What attracted you to Bulgari?
I think it goes back to my mom being actress. I was lucky to be introduced to the world of cinema at a young age – cinema from different cultures and different countries. Unknowingly, Bulgari was introduced into my life from the beginning because it is a symbol of all the incredibly strong women I look up to such as Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rachel Weiz. So when I was first approached by the brand, I felt very privileged. The first time I was invited to Rome by Bulgari, Lucia Silvestri (Jewellery Creative Director) took me into her office and showed me the story behind her creations. I loved the emotional connection she had with each piece and I could very much relate to that in my own line of work – the process of finding the personality and story behind each character I play.
Is there a particular Bulgari creation that speaks to you?
The original Serpenti collection was the first defining jewellery collection that caught my eye. Many years ago, I met a woman was wearing a Serpenti bracelet and I could immediately recognise it; that's how iconic it is. I was recently in Venice for Bulgari's Festa collection and I absolutely loved its playfulness. That's how l want to approach my work. It's sexy and sophisticated but it's also similar to the way a child looks at world – bold and open to experimenting.
Do you have a piece of jewellery that's of great sentimental value to you?
Sadly, I never got to meet my maternal grandparents but I was very close to my mother's aunt. She was Finnish and before she passed away two years ago at the age of 95, she gave me a bracelet made up of original coins from the Winter War in 1939. Each coin has a beautiful pattern carved into it and it's something I'll always treasure.
That's the beauty of Bulgari. When you acquire a piece of jewellery, it's the wish that you can pass it on to future generations. The longer it stays with you, the more history it gathers, and the more precious it becomes.