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    Alessandro 
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Played by: Alessandro Tiberi

The direction's young intern, Alessandro joins the set in the first episode and serves as Audience Surrogate.


  • Adorkable: He is pretty young, naïve, has a dorky charm, and manages to attract women like Arianna and Karin.
  • Audience Surrogate: The closest to a viewpoint character, as the show starts when he joins the set.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Initially with Arianna. He sees her as a Mean Boss but the Ship Tease between the two is evident from the beginning.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often comically mistreated and pushed around by everyone around him. This only gets worse in season 2 and 3.
  • Chick Magnet: Several girls show attraction to him, like Elena (until she dumps him), Arianna, and Karin.
  • Extreme Doormat: Due to being an intern, he lets everyone walk all over him, especially Stanis.
  • Hey, You!: To evidence the other's lack of respect for him, he's rarely addressed by name. Stanis calls him Cuttlefish, René often calls him by random male names, and even Arianna calls him "Thingy" in early episodes (although she starts calling him Alessandro after she mellows out and is more open about her feelings for him). There's one scene where Alessandro makes a good point and Lopez says "Maybe the cleaning boy is right".
  • Hidden Depths: Sometimes he comes up with good ideas for the series, which are even recognized by the people who usually dismiss him as a slave intern.
  • In-Series Nickname: Stanis always calls him Cuttlefish for...some reason.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In season 1, he is unaware of how things work in the Eyes of the heart set and finds out that TV world is different from the way he has imagined.
  • Nice Guy: He means well most of the time and seems nicer than the rest of the troupe.
  • Only One Name: Despite being one of the main characters, we never learn his last name.
  • Only Sane Man: He is a relatively normal guy who has to put up with a lot of crazy people. No wonder he ends up falling for Arianna, who is the only reasonable person in the troupe.
  • Official Couple: With Arianna, as seen in The Big Damn Kiss at the end of the movie.
  • Out of Focus: Arguably the main character of the first two seasons. In season 3 and the movie, he doesn't do much and the main focus is clearly René.
  • Straight Man: Aside from being The Chew Toy, he has no comedic quirks and he is often there to be the everyman to the others's antics, especially Stanis.
  • Token Good Teammate: At least, a relatively nice guy compared to the sociopathic people he works with.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Becomes less of an Only Sane Man as the show goes on, due to the other characters' influence. In a season 1 episode, he was the only one in the room not laughing at Martellone's extremely lame jokes, while in the final movie, he was laughing at the same jokes along with the others, before Arianna stops him with a Death Glare.
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    René 
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Played by: Francesco Pannofino

The director of The Eyes of the Heart.


  • Benevolent Boss: Often pretends to be one, but sometime he really is.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Puts up a nice and friendly façade in front of people he dislikes, but badmouths them when they can't hear him.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Seems apathetic about the quality of Eyes of the Heart, but when he actually works seriously, he’s a good director. Drops the "lazy" part in season 3 when he is actually determined to make a good show, but sadly Hard Work Hardly Works.
  • Catchphrase: Often refers to Corinna as a "cagna", which literally means "bitch" (female dog) but he mostly uses that word to say she is lame and talentless.
  • Consummate Liar: Often he is able to deceive the actors (especially Stanis) by pretending to fawn over them and be enthusiastic for their work, when he actually thinks the exact opposite.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Tries to be calm… until he blows up and starts yelling. In his defence, he is Surrounded by Idiots.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: The aesop he learns at the end of both season 3 and the movie. Every time he puts his effort into directing something serious, everything goes wrong, and then he goes back to direct the usual cheap works he despises.
  • Jaded Washout: A washed up director who, despite his good potential, is aware of the bad quality of all the series he directed in the past. Now he's working on The Eyes of the Heart, a blatantly awful series everyone knows it's going to suck from the beginning. He seems to regret his bad choices, but he knows it's the only thing he can do to have a career.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Short-tempered and cynical, but he has shown to have a human side many times. And he cares about his goldfish Boris. Season 3 also shows he deeply loves his daughter.
  • Large Ham: Pannofino is good at doing that sort of loud characters.
  • No Indoor Voice: Yes, he will shout if he needs to. There are times where he just can't help himself.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Usually just René. Only occasionally some characters call him Renato, like Stanis in season 3.
  • Only Sane Man: Despite his flaws, he is more rational than most people except Arianna, and is often annoyed by the mess caused by the others's antics.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: While people who work for him tend to be annoying and incompetent, René himself is not much better, especially in early seasons. We see him falling asleep on the set, forgetting the character's names and the plot of the series he's directing, and even encouraging the actors to work carelessly in order to shoot a scene quickly.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: His favorite way to manipulate the narcissistic actors into making them do their job.
  • Would Hit a Girl: During an argument, he slaps the actress Cristina… who slaps him back and then headbutts him.

