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‘I have two kids, so I’ve slowed down!’ says Monica Bellucci. 

The bilingual Italian actor is working hard to overcome stage fear in order to portray opera diva Maria Callas. For over four decades, Monica Bellucci has been questioned about her beauty. Many male journalists have been overheated as a result o

The bilingual Italian actor is working hard to overcome stage fear in order to portray opera diva Maria Callas. For over four decades, Monica Bellucci has been questioned about her beauty. Many male journalists have been overheated as a result of the Italian-born actress, who began her career as a model and boasts the somewhat dubious distinction of being the oldest Bond girl. In 2004, one interviewer described her as “a distillation of every Italian perfection,” mentioning how she “brushes the cappuccino froth off her lips with the long, unpainted nails of her exquisite fingers.” 

Bellucci, who is sitting across from me in a quiet corner of a Paris hotel bar, looks to sip her coffee like a normal person (and gently worries when I don’t order any). When I inquire about these breathless reports, she pauses before responding, “It’s funny. It’s merely a fiction that persists for no apparent reason since no one believes it. I don’t think so. “Neither does the other guy.” Is she even reading them? “No. “It may be quite dull,” she remarks sarcastically. 

Unlike most actors, Bellucci, whose credits include Italian and French arthouse films as well as blockbusters like The Matrix sequels and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, isn’t here to discuss a film. Instead, she just added a new string to her bow, making her theatrical debut in Tom Volf’s Maria Callas: Letters and Memoirs. Following its premiere in Paris, it travelled to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. Bellucci was scheduled to play it in December at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, but Omicron struck. The event has been rescheduled for April. 

You have all those people in front of you, and you have to cope with all of these energy — I’m still afraid even now. The performance is based on Volf’s 2019 book of the same name, which included 350 of Callas’ unfinished memoirs with 350 of her letters. Bellucci overcome a lifetime of stage fear to sing the legendary soprano’s writings. She has turned down countless opportunities to act in plays throughout the years. “I would never have imagined that,” she adds. When I ask how she’s doing in the run-up to the 2020 premiere, she laughs sharply. “Bad. You have all of those people in front of you, and you have to cope with all of these energy — I’m constantly afraid even today.” 

Volf was recommended to Bellucci by a friend, he recounts over the phone, and paid her a visit at her home in Paris to persuade her to accept the part. He’s a photographer and filmmaker who has made a profession out of being a Callas fan since 2013. In addition to three books on the singer, he created the 2017 documentary Maria by Callas, which presented her tale in her own words. “Do you know how love at first sight works?” Volf recalls the first time he heard Bellucci read Callas’ letters. “It seemed like she received a feel of her mood and state of mind right away.” There was a window in there that allowed light stream on Monica’s face, and I could see part of Callas.” 

Maria Callas: Letters and Memoirs delves into the prominent opera singer’s love of her craft as well as her tumultuous personal life, which included a lengthy love affair with shipping mogul Aristotle Onassis (who ostensibly left her to marry Jackie Kennedy). The show digs into her lonely last years as well: “You get the impression that, in the end, all she has is the music,” Bellucci adds. “Everything else is gone.” 

Finally, the secret to Bellucci’s stage fright came from Callas’ wardrobe: a 1960s black Yves Saint Laurent gown acquired from a Milan collection. Was it necessary to make any changes? “No, it was wonderful,” Bellucci adds, her voice barely audible. She is thinking of having a copy created to prevent ruining it, but she has been resisting the notion for a long time for one simple reason: “I was terrified to perform without that outfit.” Art in its early stages: The infant as Blackrock Road creative consultant Reggie prepares to leap from camera to stage Sh*t: This scathing performance is vulgar but not meaningful. Bellucci performs the act in French, Italian, or English depending on the locale, a feat she dismisses, pointing out that Callas knew all three languages as well and “had an accent wherever she was speaking.” Bellucci often dubs her own sequences, allowing Italian and French audiences to recognize her voice in English-language films. “When you want to convey anything, it simply flows effortlessly if you’re into it.” 

Bellucci isn’t the only adopted Italian he’s now playing. She wore a blond wig in Antongiulio Panizzi’s The Girl in the Fountain, which premiered at the Torino Film Festival in the fall. The title alludes to Anita Ekberg’s iconic sequence in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Bellucci portrays an actor who is charged with impersonating Ekberg, who was born in Sweden. “She remained in Rome but should have fled,” Bellucci says of Ekberg’s post-Dolce Vita existence. “Everything seemed to be so lovely and wonderful, but living in Rome ruined her.” Ekberg met “the wrong guy,” she says, likely referring to actor Anthony Steel, whom Ekberg married and subsequently characterized as exceedingly jealous. “It’s interesting, there’s a photo of Callas at the premiere of La Dolce Vita,” Bellucci adds. She believes Ekberg and Callas have a lot in common. “They’re both ladies who sought to be free at a terrible period.” They were self-sufficient via their job, but remained slaves in their hearts.” 

