Maria Bello


Maria Bello Trivia


  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • In 1992, Maria, along with actor Tim Lord and writer Jason Duchin, founded DreamYard Drama Project, a nonprofit arts and education program for urban kids that brings writers, directors, dancers, painters and musicians into public schools, juvenile centers, and community centers.

    • Maria was a bridesmaid at Andrea Bendewald's wedding in 2001, the same one at which Jennifer Aniston was the matron of honor.

    • In an April 2004 interview conducted by close friend Carrie-Anne Moss, Maria revealed that her best friend when she was a student at Villanova University was an Augustinian priest named Father Ray Jackson.

    • Maria has one son with ex-partner and scriptwriter Dan McDermott; Jackson Blue McDermott was born March 5, 2001.

    • It is a popular misconception that Maria practices Muay Thai (lethal) kickboxing. In a February 12, 2006 interview in the Santa Barbara Independent, Maria states that the rumor was sparked when she did some training in 1996 for the short-lived television series Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

    • Maria is of Polish and Italian descent.

  • Quotes

    • 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)

    • Maria Bello: (on the lengths that a mother would go to protect her child) I don't think you understand what levels or what fears until you have a child of your own. I mean, I've never loved someone so much and I've never been so afraid in my life. And the truth is I would kill someone, whoever tried to hurt him. I would. I have no doubt about it. (; September 27, 2005)

    • Maria Bello: Where I came from, nobody was an actor. So I took a class, and I loved it. The next year I moved to New York City with 300 bucks in my pocket and a trash bag filled with clothes. (Interview magazine, April 2004)

    • Maria Bello: I want to make real good choices, to stretch myself, to be a really good human. I want to live life as art. (Oakland Tribune; August 6, 2006)

    • Maria Bello: I don't want to be one of these actors who can't act anymore because they don't live. (Interview magazine, March 1999)

    • Maria Bello: If you really let yourself live and have a lot of experiences, then those things don't leave you; they're part of you. Every character I play is a part of me. I never really feel like I'm making anything up. (Interview magazine, March 1999)