Asia Argento's mother is the actress Daria Nicolodi and her
father is Dario Argento, an Italian film director, producer and
screenwriter well known for his work in the Italian giallo
genre, and for his influence on modern horror and slasher
movies. She gave birth to her first child, a girl, on 20 June
2001, with Italian rock and roll musician Marco Castoldi, also
known as Morgan, as the father.
Asia Argento was directed in one of her first works Trauma (1993) by her father, Dario Argento. During this film she also had her first (of many) nude scenes when she was 18. She received the David di Donatello (Italy's response to Hollywood's Academy Award) for Best Actress in 1994 for her performance in Perdiamoci di vista!, and again in 1996 for Compagna di viaggio, which also earned her a Grolla d'oro Award. In 1998, Asia began appearing in the American movies, such as B. Monkey and New Rose Hotel, alongside Christopher Walken.
Asia has also proven her ability to work in multiple languages, adding French to the list of languages in which she has performed, with a role in 1994's La Reine Margot. That same year, she made her first foray into directing, calling the shots behind the short films Prospettive and A ritroso. In 1996, she directed a documentary on her father, and in 1998 a second one on Abel Ferrara, which won her the Rome Film Festival Award. She directed and wrote her first movie called Scarlet Diva (2000) and four years later she directed her second movie, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), this time in the United States.
In addition to Asia Argento's accomplishments in the world of film, Asia has written a number of stories for magazines such as Dynamo and L'Espresso, while her first novel, titled I Love You Kirk, was published in Italy in 1999.
While Asia is certainly a celebrity in her native country, the coverage that the Italian press showers on her is not always favorable. She has drawn criticism for her openness toward drug use and posing nude, as well as the deeply erotic scenes she has performed in, particularly those that her father has filmed.
In 2001, a great deal of attention was drawn to an alleged hit-and-run that Asia was involved in, and her position in this incident wasn't helped by the fact that a bottle of absinthe was found in her car (the liqueur was to be used as a prop in a music video that Asia was directing).
The band Hondo Maclean from South Wales wrote a track named after her, Asia Argento liked the track so much she sent them pictures which they used as the cover of their 2004 EP Chasing Angels.
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