Bellucci, who was born in Umbria and briefly studied law, seldom talks publicly about her own celebrity marriage, which lasted from 1999 to 2013, with French actor Vincent Cassel. They met while making a French film, The Apartment, and went on to collaborate on other films, including Gaspar Noé’s uber-violent Irréversible. When she describes Callas’ capacity to live life “with great emotions,” I inquire whether she shares this passion. “Not like that,” she responds, laughing. “I’ve slowed down since I have two children!” Despite the fact that her role as Persephone in the Matrix sequels (including a sensual kiss with Keanu Reeves) helped to build her fame in Hollywood in the early 2000s, Bellucci says she is pleased she remained in Europe. “In America, the idea of VIP is different. Actors live more routinely in Europe, including London. I drive my children to school. I went to the grocery to get some groceries.” 

When her parents were sick with Covid in 2020, the epidemic caused some family concerns. Bellucci was abroad from Italy at the time, staying in Biarritz with her girls to be near to Cassel, who spends part of the year there. Her older daughter Deva, now 17, who had just begun a modeling career, was hit the worst by the epidemic. “It’s more challenging when you’re young and want to see your buddies,” Bellucci explains. Deva was first recognized when she was 14 years old, while attending a photo session with her mother. “When they saw her, they exclaimed, ‘Oh my God, we want to do something with her.'” But she was too little, so we had to wait a while.” They didn’t have to wait long: Deva became the face of a Dolce & Gabbana perfume that same year, and she’s since graced catwalks and magazine covers. Her love life has already gotten a lot of attention in the French press. “She has one foot in school and regular life,” Bellucci adds, and the other in “the adult world.” She understands what it is like to work.” Deva’s every move is watched by 600,000 Instagram followers, and Bellucci feels social media has helped her daughter’s generation sidestep gatekeepers. “She believes it’s simpler for them than for us because when you have skill, you can show it immediately away.” Being the daughter of two well-known actors may also help bring your skills to the forefront. We live in an image-driven culture, but the job isn’t about aesthetics. You can’t work for more than five minutes if it’s just about aesthetics. Still, Bellucci is protective, and she was relieved to see that the profession had become less catty since her days as a full-time model. “Young people nowadays are less competitive than in the past, and they are more responsible,” she argues. “Categories were also more restricted: modeling and acting couldn’t coexist.” That is no longer the case.” 

Bellucci applauds models like Emily Ratajkowski for speaking up about what it’s like to be objectified as a young woman. Bellucci considers herself fortunate. “I began when I was very little, but I was also attending school.” Then, when I got into cinema, I was 25 and self-sufficient. “I was already sheltered when I entered the world of movies.” She remembers playing in Malèna, a Harvey Weinstein-produced film from 2000, in which she portrayed the target of everyone’s desire in a tiny Sicilian hamlet. She solely interacted with the film’s Italian director, Giuseppe Tornatore. “Tornatore was the one who picked me.” “I believe Miramax wanted another actress – one who was more renowned than me.” Bellucci, as she frequently does, got the last laugh, delivering one of her many praised performances. “We live in an image society,” she explains, “but the job isn’t about beauty.” You can’t work for more than five minutes if it’s just about aesthetics.” – The Guardian

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Who Looks More Stunning in a Red Dress, Scarlett Johansson or Elizabeth Olsen?

The youngest Olsen sibling, formerly dwarfed by her older sisters, has grown up. She claims to be 32, although she seems much younger. At Saturday night’s 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles, Elizabeth wowed in a bold red sheer lace Zuhair Murad outfit that highlighted her amazing physique. The actress looked both sultry and refined in her choice of wardrobe. One of the actors that caught our attention was Elizabeth Olsen, who donned a Zuhair Murad bespoke gown and Jimmy Choo stiletto sandals. Her all-ruby-red outfit is stunning and clearly draws inspiration from the designer’s spring/summer 2018 collection. A thin lace dress like Elizabeth’s would look stunning in this colour of red for an evening out on the town. The midi-length gown accentuates her figure thanks to the mirror-image lace work down the garment and the corset-style bodice. Check out her attire below: –

Scarlett Johansson, who also appeared in “The Avengers,” wore a garment quite identical to the one in question. She didn’t wear it to an event, but the photographs she snapped of herself in it are undeniably sultry. Her hair was done in a classic updo, and she wore minimal makeup. Her cherry red dress matched the colour of lipstick she was carrying, and her eyes were captivating. While the overall style of her clothing was comparable to that of Elizabeth’s, the shearing pattern was unique to her own. Look at Scarlett in that dress: –

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How Monica Bellucci always looks so young

30 September 2014 The actress Monica Bellucci will be 50. She is still one of the most stunning and seductive ladies on the planet despite being far from youthful.

A gathering was hosted in Moscow in March 2014 to celebrate the launch of a new Dolce & Gabbana store. The party’s primary attraction was the incomparable Monica Bellucci. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, two fashion designers, and the actress have a close bond. In the late 1980s, Bellucci made her modeling debut in the Dolce & Gabbana show. She has been promoting this fashion brand’s clothing, perfumes, and cosmetics for about ten years now. The journalists, Russian celebrities, and ordinary admirers of her talent described the Italian actress as luxurious, sophisticated, exquisite, and singular. The actress, who is approaching her 50th birthday, looks gorgeous despite her recent divorce.

