CLAIM TO FAME
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, 16, is becoming Italy’s biggest teen star, with tween fans in 50 countries. Her pic “Buongiorno Papa,” produced by Fulvio and Federica Lucisano’s IIF, opened boffo in Italy on March 14 via Medusa, holding its own against “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” She stars in “Mia and Me,” a skein airing in 50 territories aimed at girls aged 5-8 from Italy’s Rainbow, Germany’s Lucky Punch and Canada’s March Entertainment.
Laurenti Sellers, who has an American mother and an Italian father, started acting at age 8 at LaMama in New York. She subsequently moved to Rome, where small roles in Italo TV movies earned her, at age 12, the lead in Alberto Negrin’s Memories of Anne Frank, co-produced by IIF and Avi Lerner. “I turned 13 at Auschwitz,” she recounts, referring to that telepic’s set in Hungary.
Rosabell recently founded Young Actors for Humanitarian Involvement, to get teen Italian talents involved in charities such as ActionAid and Smile Again. She serves meals at Rome’s Comunita di Sant’Egidio soup kitchen.
CELEBS I LOVE
Natalie Portman, “because she started young, but managed to keep working as an adult doing what she likes.”
CELEBS I HATE
Justin Bieber. “I don’t hate him. I just hate the crap commercial music he represents.”
“You’ll see: Hollywood is going to snap her up and take her away from us,” says Buongiorno Papa helmer Edoardo Leo.