Maria Bello

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Quotes (13)

  • Maria Bello: (on working in Haiti with the group We Advance)It's to empower women throughout Haiti,... ...We have a women's clinic that sees 200 women a day. We do education classes, outreach classes on hygiene, health care, human rights and gender-based violence for hundreds of women a week.

  • Maria Bello: I never get to do light summer films. I tend to do things that are intense and anxiety-provoking. By the time I finish those films, I need to take a nap. I do actually gravitate toward the intense pieces, though. I like characters that are on the edge and also incredibly strong at the same time. I like when a character really teaches you something about yourself, and I find that I am learning something just about every single time. (Chicago Sun-Times; July 27, 2008 )

  • Maria Bello: (on the essential question she's trying to answer) I think one question can kind of encompass everything, which is what is my destiny? I've thought that since I was a young kid. And every day more, now I'm really realizing that the unfolding of a journey is an answer in itself. There's no end point that you get to and go, that's the one thing I'm supposed to be doing. (; September 23, 2005)

  • Maria Bello: The thing is I don't separate a character's sexuality from what she eats for breakfast. I'm not interested in living that cliché and living in that puritanical nature of things. I don't think that sexuality is something separate. It is like it has become a shadow part of ourselves, which I think is very unfortunate - I myself try to get that shadow out into the light. (Under Ground Online interview)

  • Maria Bello: (on winning and being nominated for awards) I think it's great. It makes me feel like wow because I think I am a simple person in so many ways. I love my work, I love what I do so all this icing on the cake is very good. (Under Ground Online interview)

  • Maria Bello: (on becoming a mother) After I had my son, the moment he came out of my body, I felt more love than I ever could have imagined, and more fear than I ever could have imagined. Because I can't even go to the space to think of if something happened to Jack, what I would do. (; October 1, 2005)

  • Maria Bello: Traveling always gives me a new perspective on life, myself and the world. Taking trips allows me to not only find answers outside of myself but inside as well.

  • Maria Bello: I think I take a film because I'm in the process of discovering something about myself. (; September 27, 2005)

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Trivia (14)

  • Maria has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards: in 1998 she won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for ER, and in 2004 she was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for The Cooler.

  • Maria's theatrical credits include After the Fact, Big Talk, His Pillow, A Life of the Mind, Out of Gas on Lover's Leap, and Young Frankenstein.

  • In the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly, Maria played a bar owner and bartender. In real life, she once worked as a bartender, as well as a dog walker and a house cleaner.

  • Maria attended Archbishop John Carroll High School for Girls in Philadelphia. She was a varsity cheerleader while she studied there.

  • In her 2006 film Flicka, Maria's character was scripted to pick up a snake for one of her scenes. You would never know it by watching the scene, but the director of the movie said in a DVD commentary that Maria is absolutely terrified of snakes. Allegedly, the actress prepared for this by carrying a rubber snake in her pocket for a while, and when the time came to do the real thing, she was completely natural. She even kissed the live snake, as you can clearly see when you watch the scene!

  • While starring on ER, Maria appeared once on NBC's "The More You Know" public service announcement. The topic she addressed was teen pregnancy.

  • Maria's height is 5'5" (1.65 m).

  • Maria has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award: in 2004 as Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Natalie Belisario in The Cooler, and in 2006 as Best Actress for playing Edie Stall in A History of Violence.

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