One of the few women who age gracefully is Monica Bellucci. She encourages all women to follow her lead because she has figured out how to accept herself at any age. The Italian beauty’s visage makes it clear that she resisted the trend for “beauty injections” and only occasionally makes use of cosmetic surgery’s advancements. This makes Monica Bellucci appear really authentic. Bellucci is stunning without makeup and has traditionally attractive facial features. However, the actress acknowledges that she finds it impossible to envision her existence without makeup. She loves lipstick and mascara for beauty goods. Her brown eyes are highlighted by the eyeshadow’s delicate selection of light gray or brown hues.

The key elements of Monica Bellucci’s look include a floor-length dress, high heels, natural makeup, and beautiful black hair. This actress has frequently appeared on lists of the sexiest and most attractive women in the world. The Italian movie star’s physique might be used as the benchmark for femininity. She doesn’t make an effort to meet the expectations of beauty set by Hollywood and the fashion industry. Monica’s weight stabilized at around 68 kg after the birth of her second child, but the actress was in no rush to start a diet. She was breastfeeding, which was her main concern.

Monica Bellucci has frequently stated that she doesn’t take any additional measures to maintain her physical fitness. She doesn’t exercise or follow a diet. The actress chuckles and says, “I’m too lazy for that.” The actress prefers to wear black clothing that conceals her imperfections rather than working out at a gym until she is exhausted. If she wants to drop weight for a certain job, she just switches to lower-calorie foods, and the pounds naturally disappear. With a height of 175 centimeters, Monica weighs between 64 and 66 kg. By Hollywood standards, this is almost a catastrophe. However, Bellucci has always stood out since she never tried to uphold the standards.

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Unknown Facts About Monica Bellucci

Italian model and actress Monica Anna Maria Bellucci. She is frequently considered as one of the most stunning ladies in the world.

About Monica Bellucci

The only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci, Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964, in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria.

She holds Italian nationality. Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci’s only child is Monica Bellucci.

When Monica Bellucci was a teenager, she began modeling. She first appeared in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Apartment after working as a model. Early in the 1990s, Bellucci’s film career got underway.

She cemented her status as an actress in 1996 when she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her depiction of Lisa in The Apartment.

Bellucci played Persephone in the popular science-fiction sequel to The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, which debuted in 2003. The two were nominated for best kiss at the MTV Movie Awards for their on-screen liplock with co-star Keanu Reeves.

Two national publications claim that Italian is regarded as a sex symbol.

After that, Bellucci focused on all things biblical, portraying Mary Magdalene to Jim Caviezel’s Jesus in the Mel Gibson-directed The Passion of the Christ (2004). Immediately after that, Bellucci starred as the Mirror Queen alongside Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the title characters in the fantasy-action adventure The Brothers Grimm (2005).

She briefly studied law before opting to pursue modeling.

Bellucci Love Life

In 1990, she wed the photographer Claudio Basso; however, the couple separated in 1994.

Claudio Carlos Basso 1. (1990-1994)
Vincent Cassel 2. (1999-2013)

Bellucci continued to split her time between Hollywood assignments and European film appearances. She co-starred in the 2000 film Under Suspicion alongside Gene Hackman, and the same year, she won praise for her moving portrayal of a wife who is torn apart by war in the Italian-language drama Malèna.

Before divorcing in 2013, she married Vincent Cassel, with whom she had two daughters: Deva in 2004 and Leonie in 2010.

Bellucci Family

1. Deva Cassel (daughter with Vincent Cassel)
2. Léonie Cassel (daughter with Vincent Cassel)

Leonie and Deva

She posed half-naked for the Italian Vanity Fair magazine’s April 2010 issue while she was carrying her daughter Deva in 2004 in an effort to draw attention to the country’s ban on sperm donations.

Bellucci continued to split her time between Hollywood assignments and European film appearances. She co-starred in the 2000 film Under Suspicion alongside Gene Hackman, and the same year, she won praise for her moving portrayal of a wife who is torn apart by war in the Italian-language drama Malèna.

Later, Bellucci co-starred with Rachel Weisz in the 2010 true-crime film The Whistleblower and Robert De Niro in the 2011 Italian romantic comedy The Ages of Love. She also gained notoriety when she was chosen to play the next “Bond Girl” opposite Daniel Craig in the 2015 film Spectre, making her the oldest actress to ever portray the superspy’s love interest in the James Bond film series.

It was named Dolce & Gabbana’s advertising spokesperson in 2012.

Bellucci and her then-husband Cassel co-starred in the historical action movie Brotherhood of the Wolf two years later.

Monica is dating Mountain Jew millionaire and entrepreneur Telman Ismailov.

Monica Bellucci and Telman Ismailov

Ettore Scola’s A Special Day is her favorite film. Her favorite actresses are Claudia Cardinale and Sophia Loren. She can sing, and acting is his love.

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