Griffin Santopietro on Cast Bonding, Chozen Training and more


One of the main rising stars of cobra kai season five was right under our noses from the start in Santo Pietro Griffin. The actor grew up on the series, initially more in the background as Anthony LaRusso, often making fun of his father, Daniel (Ralph Macchio), and sister, Samantha (Mary Mouser) way to martial arts. As his sociopathic behavior progressed from middle school to high school, he focused on bullying Kenny (dallas dupree young) until he trained in Cobra Kai and turned it around. Santopietro spoke with Bleeding Cool about how he became best friends with Young, participating in his first training sequence in season five and developing a bond with his co-stars.

Cobra Kai. Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso in Cobra Kai episode 510. chrome Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022

Bleeding Cool: At the roundtable, you established that you’re Dallas’ best friend. Are you dating anyone else on set?

Santopietro: One thing that we’ve always talked about, it’s something that I’ve been asked a million times because everyone has more experience than me, because I’ve always wondered, “Are all the actors so close? We’ve always had this dynamic and intricate bond I’ve always asked, “Is this something that happens everywhere?” Most of the time, I hear, “No” with someone else and it’s never the least bit awkward. I’m mostly dating Dallas. Mary, who plays to my sister, she has always been a very good mentor for the last few years. Everyone I feel, even Xolo [Maridueña] and jacob [Bertrand], who I’ve been dating recently, I really grew to love them. I can hang out with anyone and have a good time.

Cobra Kai Stars Young and Santopietro Discuss Kenny and Anthony's Rivalry
Dallas Dupree Young and Griffin Santopietro in Cobra Kai. Image courtesy of Netflix

You have to participate in one of the training sequences this season. What was it like filming that egg sequence with Yuji? [Okumoto’s Chozen] and everyone?

It was really exciting. It seemed like it would be a long time coming, and I really wanted to insert myself into these karate scenes. To finally get to not only be a part of the training, but also have Anthony get to have that role and come up with such a cool plan was so much fun and probably my favorite day of filming. It felt like everything I wanted it to be.

Cobra Kai: Griffin Santopietro on Cast Bond, Chozen's Training and more
Cobra Kai. (L to R) Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Jacob Bertrand as Eli ‘Hawk’ Moskowitz in Cobra Kai episode 507. chrome Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022

Your role in Cobra Kai came after two years of acting in Hollywood. What was the most valuable thing you learned that helped you in your career? How do you feel you handled the fame of the series?

One, from a learning experience, working with people like Ralph and Billy [Zabka], who are these kind of legends, has been a great help, not only as an actor but also as a professional. There are certain things about etiquette on set and just being there to do a job that he wouldn’t have learned without them. As for the reaction, really, it’s only since season four that I’ve been recognized…asking for photos and autographs…and that’s something I’m still very new to. I’m still testing the waters, but so far, it’s been really great. I haven’t had a bad interaction, but some awkward ones, not so bad. I’ve been very lucky that that’s my slow, comfortable way into the spotlight than other younger actors.

Cobra Kai: Griffin Santopietro on Cast Bonding, Chozen Training & More
Cobra Kai. (L to R) Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso, Robyn Lively as Jessica in Cobra Kai episode 505. chrome Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022
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