Monica Bellucci Undressed
Monica Bellucci (born September 30, 1964) is an Italian actress and former fashion model.
Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Bellucci decided to start modeling in order to help pay for her tuition while at the University of Perugia, but the glamorous lifestyle tempted Monica away from her law studies.
She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently and has acted in each of these languages, as well as Aramaic.
Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990s. In 1992 she made her first appearance in a major English-language film as one of Dracula's brides in Bram Stoker's Dracula. She became popular with English-speaking audiences following her lead role in the acclaimed Italian film Malèna, though she was perhaps best known for her role as Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions followed by her portrayal of Mary Magdelene in The Passion of the Christ.
After her work in The Passion of the Christ, Bellucci was assumed by many fans to be Roman Catholic. However in a documentary about the film, The Big Question, she stated: "I am an Agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there's something I believe in, it's a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings."
In 2004, she topped AskMen's 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World annual list. Bellucci has done several nude scenes in her films, most notably in Malèna, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Irréversible.