Mira Sorvino

Actor, Producer, Assistant director
Despite her sex-symbol good looks, Mandarin-speaking Harvard graduate Mira Sorvino has demonstrated the unpretentious heart of a character actor inherited from her father Paul, whose resume includes critically-acclaimed ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1967 in Tenafly, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Do You Believe? 2015 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

Daughter of God 2014 (Movie)

Janine Cullen (Actor)

Falling Skies 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perfect Sisters 2014 (Movie)

Linda/Perfect Mom (Actor)

Quitters 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Space Warriors 2014 (Movie)

Sally Hawkins (Actor)

Sweet Flame 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Presence 2014 (Movie)

The Woman (Actor)

Waska 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Finding Mrs. Claus 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Trade of Innocents 2012 (Movie)

Claire Becker (Actor)

Union Square 2012 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Angels Crest 2011 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

The 12th Annual A Home for the Holidays 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Like Dandelion Dust 2010 (Movie)

Wendy Porter (Actor)

Multiple Sarcasms 2010 (Movie)

Cari (Actor)

The 2010 VH1 Do Something Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Last Templar 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

House 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leningrad 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reservation Road 2007 (Movie)

Ruth Wheldon (Actor)

Human Trafficking 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Ludlum's Covert One: The Hades Factor 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Cut 2004 (Movie)

Delila (Actor)

Gods and Generals 2003 (Movie)

Fanny Chamberlain (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dutch Master 2003 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

Will & Grace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Between Strangers 2002 (Movie)

Natalia (Actor)

Semana Santa 2002 (Movie)

Maria Delgado (Actor)

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

Dina (Actor)

The Triumph of Love 2002 (Movie)

Princess Leonide/ Phocion/ Aspasie (Actor)

The Great Gatsby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Too Tired to Die 2001 (Movie)

Death (Actor)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

Amy Benic (Actor)

Movies in Time Special: Summer of Sam 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

Dionna (Actor)

Lulu on the Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Celia Burns (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Replacement Killers 1998 (Movie)

Meg Coburn (Actor)

Mimic 1997 (Movie)

Dr Susan Tyler (Actor)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

Romy (Actor)

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Beautiful Girls 1996 (Movie)

Sharon Cassidy (Actor)

Neil Simon's Jake's Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Nothing 1996 (Movie)

Monika (Actor)

Tarantella 1996 (Movie)

Diana di Sorella (Actor)

The Buccaneers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Blonde Woman (Actor)

Mighty Aphrodite 1995 (Movie)

Linda Ash (Actor)

New York Cop 1995 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Barcelona 1994 (Movie)

Marta Ferrer (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Sandra Goodwin (Actor)

Amongst Friends 1993 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Swans Crossing 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Obit Writer 1992 (Movie)

Gemma (Actor)

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told 1992 (Movie)

Mary Weinstein (Actor)

Free Money (TV Show)

Actor

Intruders (TV Show)

Actor

Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Show)

Actor

Parallel Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Stalker (Tv Show)

Actor

Wisegirls (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Lisa Picard Is Famous 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Amongst Friends 1993 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Despite her sex-symbol good looks, Mandarin-speaking Harvard graduate Mira Sorvino has demonstrated the unpretentious heart of a character actor inherited from her father Paul, whose resume includes critically-acclaimed turns in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" (1990) and Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995, as Henry Kissinger) among his many roles. Adept at assuming accents, hair colors and varied ethnic identities, this bright, naturally brunette Italianate beauty received her first substantial exposure on film as an enigmatic, aristocratic Spanish translator in "Barcelona" (1994), Whit Stillman's thoughtfully comic talkfest. She entered the mainstream later that same year playing the Jewish intellectual wife of Rob Morrow in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show". Redford had first became aware of the young performer in Rob Weiss' "Amongst Friends" (1993), a highly regarded independent feature shown in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Starting out as third assistant director on that project, she graduated to casting director and finally the lead femme role of the modest drama about well-to-do suburban Jews who fall into lives of crime, ultimately receiving credit as associate producer.

Relationships

Marc Anthony Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in summer 1998 No longer together

Mattea Backus

Daughter
Born Nov. 3, 2004; father, Christopher Backus

Christopher Backus Actor

Husband
Began dating spring 2003 Engaged in September 2003 Married June 11, 2004 at a Santa Barbara, CA courthouse A religious ceremony and reception for family and friends took place on July 2, 2004 in Capri, Italy

Holden Backus

Son
Born June 22, 2009; father, Christopher Backus

Johnny Backus

Son
Born May 29, 2006; father, Christopher Backus

Lucia Backus

Daughter
Born May 3, 2012; father, Christopher Backus

Olivier Martinez Actor

Companion
Dated from 1998-2003 No longer together as of February 2003

Paul Sorvino Actor

Father
Born April 13, 1939; divorced from Mira's mother Played Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" (1990) and Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995)

