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Martina Stella born November 28, 1984 in Florence, Italy is a television and film actress.
Stella made her cinematic debut at the age of 17 in 2001 in L'ultimo bacio. The film was a success in Italy and was nominated for multiple 2001 David di Donatello awards including Best Film.
L'ultimo bacio was released internationally with the title The Last Kiss for English-speaking audiences. Reviews of Stella's performance as Francesca, a beautiful teenager who seduces a man in a committed relationship, were generally positive. One American reviewer compared her to "a young Reese Witherspoon", while another described her portrayal in greater depth:
In an American movie, Francesca would be presented as a virgin with a Britney Spears-like come-on or trivialized as a mindless bimbo. In "The Last Kiss," she's presented without judgment as a normal, sexually active girl with a lot to learn about men. It's a balanced and sympathetic portrait.
Stella subsequently appeared in several more Italian films including 2002's Amnèsia, which was directed by past Academy Award-winner Gabriele Salvatores. Her film career has also included a small role in the 2004 Hollywood movie Ocean's Twelve. She studied English for her role in the 2009 Rob Marshall film Nine. The film was released in the US on November 25, 2009.
Stella made her theatrical debut in 2002 in Aggiungi un posto a tavola, and briefly returned to the stage in 2006 in Romeo e Guilietta. Stella has also played lead roles in various Italian television projects, including the miniseries Le ragazze di San Frediano and Piper.
Over the years, Stella has been a spokesperson for various commercial products - primarily clothing and cosmetics, and for several charitable causes.
Stella often visits Italian television talk shows to promote her acting projects and interests. She has also been a prank victim on Italian television's Scherzi a Parte, and she acted in the videoclip for the song "Eternal woman" by the Belgian band dEUS.
In print, Stella is a frequent cover model, interview subject, and story topic for Italian magazines. She has appeared multiple times on the covers of the Italian-language publications Max and Vanity Fair, and she was the cover model for the June 2009 issue of Playboy Italia.