A few years ago, Monica was asked by late filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra to play Congress President Sonia Gandhi, but that hadn’t worked out. “Yes, I was once approached to play Sonia Gandhi in an Indian movie, but I didn’t like the script, so I didn’t go ahead with it,” she says.
Although Italian by birth, Monica hasn’t done too many films in her homeland, choosing to focus on international projects. And despite being brought up in a very conservative society, she’s best known for playing overly sensual roles. “I have a woman inside me that comes from my grandmother, my mother and my country. I am an independent woman, so I do what I want to do and I go where I want to go,” she explains. “But inside me, there is a suffering that comes from women of earlier generations who made me, like my mother and grandmother. And that comes to the fore when I act.”
Speaking further about her roots and the socio-political scenario in Italy, Monica reveals, “I’m from a country where women have to fight for their rights. Years ago, even if a woman was killed by her husband, he would get away with it as it was considered a crime of passion. And if you go to the south of Italy, one’s virginity is still a taboo subject.”