    Arianna 
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Played by: Caterina Guzzanti

René's first assistant director.


    Boris 
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The title character, Boris is René's lucky charm goldish.


  • Legacy Character: The original Boris was apparently killed, as seen in Replacement Goldfish.
  • Living Prop: He's just as relevant to the plot as you would expect from a goldfish.
  • Morality Pet: Literally to René, who has a soft spot for him.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Specifically, the tennis player Boris Becker.
  • Replacement Goldfish: A literal example… twice.
    • In the season 1 finale, Itala accidentally kills him and Alessandro secretly replaces him with another goldish from a shop, without telling René about this change.
    • In the first episode of season 3, René replaced him with another goldfish from his fish tank named Federer. Alessandro and Lorenzo accidentally break the tank, causing all the fishes to fall on the floor including Federer and Boris. Alessandro put a random fish in the fishbowl, which was supposed to be Federer. Only towards the end of seasons 3, it's revealed it was Boris all along, after René recognizes him.
  • Secondary Character Title: Boris is a Living Prop at best. In many episodes, he's not even called by name, he's just somewhat present in the background.
  • Team Pet: Can be this to the troupe, though the only one who seems to care about his existence is René.

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The Cast

    Stanis 
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Played by: Pietro Sermonti

The protagonist actor of The Eyes of the Heart.


  • Attention Whore: Always tries to make every scene of The Eyes of the Heart about himself.
  • Casanova Wannabe: While it's stated that Stanis has fangirls among middle-aged viewers of The Eyes of the Heart, his approach to hit on women is pretty terrible, but he still thinks all women find him irresistible. His co-star Cristina even stated that, of all the men who hit on her, Stanis is the worst. He manages to have sex with Arianna (just because she was drunk, she actually can't stand Stanis) and Karin (who would sleep with Anything That Moves).
  • Casting Gag:
    • Stanis plays Dr. Corelli in the Show Within a Show The Eyes of the Heart. His actor, Pietro Sermonti, is known for playing a doctor in another real Italian series, A Doctor in the Family.
    • In two episodes we see a girl named Elena (Alessandro's girlfriend) who is annoyed by Stanis obnoxiously hitting on her. Her actress Margot Sikabonyi is known for playing Sermonti's epic love interest in A Doctor in the Family.
  • Catchphrase: "Very Italian", his way to complain about anything he doesn't like, and "Not Italian" (and for a short while, in season 2, "Anglo-saxon") is his way to say something is good.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: Stanis is blatantly Italian like the other characters but hates anything associated with Italy (see Catchphrase). His real name is Enzo Facchetti but he goes by his non-Italian sounding Stage Name, Stanis La Rochelle.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody in the troupe is really fond of him. Especially Alessandro, who has to put up with Stanis's Jerkass antics a lot. The director René says that he would rather get rid of him in season 3.
  • Giftedly Bad: His acting skills are below average, especially his facial expressions, but he's convinced to be great and brags about his talent and his past acting experiences.
  • It's All About Me: The idea that the world doesn't revolve around him is unthinkable to him.
  • Jerkass: He's insufferable pretty much all the time. Even when he is trying to be affable, he comes off as a condescending jerk.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: While usually a Casanova Wannabe, season 2 suggests he may have some Hidden Depths when he falls in love with Arianna and claims that he would do anything to win her heart and marry her. But after he (shockingly) manages to have sex with her, he loses any interest in Arianna, except to brag about her being one of his sexual conquests to feed his own ego.
  • Large Ham: With his overly pretentious and flamboyant ways, Stanis is this both on and off camera.
  • Lethally Stupid: After meeting a fan who knows him as a doctor in the Soap Within a Show, he prescribes medication for her, pretending to be his character. This ends up putting the woman into a coma. When Arianna calls him out on it, he said he thought it was going to work, because it was the same medication he prescribed to a patient in one episode of the soap.
  • Narcissist: Even the opening of season 2 and 3 features Stanis looking at himself in the mirror.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Stanis, a Jerkass actor, plays Giorgio Corelli, a goodhearted doctor and the hero of The Eyes of the Heart. Although he also plays Giorgio's Evil Twin Eric…
  • The Nicknamer: He always calls Alessandro "Cuttlefish" ever since their first interaction in the pilot.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Played with: Stanis actually is the biggest name in the cast, but that still makes him not even nearly as important as he thinks he is.

