Cebu-born Filipino-Italian Gianmatteo Fernan Guidicelli was brought to Manila by his longtime dream of becoming the first ever Filipino Formula One driver. It was a dream that he discovered after riding his first ever Go Kart at the age of 11.
At that time, Matteo had his eyes set on his ultimate goal that he spent his teenage years training long and hard at the race tracks. Since part and parcel of being a budding racer is getting sponsors, finding them led to another thing—meeting his first talent manager in the person of Jojie Dingcong.
While he was initially reluctant to join showbiz, primarily because his Tagalog skills needed refining, Matteo nevertheless gave showbiz a shot.
His first project was the teenage comedy sitcom “Go Kada Go” together with Alex Gonzaga, Bangs Garcia and Joem Bascon, among others.
After “Go Kada Go,” Matteo joined a number of projects including “Kung Fu Kids” and “Your Song Presents: Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal.”
While entering show business already shocked many, his decision to join a certain musical during his junior year in high school shocked his friends and family even further. Matteo accounts his first exposure to the performing arts happened when he landed he lead role in the Tony award winning show Pippin at his school event. His interest for the performing arts eventually grew that led him to pursue Musical Theater at Columbia College in Chicago.
Matteo officially made it into the mainstream consciousness when he landed his first title and first primetime project as part of Star Magic.
This was no less than the 2010 fantasy primetime soap (which was originally pegged for an afternoon timeslot) titled “Agua Bendita” opposite Andi Eigenmann. Matteo ventured into the big screen as early as 2011. His first movie was then Direk Mae Cruz’s opus “Catch Me I’m In Love” starring Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson. The next year, Matteo starred in his first title film opposite Maja Salvador titled “My Cactus Heart.”
During the same year when he landed his first title film, Matteo also ventured into doing his first indie where he played the dual role of St. Jerome and Bro. Jerry in the film titled “Paglaya sa Tanikala.” That film was also Matteo’s first ever MMFF New Wave entry.
By 2014, Matteo made his first Cinema One Originals Film Festival entry when he joined Ian Loreño’s film “Saturday Night Chills” together with Rayver Cruz and Joseph Marco.
Now, a decade since he embarked on his first-ever TV project and Matteo has a firmer respect and bolder passion for the craft. So much so that he also has a clear sight of what he wants to be known in the business that is—a reliable and flexible actor who ably takes on every role that is given to him.
Even though he focused on acting, Matteo’s love for singing never left his heart. He was finally able to fully dip his hands into the music scene by 2015 when he released his self-titled debut album with the carrier single “Ipapadama Na Lang.” Months later, Matteo staged his first-ever solo concert at the Music Museum titled “MG1.” A year since his first major concert, Matteo