Asia Argento

Actor, Director
A sensual presence in American and European films, actress and director Asia Argento made a name for herself with emotionally charged performances in such films as "Traveling Companion" (1996), "B. Monkey" (1998) ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1975 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (36)

Argento's Dracula 3D 2013 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Do Not Disturb 2012 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

Baciato dalla fortuna 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Go Go Tales 2011 (Movie)

Monroe (Actor)

Islands 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boarding Gate 2008 (Movie)

Sandra (Actor)

De la guerre 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mother of Tears 2008 (Movie)

Sarah Mandy (Actor)

The Last Mistress 2008 (Movie)

Vellini (Actor)

Marie Antoinette 2006 (Movie)

Madame Du Barry (Actor)

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things 2006 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Transylvania 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead 2005 (Movie)

Slack (Actor)

Last Days 2005 (Movie)

Asia (Actor)

The Keeper 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ginostra 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Sirene Rouge 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scarlet Diva 2002 (Movie)

Anna Battista (Actor)

XXX 2002 (Movie)

Yelena (Actor)

Les Miserables 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Morsures de l'aube 2001 (Movie)

Violaine (Actor)

B. Monkey 1999 (Movie)

Beatrice--B Monkey (Actor)

New Rose Hotel 1999 (Movie)

Sandii (Actor)

The Stendhal Syndrome 1999 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

The Phantom of the Opera 1998 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Viola Kisses Everybody 1997 (Movie)

Viola (Actor)

Bits and Pieces 1996 (Movie)

Cousin (Actor)

Travelling Companion 1996 (Movie)

Cora (Actor)

Queen Margot 1994 (Movie)

Charlotte of Sauve (Actor)

Let's Not Keep in Touch 1993 (Movie)

Arianna (Actor)

Close Friends 1992 (Movie)

Sabrina (Actor)

Trauma 1992 (Movie)

Aura Petrescu (Actor)

The Church 1989 (Movie)

Lotte (Actor)

The Red Dove 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zoo 1988 (Movie)

Martina (Actor)

Demoni 2 - L'Incubo Ritorna 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (3)

Incompresa 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things 2006 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Scarlet Diva 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (3)

Incompresa 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Scarlet Diva 2002 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

Sleepless 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

A sensual presence in American and European films, actress and director Asia Argento made a name for herself with emotionally charged performances in such films as "Traveling Companion" (1996), "B. Monkey" (1998), "Marie Antoinette" (2006) and "The Last Mistress" (2009), as well as Hollywood films like "xXx" (2002). The daughter of famed horror director Dario Argento, who cast her in four of his films, including 2007's "Mother of Tears," she claimed that she became an actress to win his affection after her parents' bitter separation. An award-winning turn in "Companion" displayed a talent for challenging characters, but Argento's penchant for controversial interviews and layouts soon cast her as a femme fatale, as evidenced by "Monkey" and her own directorial debut, "Scarlet Diva" (2000). She sojourned briefly to Hollywood for Vin Diesel's "xXx" (2002), but returned to the indie world to direct her second film, the grueling "Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" (2004). A favorite among arthouse habitués and devotees of her father, she swung between continents for much of the 21st century, carefully honing her reputation as an uncompromising figure in cinema.

Relationships

Dario Argento

Father

Dario Argento Screenplay

Father

Anna Argento

Daughter
born on July 20, 2001

Fiore Argento

Sister
older born c. 1971

Marco Castoldi

Companion
plays for the rock and roll Italian band Bluvertigo father of Anna Lou no longer together

Rob Cohen

Companion
born c. 1950 reportedly dated when he directed her in "XXX" in 2001

Vincent Gallo Actor

Companion

Daria Nicolodi

Mother

Milestones

2006

Cast as Madame du Barry in Sofia Coppola's "Marie-Antoinette"

2006

Wrote, directed and starred in "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things," based on JT Leroy's critically acclaimed novel of the same name

2005

Cast in George A. Romero's "Land of the Dead," a thriller where the living dead have taken over the world

2005

Starred opposite Michael Pitt in Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" loosely based on the life and career of musican Kurt Cobain

2002

Co-starred in the summer's action blockbuster "XXX"

2001

Co-starred in "Love Bites"

2000

Feature directorial debut with the English-language film "Scarlet Diva"; also starred; screened at Cannes

1999

Directed a four-minute short "Your Tongue on My Heart"; premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival

1999

Starred opposite Julian Sands in remake of "The Phantom of the Opera", directed by her father

1998

Directed documentary on Abel Ferrara, "Abel/Asia which won an award at the Rome Film Festival

1996

Starred in "Stendhal Syndrome", directed by her father

1996

Appeared in the experimental "Bits and Pieces"

1994

Directorial debut making two short films: "Prosepettive" and "A ritroso"

1994

Co-starred as Charlotte of Sauve in "Queen Margot"

1993

First directed by her father in "Trauma"

1986

Had early film role in "Demoni 2 - L'Incubo Ritorna/Demons 2 - The Nightmare Is Back", scripted by Dario Argento

1985

Feature acting debut in "Sogni e Bisogni"

Played title role in Michael Radford's "B. Monkey" (filmed in 1996; released theatrically in the USA in 1999)

Bonus Trivia

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"I believe actors are the instrument in the hands of the directors, and I like directors more than actors." --Asia Argento in VANITY FAIR, July 1997

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"I never wanted to be an actress--I wanted to be a writer. But I'm not Dostoyevski, y'know? So, that's why I'm an actress. It's like being a violin--if you're a good violin and it's a good guy playing you, then it's going to be fine. If you're a good violin and somebody bad is playing you, that's not that good. If you're a bad violin and somebody good is playing you, then maybe you have a chance, I don't know." --Asia Argento in MOVIELINE, April 1997

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"My parents weren't average parents. But my mother always filled me up with literature and art. I read 'Moby Dick' when I was five. I wanted so much to be an enfant prodige. I guess it was to attract attention from [my parents]." --Argento in INTERVIEW, May 1998

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Asia (pronounced Ah-Zi-A)

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"I was struck immediately by this smoky, textural voice that Asia has...Asia was probably just four lines into the scene when I fell to my knees behind the monitor saying "Yes! Yes! Yes!' Because after I had read 500 women from seven countries, there was Asia, acting her heart out. I gave her the part that day." --"XXX" director Rob Cohen, on casting Argento

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