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The new wave of Italian actresses in Hollywood

There’s a new wave of Italian actresses in Hollywood! Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani and Claudia Cardinale (to name a few) have paved the way for their successors in Hollywood who are now climbing up the ladder of success between Italy and America. Here there are the three actresses that have already gain international recognition thanks to their unquestionable talent.

The new wave of Italian actresses in Hollywood

Sabrina Impacciatore

Her debut on the silver screen dates back to 1999 when she joined the production of a movie titled “Il Compagno” based on the novel of the same name by Cesare Pavese. Year 2001 marks a turning point for Sabrina’s career as she was cast in the movie “L’ultimo Bacio” by Gabriele Muccino (the Italian director of movies like The Pursuit of HappinessSeven Pounds and Playing for Keeps). This movie will also be have an American version by director Tony Goldwyn and starring Zach Braff, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck and Jacinda Barrett.

In 2004 she joined the cast of the movie “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson where she played the role of Veronica, the woman who helps the Christ during the passion and cleans his face with a linen cloth. In the same movie there is also the Italian actress Claudia Gerini (who plays Pilatus’ wife).

The White Lotus and the international fame

She was busy on a movie set on on the Dolomites when she got the call from her agent saying that the director Mike White was struggling to find an actress to play Valentina. She was reluctant to sent her audition tape since she was very busy, but with the help of some friends and almost two days of taping, she was finally able to send her tape to the casting director of The White Lotus. Long story short she got a call by her agent saying that she was stunning and that the production company loved her work. A few weeks later she was playing Valentina in the White Lotus with Jennifer CoolidgeAubrey PlazaTheo James and Michael Imperioli.

Irene Muscarà

Born and raised in Messina in 1984 (Sicily) from a Sicilian father and a Milanese mother, Irene moved to Milan in 2003 to study foreign languages at the Catholic University.
After her graduation she moved to Moscow (Russia) where she joined the Russian Academy of Dramatic Art (GITIS) and graduated in 2011.

Russian Institute of Theatre Arts GITIS by right is not only the greatest in Europe, but also one of the most prestigious schools of Drama at home and abroad.

GITIS Website

In Moscow she worked in cinema, television and theatre joining the production of movies such as “Dvizhenie vverkh“(Lit. Upward movement): based on real events that occurred at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. It focuses on a legendary final battle between the USSR and US basketball teams. She also co-starred in the sci-fi movie Titanium where ten prisoners condemned to exile on a hostile planet, XT-59, must clear their way through a dangerous swamp to gain their freedom.

In 2016 she participated in the United Solo Festival in New York, with the monologue “GATE A33” which she wrote and performed in Russian, winning the award for best actress. In 2018 Irene created a monologue in which she played five female characters from Anton Chekhov’s plays, “The Five Sisters”.

I know this much is true: a breakthrough role

In 2020 Irene Muscarà was cast as Prosperina in the show “I Know this Much is True” where she worked with Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo and Rosie O’Donnell. The show was widely acclaimed by the critics and earned Mark Ruffalo a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

In the role of Prosperina she portrays an Italian immigrant, the sister of Ignazia, Mark Ruffalo’s character’s grandmother.

Irene is now based in Rome where thanks to her impeccable talent, interpretative eclecticism and determination has obtained roles in films such as “Il Comandante” with Pierfrancesco Favino (Night at the Museum, The Chronicles of Narnia, World War Z) presented at the 2023 Venice Film Festival and “L’ Anima in Pace” by Ciro Formisano.

She is also touring Italy with a play written by herself based on the novel “Everything Flows” by Russian author and journalist Vasily Grossman.

Alessandra Mastronardi

Born in Naples in 1986 Alessandra then moved to Rome at age of 5. Following a diploma in classical studies in 1998 she had her first role in the Italian tv show “Amico Mio (Friend of mine)”. Her breakthrough role in the Italian entertainment industry came a few years after when she obtained the role of Eva in one of the most pupular Italina TV show callled “I Cesaroni” which tells the story of a Roman family and their daily troubles.

As per her movie roles Alessandra mastronardi had a secondary role in the movie “La bestia nel cuore (The beast in the heart)” by Cristina Comencini which was nominated as “Best International Feature Film” in 2006, loosing to Tsotsie (South Africa).

In 2011 show joined the production of Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love” and worked in Dublin and Belgrade for the TV Movie “Titanic: Blood and Steele” whre she played the role of Sofia.

Master of None with Aziz Ansari

In 2017 Alessandra Mastronardi played the role of Francesca, Aziz Ansari‘s character’s love interest in the show “Master of None” created by Ansari and Alan Yang. The first season of the show earned to Ansari a PrimeTime Emmy award for “Best Writing” while the second season had received extremely positive reviews and a second Emmy Award in 2017:

“Master of None was critically acclaimed. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 100% based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 8.5 out of 10; the site’s commentary reads: «Exceptionally executed with charm, humor and heart, Master of None offers a refreshingly unconventional take on a familiar premise». Season 2 has an approval rating of 100% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 9.12 out of 10”

About her role Alessadra has shared some insights about her casting process in London through an interview to Vanity Fair

“I did the audition here in London. Aziz asked me: do you know me? Do you know who I am? I had no idea, and I told him. Going a little wild is always better for me, otherwise I’ll get ‘anxiety”.

Vanity Fair Italia

Thsi role gained her international recognition and in 2019 she was chosen has the Godmother of the Venice Film Festival.

Sabrina, Irene and Alessandra surely are contributing to build a reputation of Italian talent in the movie industry and represent the so-called new wave of Italian actresses in Hollywood following the path that Italian divas like Gina Lollobrigida and Virna Lisi paved for them.

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