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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


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