Giovanna Antonelli

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Antonelli and the second or paternal family name is Prado.
Giovanna Antonelli
The actress Giovanna Antonelli.jpg
Born Giovanna Antonelli Prado
(1976-03-18) March 18, 1976 (age 38)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation Actress, associate producer, television presenter
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Ricardo Medina (1997–2001)
Roberto LoCascio (2007)
Partner(s) Murilo Benício (2001–05)
Leonardo Nogueira (2009–present)
Children 1 son, 2 daughters

Giovanna Antonelli Prado (was born on March 18, 1976) is a Brazilian actress, television presenter and producer.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Antonelli was born on March 18, 1976, in Rio de Janeiro. She is the daughter of Hilton Prado and dancer Suelly Antonelli. She also has one older brother, Leonard.[1]

Giovanna started her career when she was 14. Her artistic career began on the children's program Angélica of the Rede Manchete. She was an "Angelicat" (the assistant of Angélica). Her early works include television series Tropicaliente, Tocaia Grande, Xica da Silva, Corpo Dourado, Força de um Desejo and Você Decide.

Popular actress[edit]

Antonelli got her first important role in Malhação. She portrayed Isa Pasqualete from 1995 to 2000. In 2000, she portrayed Sharon in 2000 film Bossa Nova.

After her film debut, she got the role of Capitu in 2000 telenovela Laços de Família. She says that those girls, just like Capitu, are very smart. They receive a good education and they escort their customers to important lunches, dinners; sex is not always the most important part of the encounter. After that role, Giovanna has played Mary Magdalene in the theater show Jesus Christ Superstar.

In 2001, she portrayed Jade on O Clone, and her co-star was Murilo Benício.[2] The big success of this multicultural telenovela was enormous, and Giovanna traveled a lot to promote it together with Benício. The role of young Muslim girl Jade in O Clone was very demanding for her, she practiced belly dancing 6 hours a day for 2 months so that when she danced it would look like she has it in her blood. It is an obstacle for them to marry because her uncle Ali does not allow her to marry a Christian. She is forced to marry Said other Muslim guy. But at the end she gets back with Lucas. In 2002, she acted in the movie Avassaladoras. A year later, Giovanna played the role of Brazilian heroine from Santa Catarina, Anita Ana Garibaldi, in mini-series A Casa das Sete Mulheres. That role was very important for her and once again she worked with director Jayme Monjardim, and many great actors like Thiago Lacerda, Dalton Vigh, Daniela Escobar, Camila Morgado and Werner Schünemann. For four months, while acting Anita Garibaldi, Giovanna patiently read Anita's biographies and practically lived her life. After the shooting ended, Giovanna said that she was glad that she can have a haircut and see herself with a new, modern haircut, the long black hair bored her.

Also, in 2003, Antonelli portrayed Virgin Mary in the film Maria, Mãe do Filho de Deus. A year later, she acted in the film A Cartomante. She also returned to telenovelas, portraying in the telenovela Da Cor do Pecado.

In 2006, she portrayed Bia in the series Minha Nada Mole Vida. In 2007, she portrayed in mini-series Amazônia: De Galvez a Chico Mendes and the film Caixa Dois. From 2007 to 2008, she portrayed Clarice in telenovela Sete Pecados.

In 2009, two new films portraying Giovanna Antonelli will be released - The Heartbreaker and Budapest.

Private life[edit]

Giovanna is very close with her family. Her father, Hilton Prado, is a former opera singer, her mother, Suely Antonelli, is a former ballet dancer, and brother Leonardo is a lawyer.

In 1997 Antonelli was married to publicist Ricardo Medina, whom she had known since high school. The couple divorced on December 2001. In 2002 Giovanna Antonelli began dating O Clone co-star Murilo Benicio. On December 2004, Giovanna had a car accident which she blamed on the paparazzi who followed her everywhere. At a press conference which she held after getting out of the hospital, she, along with boyfriend Murilo Benício, admitted that she was a few months pregnant. The news was very well received by her fans all around the world and on May 24, 2005 she gave a birth to her first child, a boy named Pietro, in Rio de Janerio. Antonelli and Benicio broke up on 2007 after a 5 year relationship.

In May 2007, Antonelli married an American businessman, Robert LoCascio. The couple separated after only 4 months.

