‘White Lotus’: Sabrina Impacciatore in Valentina Lesbian Sex Scene

By | December 6, 2022

Spoiler alert: This interview contains spoilers for Episode 6.White Lotus” airs Sundays on HBO and streams on HBO Max.

Sabrina’s impassive Valentina finally leaves this week’s “The White Lotus” episode, which follows last episode’s shocking sex scene – seemingly between an uncle and his niece – with a more tender relationship between the hotel manager and Mia (Beatrice Granno), a free spirit. An aspiring singer.

After tricking Giuseppe (Federico Scribani) and sending him to the hospital after accidentally drugging him, Mia takes over as the hotel’s substitute pianist, appealing to Valentina’s deepest fears and desires. “You’re gay, aren’t you? I’m a bit gay too,” she says. “Give me this job, and I promise you and I will have fun.” It’s a bold proposal, but instead of offending Valentina, it inspires deep emotion.

In episode 6 of the Mike White-created series, after Valentina’s heart is broken, Isabella (Eleanora Romandini) is engaged to Rocco (Federico Ferrante), the hotel manager accepts Mia’s promise and takes her to an empty room. Although most of the sex this season is fraught with taboo and danger, Valentina and Mia’s moment is sweet and innocent, despite the underlying commercialism.

For Impacciatore, the sex scene was the first in her 25-year-old acting career. And while she was sleepless with anxiety, she he said. Working with a close facilitator was “really helpful and effective and safe.”

Impacciatore’s standout moment of the series comes before that though – when Valentina tells Mia that she’s never been with a woman before. “He cried for half an hour and jumped into Mike’s arms,” ​​the Rome-born actor said after shooting a stolen scene in Impassiator’s spectacularly defeated devastation.

“I remember how I felt. I wasn’t acting, I was living the conflict of this character in a very deep way,” says Impaciatore. “Does it make me understand how introverts live their lives?”

Impacciatore is touched by the positive messages she receives from fans around the world who resonate with her character. That includes co-star Meghann Fahy, who sent Impacciatore a “beautiful message” that made her cry after watching a preview of episode 6. In fact, once in her Difference In an interview, describing Valentina’s journey, Impaciatore sheds tears: “She is free at last.”

Known mostly for her comedic work, Impassiatore made her name in Italian films such as “Napoleon and I” and “Miss F,” both of which were nominated for Davide di Donatello awards. Oscars). But the 54-year-old actress says filming “The White Lotus” changed her life and landed her several offers for projects in Italy and America.

“I’m very grateful,” Impacciatore said. “It’s one of the happiest moments of my entire career.”

Before the first stage of episode 6, Impacciatore sat down To discuss Valentina’s big moment, scenes left on the cutting room floor, and what “The White Lotus” means for her future.

Valentina is an interesting character. We feel sorry for her because she is lonely and dissatisfied, but at the same time she is constantly bothering the employee, and holds a lot of resentment. How does it balance?

This feature is very complicated. She is very sneaky and doesn’t reveal anything about her inner life at first. She is unconscious, and I explore this process with the character. I understand her reasoning. For example, her attitude towards Mia and Lucia [Simona Tabasco] It is related to her work, but it is also related to what is inside her. These two girls represent freedom. Valentina is crushed, and out of touch with her emotions.

To me, Valentina is trying to take over. She has power in her work, which is the opposite of what happens in her emotional life. She is like a child, very gentle. She has a crush on her co-worker just because she makes her visible and pays attention to her. She gets upset when she gets attention from men, but her heart starts to melt when she gets attention from Isabella. She has a huge conflict inside her – she doesn’t know herself until something happens and she can’t escape anymore.

Her attitude towards the men in the series seems to indicate a past experience she may have had with a man. How do you see Valentina’s backstory?

Mike White and I didn’t talk much about this character – maybe 10 minutes before we started shooting. I got to the show, but I still had no idea what was going to happen with this character. Seriously! It was a real search. In the early days, I was following Mike’s directions without really understanding where he wanted to take me. But he wanted to explore with me, and some of the scenes we shot ended up being cut, about Valentina’s past, a man she says was once married, but she wasn’t happy. So I made up a story about a husband who abuses her. I created everything I could to get closer to her process. That day, I remember how I felt shooting the scene where I said, “I’ve never been with a woman before.” I wasn’t acting, I was living this character’s conflict in a very deep way. “How do those who do not accept themselves live their lives?” It made me understand. I cried for half an hour after that scene. I jumped into Mike’s arms and said, “I love you! Thank you!” He said, “Sabrina? Why do you say that? You are the one doing these things. I said, “I do these things because of you. And I understand more about life because of you.”

Being gay in Italy is still a big deal. They have no rights in Italy. You can’t get married, you can’t have children. And sometimes they are attacked in the street just because they like someone of their own sex. And I started to understand my responsibility as an actor. We must accept and respect each nature. So this show was a profound experience for me.

