Cagatay for ELLE magazine, January 2019
In December 2020, it was annouced that Cagatay will play the lead in “Yesilcam: A Cinema Animal” coming to BluTV as a 2 seasons, 10-episode per season package produced by ES Films. Written by Levent Centak and Volkan Sumbul, Cagatay will play a filmmaker who is down on his luck but makes a comeback during the golden era of Turkish cinematic history, also known as the Yesilcam era.
The first teaser for the show was released on February 12, 2021, to rave reviews and excitement from fans and industry insiders alike. The flamboyant promotion accompanied by Emel Sayın’s song “If Dreams Come True”, opens the doors to a glorious and nostalgic world while taking the audience to a Yesilcam movie premiere in the 1960s.
This is a big budget period piece by BluTV, which is the up and coming, premier Turkish digital platform also growing its footprint globally. Having the opportunity to showcase the Turkish film industry in this manner is an excellent career opportunity for Cagatay, and he looks perfect for the role.
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In October 2019, in an interview with GQMiddleEast, Cagatay said, “I’ve never told anyone about this by the way. Just my close friends know I’m going to shoot a film as a director. You are the first to know. I’m so excited. Just dreaming every day about it. Every moment.” The dream has come true and Cagatay’s short film “Birdie” has been selected for the Oxford Film Festival, held in Mississippi in March 2021. As screenwriter and director, it’s a film he made with his younger brother, Atalay, as assistant director. Atalay is a film school graduate from the University of the Arts in London.
In 2015-2016, while in Los Angeles and attending film classes, Cagatay had also made a short film on the homeless called ‘Home’ but it has not been available for public viewing.
Photo of "Birdie" from Oxford Film Fesitval Lineup
Besides his acting roles, Cagatay has participated in a few ad campaigns and magazine spreads, with one of the best known ones being as the face of “Colin’s” clothing brand in Turkey in 2016, for which he shot the commercial “Bize Uyar” together with Victoria’s Secret model Taylor Hill.
Cagatay with Taylor Hill for the Colin's commercial
Early in 2020, it was announced that Cagatay will participate in an adaptation of Orhan Pamuk’s Museum Of Innocence, the first Turkish production from Amazon Prime. The project is slated for 2022, and there is a possiblity that Cagatay will participate as a producer in addition to his lead role.
In the course of his career, Cagatay has received a Golden Butterfly Award, two Turkish Youth Awards, a Golden Lens Award and other widespread recognition.
He has also been named to TCCandler’s 100 Most Handsome Faces (in the world) list for 4 years in a row.
Most recently, he received his first international award as the GQ Middle East TV Star of the Year 2019.
In addition, Cagatay has been nominated for best actor, both for TV and for the digital platform at many events.
Fun Video: Cagatay Speaking English At The GQ Awards
Cagatay is managed by Engin Aykanat in Istanbul. Recently, he also signed on with Hollywood’s renowned United Talent Agency. His long-time stylist is Ilknur Seref and his PR manager is Esra Genckaya.
Before the pandemic, Cagatay used to split his time between Istanbul and Los Angeles, where he owns a home in Santa Monica. He spends his time in LA going through various professional development activities to hone his craft.
In 2019, Cagatay became a silent partner in a Los Angeles based bottled tea business called Teakina, along with friend Mali Simsek. Teakina wholesales organic iced tea that is sourced from Rize, in the Balck Sea region of Turkey. In January 2021, it was announced that Teakina, after successful distribution in USA, is expanding distribution into Europe.
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Cagatay is the elder of two sons of parents Aylin and Refiye Ulusoy, who are of Turk Bulgarian and Bosnian descent respectively. His parents live a quiet, village life in Canakkale. His younger brother Atalay, who is nearly 8 years his junior, and is a graduate of Film Practice from London. Cagatay himself was studying in the Department of Forestry at Istanbul University when his sudden win as Best Model changed the course of his life.
Cagatay has been in a long-term relationship with Duygu Sarisin, his co-star in Icerde. An intensely private man, Cagatay and his loved ones like to keep their personal life away from the spotlight.
Cagatay and good friend Kivanc Tatlitug often vacation together.