Full Name: Asia Aria Anna Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento
Birth Date: September 20, 1975
Birth Place: Rome, Italy
Fact: Her first name is pronounced 'Aass-ee-ah'
Quote: "Sometimes I think my father gave me life because he needed a lead actress for his films."
Asia Argento was born in Rome, Italy on September 20th, 1975, to renowned Italian horror film director Dario Argento (the son of producer Salvatore Argento) and his companion, actress Daria Nicolodi.
It was fitting that Asia, who would go on to lead a life that could only be described as unique, would find herself immediately positioned counter to the status quo: the city's registry office refused to acknowledge "Asia" as an appropriate name, and instead officially inscribed her as Aria Argento.
Nevertheless, Asia retained the name that her parents had chosen for her, and embarked on a lifestyle of eccentricity and privilege that comes with growing up in the entertainment industry. For three days following her birth, her parents projected Gone with the Wind on the living room wall.
As Asia grew older, she was gradually exposed to other genres of film, notably her father's slasher movies, beginning when she was six years old with a viewing of Deep Red -- a film which, incidentally, starred her mother. It wasn't long before the Argento household was hosting horror screenings for the neighborhood kids, the popularity of which increased after the Argentos became the first owners of a Betamax player in all of Italy.
Given her lineage and environment, it seemed natural that the young Asia be predisposed to pursuing a profession in entertainment. At the age of nine, she began following in her mother's footsteps, making her debut acting performance in Sergio Citti's Sogni e bisogni.
In 1989, she was cast in the leading role in Cristina Comencini's Zoo, for which she earned an Italian Ciak Award -- the rough equivalent of a Golden Globe. In 1989, she appeared in La Chiesa, and later that same year she played a part in Nanni Moretti's Palombella rossa.
Asia's breakthrough role came in 1992 with Le Amiche del cuore, a performance that demonstrated her range and capacity to make the transition from child actor to mature professional, capable of handling complex roles. The movie was well received at the Cannes Film Festival and by the industry community at large, including Dario Argento, who went on to cast his daughter in 1993's Trauma, her English language debut. Asia went on to act in two more of her father's films: 1996's La Sindrome di Stendhal and 1998's Il Fantasma dell'opera.
Yet any suggestions that nepotism played a role in Asia's early successes are quickly squashed by her list of awards. She received the David di Donatello (Italy's response to Hollywood's 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. In 1998, Asia began flaunting her talents to the West, appearing in the American movies B. Monkey and New Rose Hotel, alongside Christopher Walken.
Asia has also proven her ability to work in multiple tongues, adding French to the list of languages in which she has performed, with a role in 1994's La Reine Margot. That same year, she made her first foray into directing, calling the shots behind the short films, Prospettive and A ritroso. In 1996, she directed a documentary on her father, and in 1998 a second one on Abel Ferrara, which won her the Rome Film Festival Award. Her feature directorial debut came in 2000's Scarlet Diva, a film that she also starred in.
While Asia is certainly a celebrity in her native country, the coverage that the Italian press showers on her is not always favorable. She has drawn criticism for her openness toward drug use and posing nude, as well as the deeply erotic scenes she has performed in, particularly those that her father has filmed.
In 2001, a great deal of attention was drawn to an alleged hit-and-run that Asia was involved in, and her position in this incident wasn't helped by the fact that a bottle of absinthe was found in her car (the liqueur was to be used as a prop in a music video that Asia was directing).
In June of 2001, Asia gave birth to her first child, Anna Lou. The father is musician Marco Castoldi ("Morgan") from the Italian band Bluvertigo.
In addition to her accomplishments in the world of film, Asia 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.
Asia Argento Filmography
Coin Locker Babies (2008)
Boarding Gate (2007) .... Sandra
Une vieille maitresse (2007)
Transylvania (2006) .... Zingarina
Marie Antoinette (2006) .... Madame du Barry
Live Freaky Die Freaky (2006) (voice) .... Habagail Folger
Land of the Dead (2005) .... Slack
... aka George A. Romero's Land of the Dead (USA: complete title)
... aka Land of the Dead - Le territoire des morts (France)
... aka Terre des morts, La (Canada: French title)
Cindy: The Doll Is Mine (2005) .... Cindy Sherman/The model
Last Days (2005) .... Asia
Milady (2004) (TV) .... Sally La Chèvre
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) .... Sarah
... aka Livre de Jérémie, Le (France)
The Keeper (2004) .... Gina
Ginostra (2002) .... The nun
xXx (2002) .... Yelena
... aka Triple X (USA: informal English title)
Sirène rouge, La (2002) .... Anita
... aka The Red Siren (USA: DVD title)
Morsures de l'aube, Les (2001) .... Violaine Charlier
... aka Love Bites (International: English title)
Assenzio, L' (2001)
"Misérables, Les" (2000) (mini) TV Series .... Éponine Thénardier
... aka Misérables - Gefangene des Schicksals, Les (Germany)
... aka Miserables, Los (Spain)
Scarlet Diva (2000) .... Anna Battista
Tua lingua sul mio cuore, La (1999)
Fantasma dell'opera, Il (1998) .... Christine Daaé
... aka Dario Argento's The Phantom of the Opera (UK: video title)
... aka Phantom of the Opera (USA: video box title)
... aka The Phantom of the Opera (USA)
B. Monkey (1998) .... Beatrice
... aka B. Monkey - una donna da salvare (Italy)
New Rose Hotel (1998) .... Sandii
Viola bacia tutti (1998) .... Viola
... aka Viola Kisses Everybody (USA)
Sindrome di Stendhal, La (1996) .... Det. Anna Manni
... aka Stendhal's Syndrome
... aka The Stendhal Syndrome
Compagna di viaggio (1996) .... Cora
... aka Traveling Companion (USA)
Cielo è sempre più blu, Il (1995) .... Cousin
... aka Bits and Pieces
Reine Margot, La (1994) .... Charlotte of Sauve
... aka Bartholomäusnacht, Die (Germany)
... aka Queen Margot (USA)
... aka Regina Margot, La (Italy)
Perdiamoci di vista! (1994) .... Arianna
... aka Let's Not Keep in Touch
DeGenerazione (1994) .... Lorna
Trauma (1993) .... Aura Petrescu
... aka Dario Argento's Trauma (USA: complete title)
Condannato a nozze (1993) .... Olivia
... aka Condemned to Wed
Amiche del cuore, Le (1992) .... Simona
... aka Close Friends
Chiesa, La (1989) .... Lotte
... aka Cathedral of Demons
... aka Demon Cathedral
... aka Demons 3
... aka In the Land of the Demons
... aka The Church
Palombella rossa (1989) .... Valentina
... aka Palombella rossa (France)
... aka Red Wood Pigeon (USA)
Zoo (1989) .... Martina
"Turno di notte"
- Giallo Natale (1987) TV Episode
Demoni 2 (1986) .... Ingrid Haller
... aka Demoni 2: L'incubo ritorna
... aka Demons 2 (USA)
... aka Demons 2: The Nightmare Is Back (USA)
... aka Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns (USA: video title)
"Sogni e bisogni" (1985) (mini) TV Series
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