Born in 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria. By 1989, was a prominent fashion model in Paris and in New York City. Most famous film roles were in Bram Stoker's Dracula, Malena, The Passion of Christ and The Matrix Reloaded.
[Talking about why she will not move to Hollywood to further her film career]: "I could never live there. They are obsessed with youth and beauty even more than us. There is this thing in America where actresses reach 40 and go mad. The film industry wants all these young people. They also like a different sort of woman (to me). I will never be skinny. I also had a child a year ago, and I have been lazy. I love to eat. Who cares? I am natural."
Monica Bellucci at 46 as compared to an average 40 yr old actress.
"I'm not scared by nudity, because for me, nothing is more beautiful than a body. You can have such an amazing emotion from a body. In Irreversible (2002), I treated my body like it was an object and it's great when you can have this kind of relation with your body, it's a part of your job, an object you can work with. When you can have this kind of freedom it's the moment where you can give your best as an actress".
Monica Bellucci's amazing emotions.......
"I live in Paris but I feel I am a daughter of Europe".
Europe's other daughters.
"I think this is something that touches every country - America, Italy, France, England, all over. You will see all these people, they don't know how to sing, they don't know how to dance, and still they become famous. You know, just celebrities. And I think this is a very dangerous process".
She may be onto something here.
"After love, the man sleeps, while the woman reflects".
Monica Bellucci with husband Vincent Cassel.