his grandmother, Phyllis Pesce, who owns Resale & Antiques in Morton Grove. As a high school sophomore, his performance as understudy for the character Rudy in Northlight Theatre’s Over the Tavern earned him the same role in Mercury Theatre’s downtown production.

Currently living and shooting in New York City, Tortorella’s next role is a corrupt cop in the big-screen adaptation of Dean Koontz’s novel Odd Thomas, starring Willem Dafoe, in April.

Seems Tortorella is rubbing elbows with the big boys. “Just to play opposite Dafoe is awesome,” he says. “And, working with ‘The Baconater’ [Kevin Bacon], who is so professional, is the best way of any kind to learn.”