Lorenza Izzo

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Lorenza Izzo
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Izzo in 2019
Lorenza Francesca Izzo Parsons

(1989-09-19) September 19, 1989 (age 31)
Alma mater
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2011–present
(m. 2014; div. 2019)

Lorenza Francesca Izzo Parsons (born September 19, 1989)[1] is a Chilean actress and model. She has appeared in films, including Aftershock (2012), The Green Inferno (2013), Knock, Knock (2015), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).

Early life[edit]

Izzo was born in Santiago, Chile,[2] to Chilean model Rosita Parsons [es].[1] She is of Italian descent on her father's side. She has a younger sister, Clara Lyons Parsons, who is a model as well.[3] When she was twelve years old, she moved to Atlanta with her father, then working towards a Ph.D. at Georgia Institute of Technology. She was bullied over her strong Chilean accent as a child, but stated she "got over [her] accent pretty fast" after watching the 2002 sports film Blue Crush several times. Izzo recalls becoming "obsessed with [Blue Crush star] Kate Bosworth."[2]


In 2007, Izzo was modeling and studying journalism at the University of the Andes (Universidad de los Andes) when she moved to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[citation needed]

In 2010, she made her debut as an actress in Instrucciones para mi funeral (Instructions for my Funeral), an independent film made by Sebastián Radic as a graduation project.[citation needed]

Izzo's modeling career reached its peak in 2011 when Izzo and her mother were invited to São Paulo Fashion Week where they met Gisele Bundchen. The meeting resulted in Izzo becoming the new face of Colcci, a Brazilian fashion company.[citation needed] The same year, Izzo appeared in Que pena tu boda [es] (Sorry About Your Wedding) a comedy by Chilean director Nicolás López.[citation needed]

In 2012, with one commercial feature movie to her name and three more then-about to be released Que pena tu familia (What a Pity About Your Family), Aftershock, and The Green Inferno (directed by her then-future husband, now ex-husband, Eli Roth), Izzo moved to Los Angeles, when she soon secured small roles in Hemlock Grove and the failed television pilot I Am Victor.[4]

In 2015, Izzo starred alongside Keanu Reeves and Ana de Armas in Knock Knock (her second horror film directed by Eli Roth), filmed in Santiago's Chicureo neighbourhood.[5]

Personal life[edit]

On November 8, 2014, Izzo married American actor and director Eli Roth on the beach of Zapallar, Chile.[6] The pair were introduced through mutual friend and director Nicolás López during production of 2013's The Green Inferno.[2][7] López was unaware Izzo could speak English and she was originally to play a small role in the film. After Izzo revealed she could speak English fluently, Roth ended up casting her in the lead, where they "spent the whole shooting process together". She attributes the start of their relationship to "the randomness of the world".[2] In July 2018, the couple filed for divorce, and settled their divorce in August 2019.[8] Izzo publicly came out as pansexual in an online interview with actress Emily Hampshire.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Qué pena tu boda Lucia Edwards
2012 Qué pena tu familia Lucia Edwards
2012 Aftershock Kylie
2013 The Green Inferno Justine
2014 The Stranger Ana
2014 Sex Ed Pilar
2015 Knock Knock Genesis
2016 Holidays Jean
2018 Life Itself Elena
2018 The House with a Clock in Its Walls Mrs. Barnavelt
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Francesca Capucci
2019 Where We Go from Here Iris
2021 Women Is Losers Celina


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Hemlock Grove Brooke Bluebell Guest role; 2 episodes
2013 I Am Victor Lena Engles Television film
2016 Feed the Beast Pilar Herrera Main role; 10 episodes
2017 Dimension 404 Val Hernandez / SpeedRun Episode: "Impulse"
2018 Casual Tathiana Supporting role; 6 episodes
2020 Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Santa Muerte Supporting role; 8 episodes
2021 Hacks Ruby Guest role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Price Category Work
2011 Copihue de Oro TV model Herself Nominated
2014 BloodGuts UK Horror Best actress The Green Inferno Nominated


  1. ^ a b Figueroa, Nicolás (October 10, 2016). "Rosita Parsons y éxito de su hija Lorenza Izzo: "Es la única chilena que ha logrado eso a esta edad"". Teletrece (in Spanish). Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Nordstrom, Leigh (June 2, 2016). "Meet Lorenza Izzo of AMC's 'Feed the Beast'". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Clara Lyon, la hija de Rosita Parsons que sigue sus pasos en el modelaje". MSN. March 29, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Collinson, Gary (April 10, 2017). "Bond screenwriters adapting Jo Nesbo's I Am Victor for director Baltasar Kormakur". Flickering Myth. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Plant, Isabel (May 11, 2014). "Keanu Reeves termina la filmación de su película Knock Knock en Chile". La Tercera. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Corriston, Michele (November 10, 2014). "Eli Roth Marries Lorenza Izzo". People. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  7. ^ McLevy, Alex (October 9, 2015). "Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo talk Knock Knock, The Green Inferno, and PC filmmaking". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Eli Roth Settles Divorce, Walks Away Relatively Unscathed". The Blast. August 20, 2019. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL0EoAAmhx4

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