MONICA BELLUCCI: “AT 50 YEARS OLD I LEARNED TO WALK”
Monica Bellucci, Italian actress and fashion model
Amodel of undisputed and indisputable fascination before becoming an actress, over the years she banished all doubt by working with the most prestigious names of world cinema, becoming an international icon. She married one of the most acclaimed European stars in Hollywood, Vincent Cassel, with whom she has two daughters, and today divides her time between Italy and Paris without ever disdaining international sets, from the last cinematic installment of the James Bond saga to the sweet and surreal comedy of Emir Kusturica On the Milky Road. We met up with her in Montecarlo, where she accepted the Career Prize from the Film Festival de la Comédie with the pride of someone who has known how to eventually overcome a series of initial obstacles. As the Umbrian actress tells us on a terrace overlooking the sea: “Passing from fashion to cinema was a sort of suicide, but today I’m proud to have done it.” A number of new projects await her, including the third season of Mozart in the Jungle, where she plays a famous opera singer opposite Gael Garcia Bernal’s orchestra director, and David Lynch’s longawaited follow-up to Twin Peaks, on which she retains the maximum discretion. “I can’t say anything, I hope it happens, it’s an ambitious project: I’m happy to be apart of it.” Whoever imagines that planetary success has made the divine Monica one of those snobbish stars, perhaps jealous of younger colleagues, has it all wrong. She says as much to me, with a suave smile: “I’m a woman who loves women: I like them a lot, when I see these young girls, I think of my daughters, when I see those a bit older I think that I still have a lot to learn from them. Like with my two grandmothers: I owe everything to them, they have taught me so much.”
Is there more room today for women in cinema?
The way of looking at us has changed, as women and as actresses. We have gained more respect,
There is only one Italian diva who has swept across the world after Sophia Loren, thanks to a precious combination of beauty and charisma: Monica Bellucci Icon of Italian beauty, but also a successful actress, Monica Bellucci faces this chapter of life begun 50 years ago with new and unexpected awareness