"Everyone has a preconceived idea of my nationality. Italians consider me "The American." The Americans call me "The Italian." And Russians? They frequently stop me on the street, convinced I'm one of them until I reply back in Italian, a good laugh for us all."
I was born in Los Angeles to an Italian father and an American mother of Lithuanian and Irish descent. Thankfully, they raised me to embrace both nationalities equally, so I'm fluent in both languages. Most of my early schooling years were in Lerici, La Spezia, near UNESCO's Cinque Terre region, and later between the USA and UK.
Growing up, I wasn't tall enough to reach the kitchen counter. Nevertheless, my mother pulled up a chair, and I helped her make homemade pasta and ravioli. Before I could ride a bike, I knew how to use a pasta machine. Today, cooking is another passion of mine.
My fascination with acting started with my first trip to the theatre. Amazed by the lights and stage, I decided my place was amongst the actors under the spotlights. I dashed from my seat and leaped onto the stage - my love of acting was born. From age 11, I convinced my parents to let me spend summers in the USA at acting camps.
Sports are a significant part of my life. From Epeé fencing to driving boats and scuba diving, I love to stay active and immerse myself in nature. During winters, I trained with my competitive ski team in Slalom and Super G races in the Alps, and when the snow melts, I get an adrenaline rush climbing the vertical cliffs of the Via Ferrate in the Dolomites.
Italian Classic studies in high school were fascinating and intense; Latin, Greek, History, Philosophy, and studying Dante's Divine Comedy in-depth gave me valuable insights, but I still wanted to have the American school experience. I transferred and spent a year in the States at Quakertown High School in Pennsylvania.
After completing my Italian Maturità diploma, I moved to the UK, joined the Actor's Centre, and completed my BA Honours degree in TV Production at The University of Westminster in London.
My quest for work in front of the camera is continuous. Last year, I received the exciting news "I Want to be Gassman" would screen at the TCL Chinese Theatre at the Los Angeles-Italia Film Festival. After jumping on the next plane and attending the festival, I decided to stay and study acting with: Margie Haber, The Groundlings, and Speiser/Sturges.