Issue #98

Francesca Fanti

La Fantesca

Born and raised in Italy, Francesca has been acting in all media between Europe and the US where she has been living for many years. Winner of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for best solo performance and The Artistic Director Achievement Award for best actress in comedy, she’s currently working on the film production of an adaptation she wrote.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

Acting is indeed my passion, but I also like to write, direct, dance and learn new skills. For fun I like to go sailing, skiing, biking by the ocean, running, hiking and practice yoga. I love to be outdoor most of the time.

What made you leave Italy and chose LA?

I first came to L.A. for an acting seminar and of course I fell in love with the weather and the dangerous feeling of always being on some sort of vacation…

Please share your best memory in the City.

Well, my son was born here so that is the best memory in L.A. as he is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I remember taking a yoga class just a few hours before and watching a movie right before the delivery.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

I live in Marina del Rey and I love it. The Venice Pier is where I come almost every day to do my yoga, to bike, to meditate and to watch the best sunsets.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

I always say that, after many years in the US, we are not really Italians anymore and yet we are not Americans… Some kind of hybrid species that’s hard to define…Italiany!

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

I’ve presented for years the work of Dario Fo and Franca Rame in the US with the award winning one woman show: “Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo” and the work of Dacia Maraini in the one woman show :”Letters of Love” and the play: “Dialogue between a prostitute and her Client”. It’s amazing how some problems/scenarios born in Italy in the 70s are still read today on the headlines in US…

  • Venice Beach, CA


  • Time

    120 mins

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