• Giada Colagrande is an Italian filmmaker and actress.
• She attended art schools in Switzerland and Australia before moving to the USA.
• She has directed the films "Open My Heart" (2002) and "Padre" (2016).
• She is married to actor Willem Dafoe.
• Her net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million.
Who is Giada Colagrande?
Giada is an Italian filmmaker and actress, perhaps best known to the world for directing films “Open My Heart” (2002) and “Padre” (2016), among several other projects.
Giada Colagrande Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Giada Colagrande was born on 16 October 1975, in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy; she hasn’t revealed her parents’ names and their vocations, and there’s no information on whether she has any siblings or not.
Throughout her adolescence, Giada lived in Switzerland and Australia, having attended art schools there before moving to the USA to pursue a career. However, she hasn’t revealed which schools she went to.
Giada launched her career in 1995, as she began making video art and documentaries on contemporary art; she was a part of the art project VOLUME from 1997 to 2000. During this time, she made a series of video portraits of several contemporary artists, which included Alfredo Pirri, Bernard Rudiger, Jannis Kounellis, Nunzio, Gianni Dessi, Sol Lewitt, and Raimund Kummer.
This early work was followed by three short films, “Carnaval” (1998), then “Fetus – 4 Brings Death” (1999), and “n.3” (2000).
Two years later, Giada directed her full-length debut film, “Open My Heart”; she wrote and starred in the film, which follows Maria and her younger sister Catarina who have both had a tragic childhood that follows into adulthood. The film co-starred Natalie Cristiani and Claudio Botosso, and it won Giada Prix de l’Avenir at Paris International Cinema Meeting.
Rise to Prominence
Her early success with “Open My Heart” opened many doors for the young Italian director. Her second feature, “Before It Had a Name” came out in 2005; having collaborated with her husband, Willem Dafoe, on this one, who also starred in the film alongside Giada and Seymour Cassel. The film follows a young Italian girl who inherits a house in the New York countryside from her lover, and when she goes to see the house for the first time, meets the caretaker of the house. The film was shown at several prestigious international film festivals, including Venice and San Sebastian, among others.
Five years later, Giada’s next full-length project was released, “A Woman”, which again starred Dafoe, alongside Jess Weixler and Stefania Rocca, about a romance between a young woman and a famous novelist, and the troubles they have once her obsession with the memory of his dead wife takes over.
Her next project was the short film “The Woman Dress” in 2012, starring Maya Sansa, Annie Hart, and Erika Spring Forster, and the same year, she directed the documentary biopic about Marina Abramovich, entitled “Bob Wilson’s Life & Death of Marina Abramovic”, starring Marina herself, Robin Wilson and Willem Dafoe.
Her collaboration with Marina Abramovic continued the following year, when she directed the short documentary film “The Abramovic Method”.
To speak further of her accomplishments, Giada co-starred in Wes Andersen’s short comedy-drama film “Castello Cavalcanti”, alongside Jason Schwartzman and Giorgio Zancolla.
Moreover, in 2016 she directed another feature film, “Padre”, about a woman who mourns the death of her father, but is contacted by him from another dimension. The film’s main stars were again Giada and Dafoe, accompanied by Franco Battiato.
Her most recent project was the music video “Massimiliano Cignitti: Buio in sala”, while she’s now working on the thriller film “Tropico”, which is currently in pre-production and will star Morena Baccarin, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe.
Giada Colagrande’s net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million, as of late 2022.
Personal Life, Dating, Married, Husband, Children
Giada and Willem met in 2004 at the premiere of one of her films in Rome, and married on 25 March 2005 in a small ceremony with two friends and witnesses. Dafoe said that the two were simply having lunch when he asked her, do you want to get married tomorrow? When she said yes, the two went ahead that very next day.
The two split their time between Los Angeles, New York City and Rome. They don’t have children, while Giada is a stepmother to Dafoe’s son, Jack, from his previous relationship with director Elizabeth LeCompte.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Giada Colagrande has black hair and brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 4ins (1.63m), while she weighs approximately 135lbs (62kgs). Her vital statistics and bra size are currently unknown, though she has an average figure.
Giada Colagrande Husband, Willem Dafoe Short Bio
William James Dafoe was born on 22 July 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, one of eight children born to Dr. William Alfred Dafoe and his wife Muriel Isabel, who was a nurse.
He went to Appleton East High School, and after matriculation enrolled at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, where he studied drama. However, he left before graduating, and joined the experimental company Theatre X.
He studied acting under Richard Schechner, and later joined the Wooster Group with Spalding Gray and Elizabeth LeCompte.
Willem made his on-screen debut in the drama film “The Loveless” (1981), and since then has appeared in more than 140 film and TV titles. He’s earned four Academy Award nominations, and has won more than 80 awards with 120 nominations. Some of his most popular roles include Sgt. Elias in the film “Platoon” (1986), then Jesus in the film “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), and Caravaggio in the Academy Award-winning romantic war drama film “The English Patient” (1996). In 2000 he was Max Schreck in the film “Shadow of the Vampire”, while in 2002, he played Green Goblin/Norman Osborn in the film “Spider-Man”, then as Bobby in the film “The Florida Project” (2017), while most recently, he was Vincent van Gogh in the biopic “At Eternity’s Gate” (2018), in addition to many other notable roles he’s had so far.
He is now working on several projects, including the film “The Man in My Basement”, which is now in pre-production, while he will star in the film “Gonzo Girl”, in post-production and without a premiere date set yet.
According to sources, Willem Dafoe’s wealth is estimated at over $40 million, as of late 2022.