Recently Milena Mancini – an unforgettable actress in films such as I Was a Dreamer (Il più grande sogno), Boys Cry (La terra dell’abbastanza), Il giorno e la notte as well as the TV series A casa tutti bene – has shown even more of her skill in the film Mia by Ivano de Matteo, for which she was nominated for the 2023 Nastri d’Argento as Best Supporting Actress. She has successfully brought a special project to Teatro della Pergola in Florence along with Vinicio Marchioni, her partner on stage and in life: to introduce Albert Camus to an audience of young actors eager to learn, to discover and to work on action and drama, comedy and tragedy, seeking happiness or something worth living and dying for.
«I observe the world around me through the experience of living and through the arts, I try to understand it, to let it pass through me and to express it through the characters I play»
Where do you find that ‘something’?
I observe the world around me through the experience of living and the arts, I try to understand it, to let it pass through me, and to express it through the characters I play. In my opinion, this process of observation, nourishment, and return is the basis of a happy life always on the move.
What do you get back from being on stage?
It makes me feel alive and free to express myself.
«I use my heartbeat as a metric, if it’s beating fast that means I’m ready to go»
What do you feel before that moment?
I use my heartbeat as a metric, if it’s beating fast that means I’m ready to go. ‘I rebel, therefore I exist,’ said the Italian-French existentialist writer and philosopher.
Have you ever been a rebel?
No. I’ve never needed sensational, oversized things to be who I am. I only rebel against falsehood. I can’t stand it and if I can’t fight it, I avoid it.
How would you define yourself?
A curious person who’s always on the move, but who also knows how to enjoy admiring a seaside sunset.
What’s the most important thing you’ve taught your children?
That perfection doesn’t exist, and that the judgment of others is superfluous.
What do you regret?
Where will we see you next?
At the cinema, in Paolo Virzì’s new film Un altro Ferragosto, at the theatre with my monologue against violence against women, Sposerò Biagio Antonacci, and I’m writing the next monologue on love, which will debut in Rome in 2024. The last piece of the project on Camus with the youth of the La Pergola theatre will be in December. Then I’ve also got another film project in the pipeline but I can’t say anything more, than ‘I can’t let the cat out of the bag.’
Photographer Davide Musto
Stylists Romina Piperno, Alfredo fabrizio
Make up Chiara Crescenzi – Simone Belli Agency
Hair Gabriella Mustone – Simone Belli Agency
Photographer assistant Valentina Ciampiglia
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