Hollywood is notorious for casting actors in roles that don’t exactly coincide with their true nationality. A huge source of contention in The Sopranos series involved Iron Eyes Cody, who played Native Americans in a number of films but is most noted for his iconic portrayal as the crying Indian on the side of the road after witnessing someone littering. However, Cody wasn’t even remotely Native American, and was actually a Sicilian-American who made quite a successful career out of portraying Native Americans on film.
Not always known for its authenticity, Hollywood doesn’t seem to bother itself with accurate portrayals. A number of Hollywood blockbuster films have huge inconsistencies in the storyline. From The Patriot to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the film industry has never let the truth get in the way of selling tickets at the movie theater.
The same can be said for the actors they choose to play different roles in film. Not really concerning themselves with the cultural backgrounds of their actors, movies often show Japanese and Korean actors playing in ancient China or even Latina women playing African-Americans. While certain nationalities have a distinct look, Italian actresses have the ability to choose roles that have a wide range of characteristics. From classic American to authentically Spanish, it seems like Italian women can play a diverse cast of characters. Check out 12 stunning Italian beauties in Hollywood that you may or may not know come from Italy, and see how diverse Italian women can look on the small and big screen.
12 Maria Grazia Cucinotta
11 Monica Bellucci
10 Valeria Bilello
9 Martina Stella
8 Claudia Gerini
7 Francesca Neri
6 Sofia Milos
5 Sonia Aquino
4 Alessandra Mastronardi
3 Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
2 2 Natalie Guercio
When Mob Wives was first introduced to audiences, the show gained a huge fan base from the get-go. However, much of the cast involved heavily made-up women with a burned out look, and some not even having real mob ties. The show managed to keep a fan base since characters like Big Ang helped to hold the show together. Yet, producers knew some young meat needed to be added to the show, and in walked Natalie Guercio.
1 Caterina Murino
Caterina Murino is an Italian actress from Cagliari, Sardinia. She was first introduced to audiences as the winner of Miss Italy in 1996, but soon fell in love with acting. While she has starred in both television and film, her most memorable character portrayal was in the 2006 Bond film, Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig. However, true beauty is more than what’s on the outside.
In 2013, Mandarin Oriental announced that Caterina Murino would be the latest addition to the global campaign, “He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan,” and to show their appreciation for her support, they made a sizeable donation to her charity of choice. Since she is a Goodwill Ambassador for Amref, she is extremely passionate about providing health care to impoverished areas in Africa. Often photographed immersing herself in the culture, and having a hands-on approach to her charity work, Murino is an Italian hottie who is beautiful both inside and out.
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