Stefania Rocca (born 24 April 1971) is an Italian actress. Rocca is best known for her roles in the films Nirvana (1997), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Dracula (2002). She also was the lead in Dario Argento's The Card Player. Among her most recent appearances she was in Alessandro D'Alatri's comedy film Commediasexi where she played the main character, Pia Roncaldi. She starred as Mary of Bethany in the 1999 film Jesus.
Life and career
Born in Turin, the daughter of a Fiat chief of security and of a stylist, since adolescence Rocca studied piano, singing and dancing at the Teatro Stabile di Torino. In late 1980s she moved to Milan where she started working as a model; in Milan she enrolled a series of acting courses, then in 1993, thanks to a scholarship, she joined the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.
Rocca made her acting debut with a secondary role in Giulio Base's Policemen but her breakout role was the blue haired Naima in the Gabriele Salvatores' cyberpunk film Nirvana (1997). After enrolling a course at the Actors Studio in New York, in 1998 Rocca had her first main role in the controversial erotic thriller Viol@, and for her performance she was nominated to the Nastro d'Argento for Best Actress. One year later, Rocca appeared in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley as the Jude Law's lover, then she appeared in other international productions, including Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost, Mike Figgis' experimental Hotel and Tom Tykwer's Heaven.
In 2003 Rocca had her main commercial success in Italy, with Alessandro D'Alatri's comedy Casomai, which also gave her nominees as best actress at Nastro d'Argento and David di Donatello Awards. In 2005 she played a blind lesbian in the Academy Awards nominated drama The Beast in the Heart, and for her performance she was nominated best supporting actress at David di Donatello Awards. Since the mid-2000s Rocca was mainly active on television, in TV-series of some success. She is also active on stage.
- 1997 : Policemen
- 1995 : Palermo - Milan One Way
- 1997 : Inside/Out
- 1997 : Nirvana
- 1997 : Solomon
- 1998 : Viol@
- 1999 : The Talented Mr. Ripley
- 1999 : Jesus
- 1999 : In the Beginning There Was Underwear
- 2000 : Love's Labour's Lost
- 2000 : Rosa and Cornelia
- 2001 : Resurrection
- 2001 : Hotel
- 2002 : Heaven
- 2002 : Dracula
- 2003 : Kiss Me First
- 2003 : Casomai
- 2003 : Five Moons Square
- 2003 : Life as It Comes
- 2004 : The Card Player
- 2004 : Love Is Eternal While It Lasts
- 2004 : Stauffenberg
- 2005 : D'Artagnan et les Trois Mousquetaires (fr)
- 2005 : The Beast in the Heart
- 2005 : Mary
- 2006 : Mafalda di Savoia (it)
- 2006 : Commediasexi
- 2006 : The Bodyguard's Cure
- 2007 : Go Go Tales
- 2008 : Tutti pazzi per amore
- 2011 : L'amore fa male
- 2011 : The Invader
- Fabio Secchi Frau. "Stefania Rocca. L'alba della gigantessa". MyMovies.
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