Currently, she's married to director Leonardo Nogueira with whom she has twin girls, Antonia and Sophia, born on 8 October 2010.

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Tropichot 1994 Benvinda (TV) Tropicaliente
A Great Stakeout 1995 Ressu (TV) Tocaia Grande
Xica da Silva 1996 Elvira (TV)
A Golden Body 1998 Judy (TV) Corpo Dourado
You Decide 1998 Herself (TV; 1 episode) Você Decide
Force of Desire 1999 Violeta (TV) Força de um Desejo
You Decide 1999 Herself (TV; 2 episodes) Você Decide
Malhação 1999 Isa Pasqualete (TV; 1999–2000)
Bossa Nova 2000 Sharon
Family Ties 2000 Capitu (TV; 2000–01) Laços de Família
Press Award for Best New Actress
Qualidade Award for Best New Actress
TV Press Award for Best Actress
The Clone 2001 Jade Rachid (TV; 2001–02) O Clone
Contigo Award for Best Romantic Couple (with Murilo Benício)
INTE Award for Best Actress
Qualidade Award for Best Television Actress
Nominated—Contigo Award for Best Actress
Overwhelming Woman 2002 Laura de Felipes Palácios Avassaladoras
Miami Brazilian Film Festival Award for Best Actress
The House of the Seven Women 2003 Anita Garibaldi (Mini Series) A Casa das Sete Mulheres
Nominated—Contigo Award for Best Actress
Mary, Mother of the Son of God 2003 Maria/Virgin Mary Maria, Mãe do Filho de Deus
INTE Award for Actress of the Year
The Fortune Teller 2004 Karen Albuquerque A Cartomante
The Color of Sin 2004 Bárbara Campos Sodré (TV) Da Cor do Pecado
Nominated—Contigo Award for Best Actress
My Life Moles Nothing 2006 Bia Lopes (TV; 1 episode) Minha Nada Mole Vida
Amazon, from Galvez to Chico Mendes 2007 Delzuite Gonçalves (Mini Series) Amazônia, de Galvez a Chico Mendes
Box Two 2007 Ângela Caixa Dois
Seven Sins 2007 Clarice Florentino Ferraz (TV) Sete Pecados
By Accident 2007 Herself (Cameo) Por Acaso
Cases and Chances 2008 Jamille (TV; 1 episode) Casos e Acasos
Three Sisters 2008 Alma Jequitibá de Matos (TV; 2008–09) Três Irmãs
Nominated—Contigo Award for Best Actress
Budapest 2009 Vanda Budapeste
Nominated—Contigo Cinema Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Heartbreaker 2009 Anna
Live a Life 2009 Dora Regina Vitória Vilela (TV) Viver a vida
Chico Xavier 2010 Cidália Xavier
Chico Xavier 2011 Cidália Xavier Telessérie
Aquele Beijo 2011 Cláudia Collaboro (TV)
The Brazilians 2012 Gigi (TV; 1 episode) As Brasileiras
Salve Jorge 2012 Heloísa Sampaio (TV)
Em Família 2014 Clara (TV)
S.O.S Mulheres ao Mar! 2014 Adriana

Stage[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Jesus Christ Superstar 2001 Mary Magdalene
The Passion of the Christ 2003 Virgin Mary A Paixão de Cristo
Two for the Seesaw 2004 Gittel Dois na Gangorra

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Work Result
Contigo Award 2001 Best Actress The Clone Nominated
Contigo Award 2001 Best Romantic Couple O Clone Won
Contigo Award 2002 Best Actress The House of Seven Women Nominated
Contigo Award 2004 Best Actress The Color of Sin Nominated
Contigo Award 2008 Best Actress Three Sisters Nominated
Contigo Cinema Award 2009 Best Supporting Actress Budapest Nominated
INTE Award 2001 Best Actress The Clone Won
INTE Award 2003 Best Actress Mary, Mother of the Son of God Won
Internet Award 2001 Best Actress The Clone Won
Nick Award 2001 Favourite Actress The Clone Won
Press Award 2000 Best New Actress Family Ties Won
Qualidade Award 2000 Best New Actress Family Ties Won
Qualidade Award 2001 Best Television Actress The Clone Won
TV Press Award 2000 Best Actress Family Ties Won

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