She was a model and played the role of Mary Magdalene: 5 little-known facts about Monica Bellucci

By SSPDaily editionJan 13, 2024 02:47 AMShowbiz
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5 little-known facts about Monica Bellucci
5 little-known facts about Monica Bellucci. Source: thereviewmag.co.uk

Monica Bellucci is the epitome of elegance, beauty, and cinematic skill. Hailing from the charming town of Città di Castello (Umbria), she has left an indelible mark on both modeling and acting industries. Her path from a law student to a world-famous actress is as interesting as her on-screen images. SSPDaily has collected 5 interesting facts about this personality that will definitely impress you.

An unexpected turn in her career

Bellucci's path to fame was ordinary. She was prepared for a life in the field of law, which she began to study at the University of Perugia. However, in 1988, she decided to abandon her legal aspirations and entered the world of modeling. Milan, the heart of European fashion, became her canvas. She embarked on an amazing journey under the guidance of modeling agent Piero Piazza.

Rise in the fashion world

At the age of 25, she had already conquered the fashion capitals of Paris and New York. Brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle were happy to have her as their muse. Her face graced the covers of many magazines, and her success affected the fashion industry. Her charming presence on the cover of Esquire's Desire magazine in February 2001 is particularly memorable.

A love story

Bellucci's personal life was also hidden behind the glamor. She was married twice. Both marriages ended in divorce. The first time was with Italian photographer Claudio Carlos Basso, with whom she lived for only 18 months. Her marriage to the French actor Vincent Cassel, whom she met on the set of the movie The Apartment in 1996, proved to be more durable. The couple had two children, Diva and Leonie. However, their paths diverged later. In 2013, the couple divorced.

Acting career

Bellucci's transition from modeling to acting was an undeniable success. One of her most notable roles is Mary Magdalene in Mel Gibson's biblical drama The Passion of the Christ (2004). Her role was a testament to her versatility, leaving an indelible mark on the film industry.

Her reflections on the role reflect her own philosophy are as follows, "I am an agnostic, although I respect and am interested in all religions. If I believe in anything, it's in a mysterious energy, the one that fills the oceans at high tide and that connects nature and people."

Bond girls

Monica Bellucci's filmography has several striking works, one of the most memorable being her role in Spectre, released in 2015 as part of the James Bond franchise. Her casting was revolutionary. At the age of 51, during filming, she became the oldest Bond girl in the history of the cult series.

Her portrayal of Sciarra added a new level of sophistication and appeal to the film's universe. After that, her diverse filmography continued to develop, proving that she is an actress who defies age norms.

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