Interesting to hear about the cut scenes. When I interviewed Murray Bartlett for Season 1, he told me there was a scene where Armand talks to Belinda (Natasha Rothwell) about always wanting to be an actress, and that realization guided how Murray played the hotel manager. But the audience never knows that.

Exactly! Another scene where I finally went up to the prostitutes and said, “I understand what you’re doing, and I stand up for you girls.” But Mike White is a genius – he can make you understand something profound about a character and about life itself with just a few touches.

What was your reaction when you first found out that Valentina was sleeping with Maya?

I was so happy! I was very excited. “Oh my god… really!?” I thought. I fell in love with Valentina. I was very surprised by the switch. She is finally free. She is finally free to accept herself. That was really fun for me. I really like Mike White. It took me to places I never imagined. He was having so much fun with me that he sometimes wanted to walk in three directions. “Let’s rip and roll!” It was kind of. But I was surprised that we explored these characters together in such a clean way.

What was it like filming the sex scene and working with an intimate director?

I’ve been an actor for 25 years, and I’ve never done a sex scene before. It was my first time. Working with the close coordinator was really helpful and effective and safe. I am very grateful that you use proximity coordinators in the regions. In Italy, we don’t have that.

The funny thing is, I had to shoot the scene two months later. I was shopping in Taormina and [executive producer] David Bernard called me and said, “I need to talk to you. Come to the hotel.” I was so nervous. He was waiting for me in the lobby, and I said, “Sabrina, I’m sorry, we’re having some production problems. Is it okay if we shoot the sex scene tomorrow?” At that point, I almost lost myself. I was thinking about the sex scene, but I said, “It’s okay, it’s in two months!” I thought. I wanted them to be happy, so I said, “Yes, of course, no problem.” Then I regretted it and said, “Why did you say that?!” I thought. I couldn’t sleep that night. We only shot the scene twice. I didn’t even know what I was doing. I was just scanning. After the first take, I said, “Can we have one more take, please?” I begged Mike. I wanted to add something emotional. Can you imagine the pressure? I don’t know what to take in the series.

Have you ever told friends or family that you have this big scene coming up, and you’re afraid they’ll see?

The only person I worry about the most is my father. There is no other person on the planet that I care about more. But unfortunately I lost my father a year ago. I think about him, and I know he’s very proud of this show and everything. But no one knows about this scene, not even my mother. I am very excited about this. In Italy this will be a big issue for my work because for the first time they will see me in a completely different way. I was just a comedian for 15 years, and people knew me as someone who made me laugh. I have done many dramatic roles, but this is something very new for me. I can’t wait to see what happens with my friends and family. I am excited like a child.

What was it like auditioning for the series? When it was announced that “The White Lotus” was coming to Sicily, was there much competition among Italian actors for these huge roles?

When I got the call from my agent that she needed a headband for this series, I had no idea what it was. I hadn’t seen “The White Lotus,” and I didn’t know Mike White. I was filming in the north of Italy and I was so focused on my character that I said to my agent, “I’m sorry, I can’t do the head tape, I’m busy.” Then my agent said, “You better watch this series and understand what I’m talking about.” So I didn’t sleep that night and watched the whole thing. I was shocked – it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life. After watching season 1, I understood why every Italian actor wanted to wear head tape. It was a big, big deal. Italian actors wanted to get these roles in order to In a bad way. When I took up the role, I got very bad reactions from people.

what kind of?

Jealousy. People were jealous in a bad way, and it hurt me a lot. I suffered a lot. Some people were really excited – even actors who were friends of mine who made head tapes. But I also experienced terrible jealousy, and that was really annoying. It’s hard. I have never felt jealous of any actress in the world because I believe in destiny. I believe everyone has their own story, and things happen to everyone for mysterious reasons written in the stars. I’m not competing with anyone. I compete with myself. I want to grow as an artist. When “The White Lotus” dropped online, I thought, “This is so worthy.” Because I have been preparing for that all my life. I don’t deserve jealousy.

Have you already started to see the impact of “White Lotus” on your career since season 2 started airing?

It is already happening in Italy and the US. A few minutes ago, I received a very beautiful proposal. It’s amazing because only a few episodes have been released and things are already happening. I am very grateful. It was one of the happiest moments of my entire life. Last week I went to an international event in New York and met people from all over the world. I was surprised – important producers from England and South Africa came and introduced themselves to me. I have the heart of a gypsy. I never felt that I was fully Italian. And my dream now is to be able to work in different places in the world, and I hope it will happen. I have been disappointed many times in my life. Being a woman and being an actress – it’s a big deal. I don’t want to have hope because I don’t want to put myself in the position of hoping for something that isn’t going to happen. But there’s a little voice inside that tells me, “Sabrina, get ready for a roller coaster.”

This interview has been edited and completed.

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