BIOS


DIOGO MORGADO
(Director/Writer)

Since he first began his career as an actor in Portugal 18 years ago, Diogo Morgado found himself viewing every set he worked on as his own version of film school, using every break between takes as an opportunity to learn from the crew about all of the technical aspects involved in production behind the camera. An avid photographer with a love for storytelling, directing became of particular interest for Diogo. And after completing a script for the short film "Break," Diogo knew he was ready to make the transition to director. In addition to writing and directing "Break" in 2013, Diogo also served as one of the executive producers as well as co-editor of the Portuguese (subtitled) film.  Now an established, successful actor in both the United States and his native Portugal, "Excuse" is Diogo's first English script/short film that he wrote, directed, edited and executive produced. Diogo Morgado's feature film directorial debut, "Malapata," will be released in theaters in Portugal on March 16, 2017.


DANIELA RUAH 
("Brenda") 

Daniela Ruah was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Portuguese-born parents. She lived in the United States until she was five. Her father's family is Sephardi Jewish, while her mother is of mostly Ashkenazi Jewish, along with Spanish and Sephardi Jewish, ancestry. Daniela attended St. Julian's School in Portugal, where she grew up, landing her first acting role at the age of 16. She kept working on diverse projects and finished high school. At the age of 18, Daniela moved to London, England to pursue a B.A. in Performing Arts at the London Metropolitan University, having finished with first class Honors. In 2007, she moved to New York to study at the acclaimed Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Since 2009, Daniela has played "Special Agent Kensi Blye" on the CBS hit drama, "NCIS: Los Angeles." EXCUSE marks the first time Daniela has worked with her friend and fellow Portuguese colleague, writer/director Diogo Morgado.  



ALBERTO FREZZA 
("Alex") 

Alberto Frezza was recently seen in ABC Freeform's drama series, "Dead of Summer," and is known for "Angel Falls in Love," "Battle Force," and "Born to Race: Fast Track."