    Corinna 
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Played by: Carolina Crescentini

The protagonist actress of The Eyes of the Heart in season 1.


  • Alpha Bitch: The female lead of the show and acts like a spoiled diva with It's All About Me tendencies.
  • Back for the Finale: After being Put on a Bus after season 1, she's seen again in the season 3 finale and the movie.
  • Brainless Beauty: She is very pretty, but has almost nothing in the brain.
  • Distaff Counterpart: A female Stanis, except dumber and even worse at acting.
  • Dumb Blonde: A perfect airheaded foil to Arianna's Brainy Brunette.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: René hates her, and everyone else finds her annoying as well, except Gloria, her makeup girl.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: She's an arrogant prima donna, while her character Giulia is the heroic female protagonist.
  • The Prima Donna: When it comes to narcissistic ego, she can rival Stanis.
  • Put on a Bus: Corinna leaves the set after season 1 to work in another series, and her character Giulia is killed off from The Eyes of the Heart.
  • Really Gets Around: Implied. Despite having a boyfriend, she has a sexual relationship with Dr. Cane in season 1. In the movie, she takes "slut" as a compliment, before sleeping with Lorenzo, the ugly Butt-Monkey of the troupe.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: More so than Stanis. She's a horrible "actress" to an almost embarrassing extent, but somehow she believes herself to be talented.
  • Spoiled Brat: Complains and throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way on the set.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is a ditzy, vain Girly Girl, while Arianna is a self-proclaimed Tomboy.

    Cristina 
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Played by: Eugenia Costantini

The protagonist actress of The Eyes of the Heart in season 2.


  • Back for the Finale: After being Put on a Bus after season 2, she's seen again in the season 3 finale and the movie.
  • Brainy Brunette: Despite being lazy and spoiled, Cristina is much more intelligent and insightful than Corinna, the Dumb Blonde whom she replaced.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She is actually a good actress, but hates her job and often arrives late on the set or doesn't come at all when all the others are waiting for her.
  • Brutal Honesty: She speaks her mind with no problem. She even tells René that the script of The Eyes of The Heart is ridiculous and most scenes don't make sense.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Prone to ramble on absentmindedly, even in her Establishing Character Moment.
  • Contrasting Replacement Character: Corinna was a Dumb Blonde and terrible actress who actually has the ambition of becoming a star. Cristina is a good actress and Brainy Brunette who doesn't want to be an actress and is only part of the show because she is forced to.
  • Naïve Newcomer: While Alessandro was this in season 1, she takes the role of the clueless newcomer in season 2.
  • Put on a Bus: Cristina happily leaves the set at the end of season 2, so her character Sofia from The Eyes of the Heart is also Put on a Bus to Africa.
  • Spoiled Brat: Unintentionally. Her father is stated to be one of the richest and most powerful men of Europe, and he's the reason why she got the role. Cristina can be inconsiderate and thoughtless (and gets away with it because of her father), but not on purpose and she is also willing to apologize.
  • Upper-Class Twit: After coming back from a trip, she casually mentions that she was worried about losing 80 millions of euros on that trip, but that's ok because she only lost 10 millions.

    Karin 
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Played by: Karin Proia

An actress of The Eyes of the Heart in season 2, brought on the show only for fanservice.


  • Anything That Moves: She even tried to seduce Duccio...
  • Back for the Finale: After being Put on a Bus after season 2, she's seen again in the season 3 finale and the movie.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • Her character Sandra in The Eyes of the Heart is the Veronica as a foil to the Betty of Cristina's character, with Stanis's character being the Archie.
    • Karin herself is the Veronica to Arianna's Betty for Alessandro's Archie.
  • Brutal Honesty: Very blunt about everything, even when she's not trying to be rude.
  • Character Death: Her character Sandra after being shot in The Eyes of the Heart. She will come back to the show in the season 3 finale though…
  • Fair Cop: Her character Sandra in The Eyes of the Heart is a cop and so attractive that manages to win the heart of the male protagonist Giorgio (Stanis).
  • Femme Fatale: Brags about her ability to flirt and sleep with men to get what she wants.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The entire purpose of her character in the Show Within a Show due to In-Universe Executive Meddling.
  • Really Gets Around: Or so she claims. She had sex with both Alessandro and Stanis (the latter is also her Love Interest in the Show Within a Show).
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    Fabiana 
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Played by: Angelica Leo

The protagonist actress of Medical Dimension in season 3 and René's daughter.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Don't dare to disrespect her father in front of her.
  • Daddy's Girl: To René, they clearly have a close relationship, and she has a deep respect for him.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde, and a wholesome, naïve Nice Girl.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Oblivious about her father's shortcomings and the dark side of his workplace.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In season 3, replacing Cristina in that role.
  • Nepotism: Averted, then played straight. René refuses to let Fabiana be the star of Medical Dimension as she's secretly his daughter and he doesn't want to be accused of this, but later he has to ask her to take the role since the network's designated replacement actress proves to be utterly incompetent.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She looks cute. Her father…not so much.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: So pure and naïve that she's unaware of the Crapsack World around her.

