Born: September 20, 1975
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Asia Argento (born Aria Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento; 20 September 1975) is an Italian actress, singer, model, activist and director.
Her father is Dario Argento, an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, well known for his work in the Italian giallo genre and for his influence on modern horror and slasher movies. Her mother is actress Daria Nicolodi and her maternal great-grandfather was composer Alfredo Casella.
When Argento was born in Rome, the city registry office refused to acknowledge "Asia" as an appropriate name, and instead officially inscribed her as "Aria" (a name accepted by the city registry). She nonetheless always went by the name Asia, which she later used professionally. Argento has said that as a child she was lonely and depressed, owing in part to her parents' work. Her father used to read her his horror scripts as bedtime stories. At age eight, Argento published a book of poems. At the age of 14, she ran away from home.
In an interview with Filmmaker magazine, she stated that she was agoraphobic while she was writing Scarlet Diva and that she could not leave her apartment for months.
Argento has mentioned in interviews that she does not have a close relationship with her father. She has mentioned that he was absent when she was a child, and has also mentioned that, because of this, she did not have a happy childhood. Regarding her relationship with her father and her reason for acting, she has stated that:
I never acted out of ambition; I acted to gain my father's attention. It took a long time for him to notice me - I started when I was nine, and he only cast me when I was 16. And he only became my father when he was my director. I always thought it was sick to choose looking at yourself on a big screen as your job. There has to be something crooked in your mind to want to be loved by everybody. It's like being a prostitute, to share that intimacy with all those people.
Asia Argento began to act at the age of nine, when she was cast in a small role in a film by Sergio Citti. When she was 18, she starred in her father's film Trauma (1993). She received the David di Donatello (Italy's version of the Academy Award) for Best Actress in 1994 for her performance in Perdiamoci di vista, and again in 1996 for Compagna di viaggio, which also earned her a Grolla d'oro award. Argento subsequently began to appear in English-language movies, such as B. Monkey and New Rose Hotel (both 1998). Argento also performed in French-language roles, beginning with Charlotte de Sauve La Reine Margot (1994).
Around the same time, she made her first foray into directing with the short films Prospettive and A ritroso (both 1994) and documentary about her father (in 1996) and Abel Ferrara (in 1998). In 2000, Argento directed and wrote her first fiction feature film, Scarlet Diva (2000), which her father co-produced. In a review, Filmmaker magazine called the film "riotously funny" and dubbed Argento "a filmmaker with a great degree of promise."
She achieved wider recognition when she portrayed Russian undercover spy Yelena in the popular action film xXx (2002), alongside Vin Diesel. She subsequently directed her second feature film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), based on a book by JT LeRoy, the pen name of Laura Albert. According to a Paris Review interview with Laura Albert, Argento and Savannah Knoop (who played the role of JT's public persona) became lovers.
In addition to her cinematic accomplishments, Argento has written a number of stories for magazines such as Dynamo and L'Espresso, while her first novel, titled I Love You Kirk, was published in Italy in 1999. She has modeled for and endorses the brand Miss Sixty. She became a fan of the band Hondo Maclean when they wrote a track named after her. She liked the track so much that she sent them pictures which they used as the cover of their 2003 album Plans for a better day.
She appeared in Placebo's music video for "This Picture", and appeared on Placebo frontman Brian Molko's cover version of "Je t'aime... moi non plus". Argento has also starred in Catherine Breillat's period drama The Last Mistress. She dubbed the Italian version of the video game Mirror's Edge in the role of the runner Faith Connors, from 2008 to 2009.
Argento has been part of the Legendary Tiger Man's project Femina, which was released on 14 September 2009. She is featured on the song "Life Ain't Enough for You", which was released as a single along with the B-side "My stomach is the most violent of all Italy", in which she also contributes vocals.
In May 2013, Argento's debut album, entitled Total Entropy, was released by Nuun Music.
In 2014, Argento played supporting role in the British film Shongram, a fictional romantic drama based around the factual and historical events of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
Also in 2014, she directed her third feature film, titled Misunderstood (2014), was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at that year's Cannes Film Festival. That year, while promoting the film, Argento stated that she was through with acting and that she had made the decision to focus her energies on writing and directing.
