Martina Stella

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Martina Stella
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Martina Stella in 2007
Born Martina Stella
(1984-11-28) November 28, 1984 (age 32)
Florence, Italy
Website http://www.martinastella.it

Martina Stella (born November 28, 1984) is an Italian actress and screenwriter.

Acting career

Stella made her cinematic debut at the age of 16 in 2001 in L'ultimo bacio. The film was a success in Italy,[1] and was nominated for multiple David di Donatello awards, including Best Film.

L'ultimo bacio was released internationally, with the title The Last Kiss for English-speaking audiences. Reviews of Stella's performance as Francesca, a beautiful teenager who seduces Carlo (Stefano Accorsi) a man in a committed relationship, were generally positive. One American reviewer compared her to "a young Reese Witherspoon",[2] while another described her portrayal in greater depth:

In an American movie, Francesca would be presented as a virgin with a Britney Spears-like come-on or trivialized as a mindless bimbo. In "The Last Kiss," she's presented without judgment as a normal, sexually active girl with a lot to learn about men. It's a balanced and sympathetic portrait.[3]

Stella proceeded to build a career as an actress in Italian films, including 2002's Amnèsia, which was directed by past Academy Award-winner Gabriele Salvatores. Her film career has also included a small role in the 2004 Hollywood movie Ocean's Twelve. She studied English for her role in the 2009 Rob Marshall film Nine.[4]

Stella made her theatrical debut in 2002 in Aggiungi un posto a tavola,[5] and briefly returned to the stage in 2006 in Romeo e Giulietta. Stella has also played lead roles in various Italian television projects, including the miniseries Le ragazze di San Frediano and Piper.

Other media

In July 2014, AMBI Group announced it had optioned the rights to Stella's screenplay O.O.B.I., which in June 2014 won the award for Best Screenplay at the third edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Toronto.[6]

Stella has been a spokesperson for various commercial products (primarily clothing and cosmetics) and for several charitable causes.

Stella often visits Italian television talk shows to promote her acting projects and interests. She has also been a prank victim on Italian television's Scherzi a Parte, and she acted in the music video for the song "Eternal woman" by the Belgian band dEUS.

Personal life

Stella began dating hair stylist Gabriele Gregorini in 2011. In May 2012, Stella announced she had become pregnant with Gregorini's child,[7] and on October 30, 2012 their daughter Ginevra was born.[8] In 2014, Stella and Gregorini split.[9]

Filmography

Cinema

Year Film Role Other notes
2001 L'ultimo bacio Francesca Directed by Gabriele Muccino
2002 Amnèsia Luce Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Nemmeno in un sogno Vale
Un amore perfetto Laura
2004 Ocean's Twelve Nagel’s assistant Directed by Steven Soderbergh
2008 K. Il bandito Clara
Il mattino ha l'oro in bocca Cristina
Il seme della discordia Nike
2009 Nine Donatella Directed by Rob Marshall
Un'estate ai Caraibi Laura Directed by Carlo Vanzina
2010 Ti presento un amico Gabriella Directed by Carlo Vanzina
2014 Sapore di te Anna Directed by Carlo Vanzina

Television

Year Film Role Other notes
2003 Imperium: Augustus Young Livia
2004 Le stagioni del cuore Emma Valenti
2006 La freccia nera Giovanna Bentivoglio di Fanes Television miniseries
2007 Le ragazze di San Frediano Silvana Television miniseries
Piper Milena
2009 Donne assassine Patrizia
2011 Tiberio Mitri: il campione e la miss Fulvia Franco
Angeli e diamanti Giorgia
Tutti pazzi per amore 3 Elisa Trombetti
2012 Caruso, la voce dell'amore Rina Giachetti

References

  1. ^ "Tornano gli amici de 'L'ultimo bacio' (in Italian)". Repubblica.it. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  2. ^ Jules Verdone (2002-09-20). "The Last Kiss Movie Review". Boston.com. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  3. ^ Mick LaSalle (2002-09-13). "Kissing off the fairy tale / Sex comedy shows love's dark and scary underbelly". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ Giuseppina Marin (2008-11-12). "Martina Stella fra le star" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Giffoni Film Festival: Martina Stella, bella, giovane e determinata" (in Italian). Rockol.it. 2003-07-21. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  6. ^ "AMBI options thriller O.O.B.I.," ScreenDaily, 8 July 2014
  7. ^ "Martina Stella è incinta" (in Italian). Mediaset.it. 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Martina Stella è diventata mamma di Ginevra" (in Italian). Giornale di Puglia. 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  9. ^ "Martina Stella mamma single: "Io e Gabriele Gregorini ci siamo lasciati"" (in Italian). Mediaset.it. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 

External links

  • Martina Stella on IMDb
  • Official website
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