Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino


9/28/1967, Tenafly, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Mira Katherine Sorvino


out of 10
User Rating
44 votes


Since her first leading role, as a convict's loyal girlfriend, in her friend Rob Weiss' debut film Amongst Friends (1993), Mira Sorvino has been on the fast track to stardom, playing a wide variety of multifaceted characters. Her breakthrough role displayed her willingness and ability to take on…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In February 2009 Mira announced that she is expecting her third.

    • In February 2008 Mira made a guest appearance on the popular show House as Cate Milton, talk circulated that her character could become a series regular but the writers strike ended that speculation.

    • Mira was nominated for a SAG Award in 1996, for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role" for Mighty Aphrodite.

    • In 1996, Mira won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Linda Ash on Mighty Aphrodite.

    • Mira was a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.

    • Mira is mentioned in the theme song for The Adventures of George the Projectionist.

    • Mira's height is 5'10.

    • Both Mira and her husband have starred in the hit comedy Will and Grace although they did not star in the same episode.

    • Sorvino is a known political activist and is proudly affiliated with Amnesty International.

    • Mira's favorite book that you will always find on her bookshelf is Bitched Out of Carolina.

    • In 2005 Mira was sworn in as a honorary deputy Sheriff in Lackawanna County, her father who is a long term friend of the Lackawanna County Sheriff watched. Her father had been sworn in when Mira was 13 as a honorary Sheriff himself.

    • Sorvino's sister followed her father's wishes and is not in the acting business: instead she runs an animal rescue mission.

    • Mira's brother Michael is also an actor although not as famous as his sister as he appeared in many of his sister's films such as Sweet Nothing and Almost Friends.

    • Sorvino's love of China developed as a child after reading the Pearl S Buck book The Good Earth as she got older she started hanging out in Chinatown and making a lot of Chinese - American friends.

    • Sorvino met her husband while he was a waiter in the restaurant Sur Restaurant and Grill in West Hollywood in 2003.

    • Sorvino married her husband in Santa Monica where they had a civil service. However, to respect her Italian heritage, they then had a formal ceremony in Capri in Italy.

    • Despite having a Harvard University Degree which implies her intelligence she goes against this and to critics and fans amusement plays the ditzy roles.

    • Sorvino is a childhood friend of the Proof actress Hope Davis and as children they would perform for their neighbours.

    • Sorvino is 15 years older than her husband Christopher Backus.

    • In 2000, Sorvino made her stage debut in New York in a theatre production by Luigi Pirandello called Naked.

    • Mira is fluent in both the languages Mandarin Chinese and French.

    • In People magazine in 1996 Sorvino was honoured as being one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

    • Sorvino auditioned for the role of Dorothy Boyd for the film Jerry Maguire but she lost out on the role to Renee Zellweger.

    • Sorvino and her husband had their second child a boy named Johnny in May 2006. Johnny weighed a healthy 7 lbs. and 14 oz when he was born.

    • Sorvino married Christopher Backus in 2004 and had their daughter Mattea Angel in November 2004.

    • Mira was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006 in the category of "Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television", for her role in the mini-series Human Trafficking. She also won a Golden Globe in 1995, for "Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" for Mighty Aphrodite. She was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1997 for "Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television" for Norma Jean and Marilyn.

    • Mira dated Olivier Martinez [1999-2002]. She dated Quentin Tarantino [1996 - February 1998].

    • Mira graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1989, with a BA in Chinese (East Asian Languages and Civilizations). Her honors thesis: "Anti-Africanism in the People's Republic of China" about the Nanjing Anti-African protests, which won the Harvard Hoopes Prize for writing.

  • Quotes

    • Mira: (On her husband) We saw each other and something made us want to talk more.

    • Mira: (on the relationship between her character and Dr. House in "House") They're similar in that they're both loners and strong-willed and there's this nice little subplot, chemistry, sexual tension... You definitely feel that if they were not separated by thousands of miles and glaciers that maybe something would happen.

    • Mira: When you're a film actor, you kind of reserve TV as the last bastion of suspension of disbelief. You get used to the characters and you don't really think about the way that it's made. When I watch movies, I'm a lot more critical about the stunts, the edits, the performances.

    • Mira: I'm more of a guilt-ridden person. My mother and father's upbringing made me very conscious of trying not to hurt other people. I would not be able to do that sort of triple seduction thing and convince the other people that I love them.

    • Mira: I'd do a Romy and Michele again. I'd do a Romy and Michele 2, I'd be happy to do that.

    • Mira: (on the Cannes festival) Cannes is more intense than the Oscars and more intimidating for actresses, especially because the hair and dress preparations are more frenzied and chaotic.

    • Mira: (on why she is part of Amnesty International) Even in the United States, violence against women is the number one threat to women's safety in terms of their health. Women are more likely to be injured or killed by violence then any other threat.

    • Mira: (on why she became an actress) I wanted to play every character in every kind of situation.

    • Mira: There's a side of my personality that goes completely against the East Coast educated person and wants to be a pin up girl in garages across America, there's a side that wants to wear the pink angora bikini.

    • Mira: I had a Christian upbringing, it was all about sin and guilt. I was very happy just kissing people, I was like the make-out Queen not even second base!

  • Where has she gone?

    She has not done much lately of note that I can see, but darn, she has the best legs in Hollywood!
  • An attractive Italian with a softer or rounded edge about her. Mira has done Horror and Drama successfully. She is known for her big screen presence, but has succeeded in tv well.moreless

    I am not the person that should be doing a review of Mira, as you can see by my score. I believe she has been noted more on her looks than talent as an actor. She is at least average in the limited work that I have seen (Mimic and a guest on House). She received an Oscar, Golden Globe and other awards for Mighty Aphrodite (I haven't seen it). She is a veteran actor doing 45 movies and is a producer on two to date. She might not be a favorite, but you cannot deny her mark in the industry.moreless