Argento, Asia 1975–

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ARGENTO, Asia 1975–


Full name, Asia Aria Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento; given name is pronounced Ah-see-a; born September 20, 1975, in Rome, Italy; daughter of Dario Argento (a director, producer, writer, and actor) and Daria Nicolodi (a stage actress and writer); great-granddaughter of Alfredo Casella (a composer); granddaughter of Elda Luxardo (a photographer); children: (with musician Marco "Morgan" Castoldi) Anna Lou.

Addresses: Agent—Steve Kenis and Co., 72 Dean St., London W1D 3SG, England. Manager—Brian Young, Untitled Entertainment, 331 North Maple Dr., 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actress, director, writer, producer, and photographer. Also worked as assistant director and director of music videos; commercials include one for Renault Max automobiles, 2000.

Awards, Honors: David di Donatello Award, best actress, 1994, for Perdiamoci di vista!; Audience Award and nomination for Best Film Award (both with others), Mystfest, 1994, and International Fantasy Film Award nomination, best film (with others), Fantasporto, 1995, all for DeGenerazione; David di Donatello Award, best actress, 1997, for Compagna di viaggio; Rome Film Festival Award, c. 1998, for Abel/Asia; Certificate of Excellence, best new director, Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival, 2001, for Scarlet Diva; Outstanding Achievement Award for acting, Los Angeles Italian Film Awards, 2003; two Ciack Awards (Italian equivalent of Golden Globe Award) and Grolia d'oro.


Film Appearances:

Ingrid Haller, Demoni 2 (also known as Demons 2, Demons 2: The Nightmare Is Back, Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns, and Demoni 2: L'incubo ritorna), Imperial Entertainment, 1986.

Martina, Zoo, Ital-Noleggio Cinematografico/Reteitalia/Vega Film Productions, 1989.

Valentina, Palombella rossa (also known as The Red Dove and Red Wood Pigeon), International Film Circuit, 1989.

Lotte, La chiesau (also known as Cathedral of Demons, The Church, Demon Cathedral, Demons 3, and In the Land of the Demons), 1989, South Gate Entertainment, 1991.

Simona (some sources cite Sabrina), Le amiche del cuore (also known as Close Friends), Clerni Cinematografica, 1992.

Olivia, Condannato a nozze (also known as Condemned to Wed), Esterno Mediterraneo Film/Penta Film, 1993.

Aura Petrescu, Trauma (also known as Dario Argento's "Trauma"), Republic, 1993.

Lorna, DeGenerazione, Mox & Fox/Notorious, 1994.

Arianna, Perdiamoci di vista! (also known as Let's Not Keep in Touch), Penta Distribuzione, 1994.

Charlotte of Sauve, La reine Margot (also known as Queen Margot, Die Bartholomaeusnacht, and La regina Margot), Miramax, 1994.

Cousin, Il cielo e sempre piu blu (also known as Bits and Pieces), Colorado Film Production/Fandango, 1995.

Cora, Compagna di viaggio (also known as Traveling Companion), Acadra Distribution, 1996.

Detective Anna Manni, La sindrome di Stendhal (also known as Stendhal's Syndrome and The Stendhal Syndrome), Troma Films, 1996.

Viola, Viola vacia tutti (also known as Viola Kisses Everybody), Kidmark, 1998.

Sandii, New Rose Hotel, Mondo Films/New Films International, 1998.

Herself, Abel/Asia, 1998.

Beatrice (title role), B. Monkey (also known as B. Monkey—una donna da salvare), 1996, Miramax, 1999.

Christine Daae, Il fantasma dell'opera (also known as Dario Argento's "The Phantom of the Opera" and The Phantom of the Opera), A-Pix Entertainment, 1998.

La tua lingua sul mio cuore (short film; also known as Your Tongue on My Heart), 1999.

Anna Battista, Scarlet Diva, 2000, Shriek Show, 2002.

L'assenzio, 2001.

Violaine Charlier, Les morsures de l'aube (also known as Love Bites), Minerva Pictures, 2001.

Anita, La sirene rouge (also known as The Red Siren), Lions Gate Films, 2002.

