A healthy dose of op­ti­mism, cour­tesy of Ital­ian ac­tress Matilda Lutz.

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just when you thought it was safe to watch cursed video­tapes again, there’s a new movie in The Ring fran­chise com­ing to a screen near you and star­ring new­comer Matilda Lutz.*

A sunny 24-year-old with the barest hint of a Euro­pean lilt, Lutz, the daugh­ter of a famed Ital­ian fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher, is unashamedly liv­ing the Amer­i­can dream. “If you say you’re an ac­tor in Italy, they kind of laugh in your face—it’s like it’s not a job,” ex­plains Lutz, who moved to Los An­ge­les two years ago. “When I came here, I just fell in love with the fact that you can do any­thing you want. I felt like I could re­ally, re­ally be my­self. So I called my mom and said I wasn’t com­ing home!” (Lutz had been in the United States on a month­long break from study­ing sci­ence in Mi­lan.) De­spite hav­ing done a bit of act­ing in Italy, Lutz had to go through the usual An­ge­leno trial of “ac­tress by night, wait­ress by day” un­til land­ing her break­out part in this year’s Rings.

As is in­evitable when you’re talk­ing to the star of a hor­ror movie, the con­ver­sa­tion first turns to things Lutz is afraid of—open wa­ter, be­ing in a for­est in the dark and bees (ever since she was swarmed while on a scooter in Greece)—and then it turns to the things she doesn’t fear (at least not any­more), like free-fall­ing out of a plane: “I was re­ally scared of fly­ing when I was lit­tle, but I re­cently went sky­div­ing, and it was the best ex­pe­ri­ence of my life. You’re present like you’ve never felt be­fore. You’re just think­ing of you be­ing in the air and feel­ing the wind on your body and your face.” And next, with the kind of re­lent­less op­ti­mism that Amer­ica was built on, Lutz names the thing that scares most of us silly: what lies ahead. “It’s not use­ful to panic about the fu­ture. I have goals, but I don’t ex­pect things. I just live ev­ery day and see what life brings me.” *You only have seven days to live af­ter read­ing this pro­file. Jok­ing. Maybe.

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