Besides Italian, she also speaks fluent English and can also speak French, which she learned for her role in Les Morsures de L'Aube.
Her first child, Anna Lou, was born on 20 June 2001. Italian rock and roll musician Marco Castoldi (lead singer of Bluvertigo), also known as Morgan, is the father. She named her daughter after her half-sister Anna Ceroli, who died in a motorcycle accident.
Argento married film director Michele Civetta on 27 August 2008 in Arezzo. Her second child, Nicola Giovanni, was born on 15 September 2008 in Rome. The couple divorced in 2013. She and her children live in Vigna Clara, north of Rome.
In early 2017, it was reported by several Italian news sources that Argento had begun a relationship with Anthony Bourdain.
In October 2017, Argento alleged in a New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow that she had been sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein in the 1990s. She also said that she had consensual sexual relations with him multiple times over the course of the next five years. She confirmed that a scene in Scarlet Diva where her character is accosted by a movie executive was indeed a reference to Weinstein.
After being criticized for her account in Italian media and politics, Argento moved to Germany to escape what she described as a culture of "victim blaming" in Italy.
In 2012, Argento was highlighted in the retrospective Argento: Il Cinema Nel Sangue at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. The retrospective celebrated the influence of the Argento family on filmmaking in Italy and around the world. It highlighted Asia's contribution as well as that of her father, grandfather (Salvatore), uncle (Claudio) and mother (Daria Nicolodi).
|1986||Demons 2||Ingrid Haller||Debut|
|1989||Church, TheThe Church||Lotte|
|1993||Condannato a nozze||Olivia||aka, Diary of a Man Condemned to Marriage|
|1994||Perdiamoci di vista||Arianna||aka, Let's Not Keep in Touch|
|1994||Queen Margot||Charlotte de Sauve|
|1996||Stendhal Syndrome, TheThe Stendhal Syndrome||Det. Anna Manni|
|1998||Viola Kisses Everybody||Viola|
|1998||New Rose Hotel||Sandii|
|1998||Phantom of the Opera, TheThe Phantom of the Opera||Christine Daaé|
|2000||Scarlet Diva||Anna Battista||Also wrote and directed|
|2001||Les Morsures de l'aube||Violaine Charlier||a.k.a. Love Bites|
|2002||Red Siren, TheThe Red Siren||Det. Anita Staro|
|2004||Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, TheThe Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things||Sarah||Also co-wrote and directed|
|2004||Keeper, TheThe Keeper||Gina|
|2005||Cindy: The Doll Is Mine||Cindy Sherman / The Model||Short film|
|2005||Land of the Dead||Slack|
|2006||Live Freaky! Die Freaky!||Habagail Folger (voice)|
|2006||Marie Antoinette||Madame du Barry|
|2006||Friendly Fire||Grand Dame||Video|
|2007||Go Go Tales||Monroe|
|2007||Last Mistress, TheThe Last Mistress||Vellini|
|2007||Mother of Tears, TheThe Mother of Tears||Sarah Mandy|
|2011||Baciato dalla fortuna||Betty|
|2012||Dracula 3D||Lucy Kisslinger|
|2012||Do Not Disturb||Monica|
|2013||Voice Thief, TheThe Voice Thief||Naya||Short film|
|2014||Misunderstood||Director and writer|
|2016||Sticky Fingers: The Movie!||Nyx (voice)||Filming|
|1985||Sogni e bisogni||Gloria||Episode: "Il ritorno di Guerriero"|
|2000||Les Misérables||Éponine Thénardier||TV miniseries|
|2004||Milady||Sally La Chèvre||TV film|
|2011||Sangue caldo||Anna Rosi||Episodes: "1.1", "1.2"|
|2014||Rodolfo Valentino - La leggenda||Natacha Rambova||Episode: "1.2"|
|2016||Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown||Herself||Season 8, Episode 10: "Rome"|
|2016||Ballando con le stelle||Contestant||Series 11|
|2008-2009||Mirror's Edge||Faith Connors||Dubbed as Italian version; Xbox 360/PS3/Microsoft Windows version|
|Asia Argento (1 Dico Sux / 2 U Just Can't Stop the Rock / 3 Sad Core)||2008|