Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Walking Down the Plush Red Carpet with Actress Mira Sorvino

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Walking Down the Plush Red Carpet with Actress Mira Sorvino

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It's every star's dream to walk up the plush red carpet of the Palais des Festivals for your movie's gala presentation, gazed at by an admiring throng who will treasure this moment as a quintessential Cannes experience. But what is it actually like when you're the celebrity in the spotlight?

"To be honest, it's terrifying!" said Mira Sorvino not long after performing the ritual at this year's filmfest.

"I was almost shaking by the time I got inside the lobby," continued the actress, who visited Cannes to launch "Lulu on the Bridge," her newest film. "As much as I should be used to this kind of stuff by now, there's something about having to present oneself calmly and with a certain self-possession, and be photographed constantly and have people call your name out - 'Over here, no, no, turn, over here!' that just fills me with panic. And yet I have to smile and seem like I'm not panicked!" The walk itself is only part of the ordeal. "The way you get there is by driving very slowly through a long corridor of people," Sorvino says with a slightly grim smile, "and people look into the car and knock on the door. Young boys lean over and kiss the window, and other people look inside and say 'Not so pretty!' while I just sit there with my mother and try to be normal. "It's fun, I guess, but not as much fun as one might think. Be careful what you wish for!" Although she's still a young actress, Sorvino is well acquainted with the ceremonies of stardom from watching her father, Hollywood actor Paul Sorvino, and from achieving her own fame as an Emmy winner, a Golden Globe winner, and an Academy Award winner for Woody Allen's comic "Mighty Aphrodite," the best-known movie in a list of credits ranging from "The Replacement Killers" and "Barcelona" to "Quiz Show" and "Blue in the Face." "Lulu on the Bridge," written and directed by novelist Paul Auster, pairs her with Harvey Keitel in a romantic tale of lovers united by a mysterious stone. The impressive cast also includes Willem Dafoe as a sinister anthropologist and Vanessa Redgrave as a distinguished filmmaker. Sorvino first met Auster while serving on the Cannes jury last year. …

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