Asia Argento biography
Birth Name: Aria Argento
Date of Birth: September 20, 1975
"Sometimes I think my father gave me life because he needed a lead actress
for his films." - Asia Argento
Born in Rome, Italy, Argento grew up in a family of Italian actors and
Daughter of famed film director Darlo Argento and actress
Darla Nicolodi, Asia made her first appearance on screen before the age of
ten playing herself in the mini-series Sogni e bisogni. She followed that up
with major roles in two of her father's films.
As her credits and awards for her performances grew through the next
two decades, she became well known in Italy as the girl who
excelled in the horror genre.
Though practically unknown to the western
world, she cracked the English-language market playing the street urchin
Jared Harris in B. Monkey (1998) and again in 2002 as Yelena in the
action/thriller xXx opposite Vin Diesel.
In 1994 she turned her attention to directing two short films: Prospettive (an
episode of the film De-generazione) and A ritroso. In 1996 she directed a
documentary on her father and in 1998 she completed one on Abel Ferrara,
Abel/Asia, which won her the Rome Film Festival Award.
She made her feature
film directorial debut in 2000 helming Scarlet Diva, which she also wrote
and starred in.
Besides acting, directing and writing screenplays, Argento is also the
author of a number of short stories published in such prestigious magazines
as Dynamo, L'Espresso, Sette, Village and Max.
Her first novel, I Love
You Kirk, was published in 1999. She has a daughter, Anna Lou, from a relationship with Marco Castoldi, of the Italian glam rock band Bluvertigo.