Yelena, xXx (also known as Triple X), Columbia, 2002.

The nun, Ginostra, Bac Films, 2002.

Starring (short film), 2003.

Voice of Habagail Folger, Live Freaky Die Freaky, Hellcat Pictures, 2003.

Gina, The Keeper, Gativideo, 2004.

Sarah, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (also known as Le livre de Jeremie), Palm Pictures, 2004.

Asia, Last Days, Fine Line, 2005.

Cindy Sherman (the model), Cindy: The Doll Is Mine, MK2 Diffusion, 2005.

Slack, Land of the Dead (also known as George A. Romero's "Land of the Dead" and George Romero's "Land of the Dead"), Universal, 2005.

Film Director:

"Prospettive," DeGenerazione, Mox & Fox/Notorious, 1994.

A ritroso (short film), 1994.

Abel/Asia, 1998.

La tua lingua sul mio cuore (short film; also known as Your Tongue on My Heart), 1999.

Scarlet Diva, 2000, Shriek Show, 2002.

(And producer) La scomparsa (short film), 2000.

L'assenzio, 2001.

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (also known as Le livre de Jeremie), Palm Pictures, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Herself, Sogni e bisogni, 1984.

Eponine Thenardier, Les Miserables (also known as Les Miserables—Gefangene des Schicksals and Los miserables), Fox Family Channel, 2000.

Host, 125 milioni di caz … te, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sally La Chevre, Milady, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Interviewee, Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror, Independent Film Channel, 2000.

Herself, Dream of the Dead, Independent Film Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Giallo Natale," Turno di notte, 1987.

Herself, Tout le monde en parle, 2001.

Herself, "XXx," Player$, G4, 2002.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002.

Herself, "Tarantino Special," Tracks, 2004.

Guest, Le grand journal de Canal+, 2005.

Guest, 20h10 petantes, 2005.

Guest, Tracks, 2005.

Herself (in archive footage), Cinema mil, Television de Catalunya (Spain), 2005.



Performer, director, creative producer, and supervising producer, Loredasia (music videos), 2000.

Herself, xXx: A Filmmaker's Diary, Columbia, 2003.

Herself (in archive footage), Two Master's Eyes, 2003.

Director, Lest We Forget: The Video Collection (music videos), Polydor, 2004.

Director of the music videos "This Picture" by Placebo, 2003; "sAint" by Marilyn Manson, 2003; and "Eight" by Marilyn Manson, 2004.

Albums; Contributing Vocalist:

Slicker, Hard Track, Hefty Records, 2001.

Trash Palace, Positions, Discograph Records, 2003.

Hector Zazou, L'absence, Taktic Music, 2004.

Also vocalist on the album RYLZ by Royalize, Royalty Records.



DeGenerazione, Mox & Fox/Notorious, 1994.

La tua lingua sul mio cuore (short film; also known as Your Tongue on My Heart), 1999.

Scarlet Diva, 2000, Shriek Show, 2002.

L'assenzio, 2001.

(With J. T. LeRoy) The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (also known as Le livre de Jeremie; based on short stories by LeRoy), Palm Pictures, 2004.

Songs Featured in Films:

"The Animal Farm Rhyme," Non ho sonno (also known as I Can't Sleep and Sleepless), 2001.


Loredasia (music videos), 2000.


I Love You Kirk (novel), Frassinelli Editrice, 1999.

Contributor of short stories and photographs to magazines, including Dynamo, L'espresso, Sette, and Village.



Bizarre, July, 2001, pp. 52-54, 56, 58.

Black Book, February, 2005, pp. 76-77.

Entertainment Weekly, June 28, 2002, p. 41.

Femme Fatales, December, 2000, pp. 40-47, 51.

Gear, May, 1999.

Interview, May, 1998.

Movieline, April, 1997, p. 16.

Premiere, March, 1998, p. 40.

Rolling Stone, September 5, 2002, pp. 40-43.

Total Movie & Entertainment, August, 2002, pp. 52-57.


Asia Argento Official Site,, October 17, 2005.

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