Raoul confesses an interest in Buddhism and Judaism.
Raoul often says that if he was not an actor he would have opened a sports bar and become a physical education instructor.
Raoul loves to collect Bonzai trees.
Raoul's favorite singers are Laura Pausini, Jovanotti, and Pino Daniele. His favorite actors are Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Daniel Day-Lewis, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Paul Newman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Raoul has two sisters: Tiziana and Daniela. He also has two nieces: Flaminia and Beatrice.
Raoul nearly drowned in the sea as a child. In order to overcome the fear of drowning he started taking swimming lessons and became a champion at the age of 16.
Raoul studied acting at the school Beatrice Bacco in Rome.
Raoul says his lucky number is 14.
Raoul enjoys cooking with his father.
Raoul made a nude artistic calendar in 2000 for the Italian magazine Max.
Raoul is good friends with Giorgio Armani, Alessandro Gassman, Maria Grazia Cucinota, and George Clooney.
Raoul was named after his great grandfather.
Raoul had to lose 14 kilos to portray St. Francis in Francesco.
Raoul studied at the Italian Institute of Physical Education.
Raoul was born into a Roman white collar family.
Raoul enjoys collecting wood-carved sculptures and candles.
Raoul enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends, when he is not working.
Raoul appeared with Madonna in a 1999 Max Factor commercial.
His debut in cinema was in "Piccolo grande amore" by Carlo Vanzina.
He was a swimming champion with S.S. Lazio team of Rome, the oldest and most important sport club in Europe.
Raoul Bova: What's better: man or woman? Well...to love: the women, to born: I am satisfied to have been a man.
Raoul Bova: (about doing a love scene) I'll tell you, the love scene is always very, very difficult to shoot because you have all the crew around you and looking at you and when you are kissing someone, they say, `Don't put your hand on my shoulder because you're touching my hair' and something like that. And I say okay, okay. When you push the cheek, they're like, `Don't push the cheek' and I say okay. And you have to be very romantic and you say, okay. How can you enjoy the love scene?
Raoul Bova: (about his wife Chiara Giordano) To meet her was a sign of destiny, and I thank God for that: our union is cemented by the same principles, by the same ideals of life.
Raoul: (On what acting has taught him) It taught me to be selfless. By digging into my characters, when I find myself, for example, with my wife, automatically I try to imagine her mood, I try to put myself in her shoes. That's why often, I find myself saying she is right, even apologize to her. I wonder if that's a good thing...
Raoul: (On what he hates the most) Looking without acting upon it. And complaining. I detest anyone who pities him or herself without trying to change the hand they were dealt.