Private Isara’elu “Izzy” Ulalei (Marco Alosio)

Private Isara’elu “Izzy” Ulalei (Marco Alosio)

A gentle giant, from a large religious Samoan family. Quiet and respectful. Izzy returns wounded with his foot half shot off, a warrior, harbouring feelings of guilt and his own cowardice in battle. Izzy is plagued by dreams bad enough that he can’t bear to be around his pregnant fiancé and the promise of new life she offers.

Played by Marco Alosio

Marco Alosio was cast in Fighting Season during his second year at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. The role in Fighting Season is his professional screen debut. He grew up performing in church and was encouraged to pursue acting by his high school drama teacher. Also a gifted sportsman, he played many sports growing up including Waka Ama, volleyball, and different codes of rugby. After high school he was accepted into a sports program coaching kids in the United Kingdom. Half way through, he was scouted to play semi-professional rugby with a football club in Somerset. Marco is a fluent Samoan speaker.