Violante Placido destined to act
Violante Placido's mother always wanted her to be an actress.
'The American' star - whose parents are 'The Godfather' actress Simonetta Stefanelli and Italian TV star Michele Placido - showed early signs of wanting a career in showbiz, but insists she was never forced into the industry by her family.
She said: "When I was very young, I used to watch these Marilyn Monroe movies and I would dance and sing along to the songs.
"I think my mother might have imagined me becoming an actress one day, but she never put pressure on me."
Violante played a prostitute who has a romance with George Clooney's hitman character in 'The American' and she believes the two are "purified" through their love for one another in the movie.
She explained: "They live on the margins somehow. That is what at the beginning brings them close. They are damned in a way but together they purify themselves."
Violante can next be seen in movie sequel 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' - in which she will star opposite Nicolas Cage.
She has been shooting the film - which is based on the Marvel comic book series - in Romania and plays the character Nadya.