Lorraine Davis Sorvino Actor

Mother

Michael Sorvino Actor

Brother
Born Nov. 21, 1977 Appeared together in "Amongst Friends" (1993) and "Sweet Nothing" (1995)

Amanda Sorvino

Sister
Born in 1971

Quentin Tarantino Actor

Companion
Together from 1996-98

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts
Graduated magna cum laude; spent a year living in Beijing; wrote thesis on anti-African sentiment in China; while at Harvard, she helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard's co-ed a cappella groups

Dwight-Englewood School

Englewood Cliffs , New Jersey

Milestones

2011

Co-starred in the drama "Union Square," directed by Nancy Savoca

2010

Played a mother forced to give up her adopted son to his biological father in "Like Dandelion Dust"

2010

Played a woman haunted by a spirit in an isolated cabin in "The Presence"

2007

Co-starred in the Terry George directed "Reservation Road"

2005

Co-starred with Donald Sutherland in the Lifetime drama "Human Trafficking"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV movie

2004

Starred in the thriller "The Final Cut" with Robin Williams and James Caviezel

2002

Starred with Mariah Carey in "WiseGirls"; film screened at Sundance

2002

Played wife Fanny to Jeff Daniels' Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the "Gettysburg" prequel "Gods and Generals"

2002

Appeared in writer-director Tim Blake Nelson's Holocaust drama "The Grey Zone"

2001

Played a princess who masquerades as a male in the film version of the Marivaux play "The Triumph of Love"

2001

Produced the mockumentary "Lisa Picard Is Famous"; also made cameo appearance as herself

2000

Made NYC stage debut opposite Daniel Benzali in off-Broadway production of "Naked"

2000

Appeared as Daisy Buchanan in the A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"

1999

Cast as John Leguizamo's wife in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"; film was co-written by and co-starred Michael Imperioli

1999

Starred opposite Val Kilmer in Irwin Winkler's romance "At First Sight"

1998

Teamed with Hong Kong action icon Chow Yun-Fat for "The Replacement Killers"

1997

Starred opposite Lisa Kudrow in the comedy "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"

1997

Portrayed brilliant entomologist whose mutant creations threaten NYC in Guillermo Del Toro's "Mimic"

1996

Earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Marilyn Monroe in the HBO movie "Norma Jean & Marilyn"; shared title role with Ashley Judd who played Norma Jean

1995

Delivered award-winning film role as the squeaky-voiced prostitute in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"

1995

Played the loyal but co-dependent wife of Michael Imperioli in "Sweet Nothing"

1994

Acted with father in "Parallel Lives" on Showtime

1994

Cast in Whit Stillman's independent film "Barcelona"

1994

First role in a major Hollywood picture, playing Rob Morrow's wife in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"

1993

Hired as third assistant director on "Amongst Friends"; offered a lead role by friend and director Rob Weiss

1992

TV series debut as a regular, the short-lived syndicated series "Swans Crossing"

1992

Briefly played Julie Camalleti on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

1987

Made guest appearance on the CBS comedy-drama "The Oldest Rookie," which starred her father

1979

At age 12, worked as a production assistant for "That Championship Season," starring her father Paul Sorvino

Acted in theater productions at Harvard

Bonus Trivia

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Sorvino was fluent in Mandarin Chinese and also spoke French.

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How an early reading of Irving Stone's "The Agony and the Ecstacy" affected Sorvino's take on sexuality: "In it Michelangelo is described as being bisexual. I thought, Oh I could understand that. What if you just fell in love with somebody who was of your same gender? It's not something you can help. Having an attraction for someone is ineluctable.""I honestly have not been attracted to women, but I thought it would be possible because of that book. I could imagine that some person would walk into my life one day that I'd fall in love with, and it would be a woman. As a teenager I used to worry about it because I thought it would be a big problem for my family and confusing for me. I used to be very fond of people on a platonic level to the point where I'd wonder, Is this love...sexual? But it never had a physical correspondence. I know now I'm pretty damned heterosexual. It's not hard to fall for men. It's actually alarmingly easy." – Sorvino quoted in The Advocate, April 2, 1996

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"My father did not want me to be a child actor, did not want me to audition for things. I was actually offered a part by Diane Ladd to play her daughter on a television series but my father wouldn't let me. I'm glad about that now because I had a normal childhood, I had a lot of chances to try and do other things and Harvard was like an extended version of that. Then I could go and see whether acting was for me or maybe just a childish notion." – Sorvino quoted in Empire magazine, July 1998

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"I was too tall in high school. At 13, I was 5'9 – the tallest kid in my class. I'd walk down the halls feeling like a giraffe. Being famous is like being too tall in high school, Sometimes I feel that way even today. it's not that big a problem. I'm not phobic or anything. But, if I look back, there were times when it was difficult for me to behave the right way." – Sorvino on fame to Movieline magazine, October 2002

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