Magazine article Variety

Matilda Lutz

Magazine article Variety

Matilda Lutz

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Italian actress 'Rings' up starring role in U.S. franchise

WITHDRAWN NO MORE

For 23-year-old Italian Matilda Lutz, a co-starring turn in a film tentpole didn't seem to be in the cards four years ago, when her mother encouraged her to take acting classes to overcome her shyness. But she enrolled in a drama course - albeit half-heartedly - and now Lutz, who has a recurring role in the popular Italian TV series "Fuoriclasse," has parts in Gabriele Muccino's "L'estäte addosso" and Federico Micale's "L'Universale," as well as next year's "Rings," the third installment of "The Ring" horror franchise that has grossed more than $410 million worldwide.

LUSTROUS LINEAGE

Lutz's parents both have careers in the fashion industry, with her dad, photog Elliston Lutz, based in New York, and mom Maria, a model in Milan. …

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