"My body is so important to me...my face, my arms, my legs, my hands, my eyes, everything. I use everything I have." Monica Bellucci
Italian actress Monica Bellucci was first tossed toward the spotlight while portraying the title role of Malena (2000) in her country's film with the same. Making her Hollywood debut appearance in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Bellucci later landed roles in such films as L'Appartement (1996), Under Suspicion (2000), Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Irreversible, Brotherhood of the Wolf (all three in 2002), Tears of the Sun and Remember Me, My Love (both in 2003). Best remembered for playing Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss), Bellucci appeared in the more recent films The Passion of the Christ, She Hate Me, Agents secrets and The Brothers Grimm.
5' 9" tall Bellucci, who has 35C-24-35 measurements, is also a model and is the face of the perfume "Sicily" by Dolce & Gabbana. Personally, this black-haired beauty was once engaged to actor Nicola Farron (1989-1995) and is currently the wife of actor Vincent Cassel. "Beauty becomes alive and interesting when it's habited." Monica Bellucci
Childhood and Family:
"I feel fine and comfortable with myself, but not because I'm beautiful. I know many beautiful people and their lives are just so terrible. They feel so uncomfortable with themselves. Being comfortable is not about what you look like, but how you feel. I'm a lucky person because I've been loved a lot. I have a great family." Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci, nicknamed Monique, was born on September 30, 1964, in Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy. Her father owns a trucking company and she is the daughter-in-law of Jean-Pierre Cassel. Monica once studied law at the University of Perugia in Italy.
"When I'll be old, I'd rather watch my children than my films." Monica Bellucci
In 1999, Bellucci tied the knot with actor Vincent Cassel (born on November 23, 1966). The couple welcomed their first daughter, Deva Cassel, on September 12, 2004, in Rome, Italy.
Remember Me, My Love
"Being an actress is the sublimation of femininity." Monica Bellucci Initially taking modeling jobs to earn money for her studies, Monica Bellucci later dropped out of college and packed for Europe in 1988 to further her modeling career. She signed with Elite Model Management and subsequently posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French ELLE.
Entering the 1990s, Bellucci made the transition to acting by debuting in the Italian films Vita coi figli (Life With the Sons, TV) and Marco Modugno's Briganti (a.k.a. Bandits: Love and Liberty). She followed it up with starring roles in Francesco Laudadio's Riffa, La (1991) and Gianfranco Albano's Ostinato destino (1992).
Bellucci flew to America and landed in Francis Ford Coppola's screen version of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992, with Keanu Reeves, Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder), playing one of Dracula's brides. She also returned to Europe and starred in films like Mitici, I (1994), Palla di neve (1995, a.k.a. Snowball) and Cielo è sempre più blu, Il (1995, a.k.a. Bits and Pieces). The next year, she teamed with future husband Vincent Cassel in Gilles Mimouni's L'Appartement (a.k.a. The Apartment) and was nominated for a César Award in the Most Promising Young Actress category.
After starring in Mauro Cappelloni's Stressati (1997), Bellucci reunited with Vincent Cassel to play murderous bank robbers in Jan Kounen's infamous thriller Dobermann (1997). She then added to her acting resume such European films as the 1997 Come mi vuoi (a.k.a. As You Want Me) and 1998's Plaisir (et ses petits tracas), Le (a.k.a. Pleasure (And Its Little Inconveniences)), Compromis, Ultimo capodanno, L' (a.k.a. Humanity's Last New Year's Eve) and A los que aman (a.k.a. Those Who Love).
Comme un poisson hors de l'eau (1999, a.k.a. Like a Fish Out of Water), Méditerranées (1999) and Franck Spadone (2000) were Bellucci's film works before returning to the Hollywood screen to costar in Stephen Hopkins' Under Suspicion (2000, alongside Morgan Freeman). In the crime drama, based on John Wainwright's book and Claude Miller's 1981 screenplay, Monica played Gene Hackman's trophy wife, Chantal Hearst. As for her modeling job, Bellucci stripped for a calendar for the Italian magazine Max in 1998 and the Italian magazine GQ in 2000.
Bellucci became the widow of a local soldier, Maléna (2000), in Giuseppe Tornatore's romantic drama film with the same name. The film received rave reviews, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and helped Bellucci catapult her name toward recognition. Afterward, she rejoined husband Vincent Cassel in Christophe Gans' Pacte des loups, Le (2001, a.k.a. Brotherhood of the Wolf) and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award from the U.S. Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. Next, Bellucci starred as Cleopatra in Alain Chabat's family comedy movie based on the comic book Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002, alongside Gérard Depardieu and Christian Clavier).
In Gaspar Noé' Irreversible (2002), Bellucci starred with husband Vincent Cassel again, playing Alex, his girlfriend who is raped by a stranger. She then played a role in Gabriele Muccino's romantic comedy Ricordati di me (2003, a.k.a. Remember Me, My Love), which handed her a Silver Ribbon Award for Best Supporting Actress. She then portrayed a doctor who is rescued by Bruce Willis' character in Antoine Fuqua's action thriller Tears of the Sun (2003). Moviegoers may best remember Monica as the beautiful Persephone in the Wachowski brothers' sci-fi action sequels: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss).
More recent, Bellucci portrayed Mary Magdalena in Mel Gibson's controversial blockbuster The Passion of the Christ and teamed with husband Vincent Cassel as French crack secret agents in Frédéric Schoendoerffer's action thriller Agents secrets. She also costarred with Anthony Mackie in Spike Lee's comedy She Hate Me and just completed Terry Gilliam's sci-fi thriller The Brothers Grimm (alongside Matt Damon and Heath Ledger). She is currently scheduled to work in the upcoming films Combien tu m'aimes?, N - Napoléon, Concile de Pierre, Le and Centricity.
"Acting is not words. Holly Hunter didn't speak in "The Piano," and she won an Oscar." Monica Bellucci
- Silver Ribbon Awards: Best Supporting Actress, Ricordati Di Me, 2003
- Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival: President Award - Star on the Horizon, 2002