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ALESSANDRA MASTRONARDI FROM ITAL­IAN TV TO NET­FLIX SUC­CESS

All About Italy (USA) - - Photo Reportage - Lu­cia Mancini

Alessandra Mastronardi, a young Neapoli­tan ac­tress by way of Rome, has done so much in her ca­reer. Be­com­ing fa­mous thanks to the role of Eva Cu­dicini in the tele­vi­sion se­ries “I Ce­sa­roni”, Alessandra, as is of­ten the case, has worked hard to break away from the char­ac­ter that brought her suc­cess but was be­com­ing re­strict­ing at the same time. The de­sire to show her own worth con­vinced her to ven­ture fur­ther, to make an im­pact in in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions such as the movie “To Rome with Love” by Woody Allen (2012) and the bi­og­ra­phy “Life” by An­ton Cor­bijn (2015). Ap­pre­ci­a­tion by for­eign pro­duc­ers is fur­ther con­firmed this year: Mastronardi is among the cast of “Mas­ter of None”, a suc­cess­ful Net­flix se­ries with Aziz An­sari, who is the cre­ator, pro­ducer, di­rec­tor and lead ac­tor. “I did the au­di­tion here in Lon­don,” said the ac­tress, who has been liv­ing in the English cap­i­tal for about a year with her boyfriend, Ir­ish col­league Liam Mcma­hon. “Aziz asked me in a re­cent in­ter­view, ‘Do you know me? You know me?’ I had no idea, and so I told him. For me, go­ing out on a limb is al­ways bet­ter, even if it does cause a bit of anx­i­ety”. Anx­i­ety has also arisen in her meet­ings with Karl Lager­feld, the well-known de­signer now col­lab­o­rat­ing with Chanel. Mastronardi be­came the first Ital­ian to play the role of brand am­bas­sador. “I’m very sug­ges­tive, which is why I speak very lit­tle,” said the ac­tress. “Once we prac­ti­cally ran into each other out­side the bath­room at a party in Cannes, I was wear­ing one of his creations and he told me in all se­ri­ous­ness: ‘Lovely. And here was me think­ing that it wouldn’t fit.” And he left. I stood there for five min­utes won­der­ing if he had paid me a com­pli­ment or not.”

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