The Crew

    Itala 
The script supervisor.
  • The Alcoholic: She is often seen drinking on the set.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems polite, but is actually as sociopathic and cynical as the others. She pretends to be sorry when Lorenzo was brutally beaten up but then it's revealed that she was also involved in the beating along with other people.
  • Lazy Bum: She doesn't care much about doing her work.

    Duccio 
Played by: Ninni Bruschetta

The director of photography.


  • Karma Houdini: The producers often tell René to fire him, although he never does.
  • Lazy Bum: He hardly ever works. When he does, he's terrible at it.
  • The Stoner: Well..he is known for being a drug addict with cocaine.

    Biascica 
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Played by: Paolo Calabresi

The chief electrician.


  • The Bully: He emotionally and physically abuses Lorenzo for his own amusement and because he needs a "slave" to pick on.
  • Fan Boy: Of the football club A.S. Roma.
  • Freudian Excuse: Season 2 reveals that he grew up with a Dysfunctional Family and an abusive father, which left him emotionally messed-up.
  • Jerkass: He's a spiteful bully with sadistic tendencies. What do you except from someone who wears a hat with the word "asshole" on it?
  • Last-Name Basis: Rarely called Augusto. He's usually referred to as Biascica.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Violent, gross, vulgar, obnoxious, and ignorant about everything except football.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name Biascica literally means 'slurs' (as in 'to slur', the speech impediment) — a thing he does liberally.
  • Nice Hat: Always wears a hat with a word in it… "asshole". Probably his co-workers are not familiar with that English word.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his sadism and extreme ignorance, he seems to love his family.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He's married but he has shown interest in other women, and has a fling with Gloria in season 1.

    Lorenzo 
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Played by: Carlo De Ruggieri

The photography intern, also known as the "slave intern".


  • Butt-Monkey: The only character who is treated worse than Alessandro. He is especially a punching bag to Biascica, who calls him his "slave".
  • The Chew Toy: Even the opening credits (both the first and second one) make it clear that he is a "slave" and a punching bag.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He tries to rebel in season 2, but it ends up blowing up in his face.
  • Extreme Doormat: Especially in season 1. Biascica physically abuses him and doesn't even let him talk.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He's probably the most disliked (and abused) person in the troupe. Although Biascica is the one who hates him the most, no one likes to work with him.
  • Hidden Depths: Whenever they give him the possibility of working seriously. He has proven to be a much better at photography than Duccio, much to the latter's dismay.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: As hard as it is to believe, he gets with Corinna in the movie.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Every time he is promoted and thinks he is doing something right, he ends up being rejected and humiliated (and even beaten up in season 2). He gets better in season 3…until the final episode where he ends up as Biascica's slave again.

    Lopez 
Played by: Antonio Catania

The network delegate.


    Sergio 
Played by: Alberto Di Stasio
The production manager.

    Alfredo 
Played by: Luca Amorosino

An assistant director.


    Gloria 
Played by: Ilaria Stivali

The makeup artist.


    The Screenwriters 
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Played by: Valerio Aprea, Massimo De Lorenzo and Andrea Sartoretti

The three screenwriters of The Eyes of the Heart.


  • The Dividual: The three are always seen together, in a different place from the rest of the cast. Only in a season 2 episode, one of them comes to the set by himself and interacts with the troupe without the other two screenwriters.
  • Lazy Bum: They only care about their paycheck and don't put any effort in writing a good script. There's a reason why The Eyes of the Heart is such an awful series.
  • No Name Given: Even the credits refer to them as just "the screenwriters".
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: They appear since the first season, but are only added to the opening in season 3.
  • Self-Deprecation: The Show Within a Show The Eyes of the Heart (as well as Medical Dimension in season 3) has three male screentwriters, just like Boris. They do not come out in a good light, let's put it this way.
  • The Slacker: In season 3 they spend all their time slacking around in a boat, and avoiding to do their job at any cost. Sometimes they even rip off random scenes from obscure foreign series.
  • Smarter Than You Look: They are revealed to this in the season 3 finale. They actually start to work seriously, they discuss with René about the series while making good points, and all three are shown to be aware about how fiction works.
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