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Camila Morrone

Camila MorroneCamila Morrone, born June 16th, 1997 in Los Angeles is an American model and actress. She has played supporting roles in Bukowski in 2013 and Death Wish in 2018, and lead roles in Never Goin' Back also in 2018 as well as Mickey and the Bear in 2019.

Morrone was born to Argentine actress Lucila Polak and model Maximo Morrone. Her parents divorced in 2006. Her mother subsequently had a long-term relationship with actor Al Pacino and though they never married, Morrone refers to Pacino as her stepfather.

She started her career as a model and has appeared on the cover page of the Turkish edition of Vogue in 2016 and made her runway debut modeling for Moschino's 2017 resort collection.

Morrone made her acting debut in James Franco's 2013 film Bukowski. She returned to acting in the 2018 action film Death Wish. In 2018 Morrone co-starred in Augustine Frizzell's directorial debut Never Goin' Back.

The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was later given a release by A24. After being cast in Daisy Jones & The Six, Morrone indicated that she would focus most of her time towards her career on acting rather than modeling.

On October 18th, 2019, Morrone received the Rising Star Award at the San Diego International Film Festival.

Camila MorroneAs a girl, Camila Morrone didn't think much of actors. From her family's two-bedroom apartment on the last legal block of the 90210 ZIP Code, she watched her parents run lines, cramming for auditions that were rarely successful.

Her father, Maximo, had been a famous supermodel in the '90s, posing alongside Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss in Versace and Valentino campaigns.

The money he'd made modeling kept the family afloat when he and his wife, Argentine actress Lucila Sola, couldn't find work acting.

"I saw them struggle their whole lives to be financially independent actors, and seeing them go through that, I was kind of turned off to it," Morrone recalled. "There was so much angst around acting, and it was such a topic of conversation - never knowing where your next paycheck is going to come from."

"I thought - 'I am going to go to college. I'm going to have a normal 9-to-5 job.' And of course, I ended up exactly like them."

Well, not really, but, it was only two years ago, after a brief modeling stint in New York City, that Morrone decided to follow in her parents' footsteps. Now, at 22, she's anchoring a movie that's earning her comparisons to Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone."

It's easy to understand why the fledgling actress' performance is being likened to the Oscar winner's. In "Mickey and the Bear" — a tiny independent film that has slowly been opening in theaters over the past few weeks.

Camila MorroneIn the film Morrone plays a self-sufficient high school senior tasked with taking care of her single father, a veteran struggling with PTSD. The movie, the directorial debut of Annabelle Attanasio, is set in an impoverished Montana town.

Mickey makes money as a taxidermist, doesn't wear makeup and shares a trailer home with her dad - played by James Badge Dale.

"I think people are seeing comparisons between the two films because of the setting and the cold and all that stuff - and I guess the outfits are grungy and similar," said Morrone, who said she rewatched Lawrence's breakout film before shooting began in Montana.

"I mean, it's crazy. Jennifer Lawrence is a mastermind. She has no training and she's just so naturally good. I definitely don't let any of it go to my head. I think the biggest thing is not believing any of your press."

But unlike Lawrence in her early days, Morrone has already had a taste of fame. Last month, for instance, she said she wanted to meet for an interview at a brand-new luxury hotel in West Hollywood, the Edition.

When a hotel representative learned of this, Morrone was immediately offered a free private penthouse suite for the day. That's likely not because she's starring in a critically acclaimed indie film. It's probably because she has 1.9 million followers on Instagram, and her boyfriend is Leonardo DiCaprio.

Camila MorroneDiCaprio is a sensitive subject for Morrone. Not only do people assume he must help get her work in the movie industry but at 45, he's more than two decades her senior. In July, she posted a vintage photo of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart on her Instagram, captioning the black-and-white shot "a love like this."

Because the stars had a 25-year-age gap, her followers assumed she was clapping back at those who have criticized the generational difference between her and DiCaprio. She was insistent that that wasn't her intention with the photo - she just loves classic Hollywood - but acknowledged that judgment about her relationship does bother her.

"There are so many relationships in Hollywood and in the history of the world where people have large age gaps," she said, settling into a plush white couch that looked as if it had never been used. "I just think anyone should be able to date who they want to date."

Still, she said she gets why the public is fascinated by her relationship: "I probably would be curious about it too" - but is hopeful that as her career grows, she won't always be mentioned alongside her boyfriend.

"I think more and more now that people are seeing the film, I am slowly getting an identity outside of that," she said. "Which is frustrating, because I feel like there should always be an identity besides who you're dating. I understand the association, but I am confident that will continue to slip away and be less of a conversation."

Camila Morrone is eager to shed her reputation as a model as she segues into acting. Morrone also is trying to shed her reputation as a model. As a teenager at Beverly Hills High - where everyone she met "seemed to own a jewelry company or something" - she began fielding requests to pose for local brands.

Camila MorroneShe only earned a day rate, but it was better than the other high school jobs she could find offering minimum wage. As her modeling career took off, she was able to move to New York - renting and furnishing her own place in the city by 18 years of age and travel internationally.

But she didn't love the work. She was pressured to lose weight, she said, and forced to "network with these people and sell a part of my soul to them."

And then she landed a supporting role in the 2018 Bruce Willis action flick "Death Wish." She felt so at home on set that immediately after the project wrapped, she called her modeling agency and told them she was quitting the profession.

She packed her bags, got rid of her apartment, moved in with her mom in West Hollywood and found an acting coach.

Before she got "Mickey and the Bear," Morrone had not worked for a year. The parts she was being offered weren't the ones she wanted to take: the mean girl, the hot cheerleader, the lead's girlfriend. Usually, those offers came after a casting director had only seen her image online - a girl who'd had "more than 2 hours of hair and makeup wearing perfectly fitted clothes."

