Sophia Loren Q&A / The Life Ahead

Seldom does one find oneself in the presence of royalty, but in the case of Sophia Loren, that’s precisely the aura she casts. Film royalty, that is, a screen icon whose breath-taking beauty and charisma has left a lasting mark on Italian, European, and American movies. Now 85, Loren still projects the glamour and grace which have made her a living legend.  Tall (5’9″) and elegant, she is not only a symbol of eternal feminine beauty around the world but a national treasure in her native Italy.  Above all, she remains a woman of uncompromising grace and elegance whose vitality sees her want to live every day to the fullest.

This summer will see Loren star in THE LIFE AHEAD (Italian title, “La vita davante a sé), a poignant film which marks her first screen appearance in 10 years.  Directed by her youngest son, Edoardo Ponti, the drama sees Loren play Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who comes to look after 12-year-old immigrant boy from Senegal.  Loren thrived on the opportunity to go in front of the cameras again and enjoyed working 10-hour days on the set.

“Acting for me is life. Acting is my life,” Loren says. “Acting for me is a way to think about what I am doing and what I am able to do which I could not do before. I have learned so many things in my profession that it is a pleasure to show feelings, to show suffering and feeling joyful. It is a wonderful thing.”

The release of The Life Ahead follows two years in which the Italian legend has toured the U.S. where she has attended several events in her honour and held Q&A sessions with the public under the title of “An Evening with Sophia Loren.”  On stage, she is as vivacious as she is unpretentious.  She carries herself with an air of grace and gratitude for having enjoyed a glorious acting career that saw her emerge from the grip of poverty in post-WWII Italy to become one the most famous women on earth…

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