Airdate | Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hometown | Tenafly, NJ
Why You (Should) Know Her
- She co-starred alongside Lisa Kudrow as Romy in the fake-it-til-you-make-it Post-It inventors in the 1997 comedy, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.
Why She’s Buzzing | She’s starring in Union Square, a guerilla-type indie film that hits theaters July 13.
- Her father, Paul Sorvino, is a character actor and director. One of his notable roles was playing Paulie Cicero in 1990’s Goodfellas. According to her IMDB profile, her father initially discouraged her from becoming an actor.
- Sorvino graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1989 with a degree in East Asian Studies/Chinese. She also helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, a co-ed a cappella group.
- In 1990, she made her acting debut on an episode of Law & Order which, at that time, starred her father. Her scene ultimately was left on the cutting room floor, but she earned a Screen Actors Guild card.
- In 1997’s Mimic, Sorvino played Dr. Susan Tyler, a character who used genetic engineering on insects. Entomologist Thomas Eisner named the defense mechanism of the sunburst diving beetle “mirasorvone” in her honor.
- In 2006, she received Amnesty International’s Artist of Conscience Award. She’s been affiliated with Amnesty International since 2004.
- Since 2009, Sorvino has been a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and has made efforts against human trafficking in Darfur.
Selections from Filmography
1995 Mighty Aphrodite (won Academy Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Chlotrudis Award, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award and Southeastern Film Critics Association Award—all for best supporting actress)
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn (nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Award)
1997 Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (nominated for MTV Movie Award)
1997 Mimic (nominated for Saturn Award)
1998 The Replacement Killers
2000 The Great Gatsby
2001 The Triumph of Love
2003 Will & Grace (Episode “Last Ex to Brooklyn” as Diane)
2003 Gods and Generals
2005 Human Trafficking (nominated for Golden Globe)
2007 Reservation Road
2008 House (Episode “Frozen” as Dr. Cate Milton)
2009 Attack on Leningrad
2011 Angels Crest
2011 Union Square
2012 Perfect Sisters