"I felt so ashamed of my modeling history when I first got into acting, so I tried to hide that part of my life, because I didn't want to be looked at as too sexy for a role," she said.

Camila Morrone"I've heard, 'Oh, she's not homey-looking,' or 'too voluptuous' or — I don't want to say sexy, because then I sound like I think of myself that way - which I don't - but that's oftentimes it."

So when she was up for "Mickey and the Bear," Morrone decided to fly herself out to Montana to camera test for Attanasio.

"I wanted to see her in the environment, and I told her to dress as the character," the filmmaker said. "And when she walked through the door, she really was Mickey. There was nothing glamorous about her. She reminded me of one of my younger sister's friends."

As Morrone's co-star Dale put it: "Montana Cami is very different from Los Angeles Cami."

"When we are all hanging out in L.A., everyone is getting dressed up, and in Montana, she'd be rolling around in a sweatshirt and Carhartts," said the actor.

"When I heard she'd flown herself out to Montana to read, I thought, 'How brave.' It's brave to do that, because in this world we live in, most of the time, the answer is 'no.'"

Once she landed the role, Morrone moved to Anaconda, Montana, for six weeks. She lived in a motel, filmed in a trailer with no heat or running water and apprenticed with a local taxidermist.

Camila MorroneShe worked on mounting the skin of a deer onto a clay head, which she said she did without complaint, even though she was "grossed out" by the texture of the animal's skin and eyeballs.

"I was like, 'I'm in it for real,'" she said of the filming experience. "But I literally have never been happier. Being on set for me is my happiest time. Like, this is exactly what I've wanted my whole life. I don't know why I spent all this time avoiding it and being afraid of taking this on."

Despite the effusively positive accolades she's received for the role, Morrone said she has yet to see any practical changes in her career.

"It is obviously very flattering - and I wish it was true, but it's not like since this came out I'm getting scripts and offers," she insisted. "I'm reading scripts, going in and auditioning for them, getting 'no's,' sometimes getting callbacks, then getting a 'no.' Nothing is guaranteed."

Since uttering those words, however, Morrone did land one big gig: starring alongside Riley Keough in the upcoming Amazon series "Daisy Jones & the Six."

She said she'd like to have a career like Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie or Emily Blunt - actresses who, when they're 80, can say, "I've done a period piece and a drama and played a drug addict and a mother."

"I am not expecting to be an overnight success or a star from this film," Morrone said. "The only thing I would really love from this movie is to put me in a better position when I'm fighting for a role or a big job - to give a director who is thinking about maybe hiring me the confidence to take a risk on me."

Camila Morrone"Or maybe for me to not feel like a risk. Because until now, everyone who has chosen me for their film has taken a risk on me. And I am really grateful for it."

Camila made her grand entrance to the world during Gemini season in 1997, but her love story with Leonardo DiCaprio did not start there. Actually, their story started around 10 years ago, when Camila was about 12 years old and her former stepdad Al Pacino, who is Leo's longtime buddy, introduced the two.

According to W, they're all "old family friends." So let's move on to when they actually started dating.

One look at Leo's entire dating history, one can notice that the Cannes Film Festival is his favorite time of year to hang out with his current girlfriend, who he never publicly acknowledges.

In 2016, he met Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal there. They dated until he broke up with her a couple of days before Cannes 2017. This is where Camila, who was 19 at the time, came in.

In 2018 despite it being a heatwave at Coachella, Leo attempted to go undetected in a hoodie and baseball cap while being with Camila during the festival.

Taking a break from filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Leo chilled with Camila and her mother on a yacht in Antibes, France. Once again the baseball hats and hoodies made an appearance aboard.

Camila MorroneIn 2019 DiCaprio went to Cannes again, but once again, did not publicly hangout with Camila, but did show up on Instagram with photos of her at the film Premiere of her film, Mickey and the Bear. He took were some candid pics of her dancing in a polka-dot dress there. She later wrote on Instagram:

"One of my proudest moments has been watching this small, low budget film, shot in a small town in Montana, make it all the way to the screen in Cannes. Cannes to me has always been the most incredible festival and my biggest dream. I think we were all pretty terrified to embark on this journey together, but I couldn't be more grateful I did it with these peeps. I love you all and I never want this feeling to go away. Thank you to every person that has taken the time to sit and watch our film. It means more to us than you could imagine - merci."

About two years after she started dating Leo, Camila spoke quite a lot about their relationship in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. (an incredibly rare thing for Leo's girlfriends to do, considering the alleged nondisclosure agreements he asks them to sign while dating him.)

In this new interview, Camila said she understands why people are curious about her and Leonardo but ultimately thinks that "anyone should be able to date who they want to date." She also hopes it doesn't continue to be 'a thing' because she wants her own identity. She later explained:

"I think more and more now that people are seeing the film, I am slowly getting an identity outside of that. Which is frustrating, because I feel like there should always be an identity besides who you're dating - I understand the association, but I am confident that will continue to slip away and be less of a conversation."

Camila MorroneCamila is not interested in critical comments about her relationship with Leo. She told WSJ magazine about how she handles the heat from the public when it gets intense after the magazine named her one of the 10 biggest rising talents in Hollywood.

"More exposure leads to more judgment and negativity," Camila said. "It's a little bit of a bummer because you're really trying to do good work and be nice and be a good person, and in the meantime - people wish negative things upon you."

It has been two years since Camila Morrone and Leonardo DiCaprio started dating, and people still are not over their 22-year age gap. Leo and the Mickey and the Bear actress met when she was just 10 years old.

They met through her stepdad, Al Pacino. In Camila's latest interview, in which she said she understands why everyone is obsessed with their ages but admitted it is frustrating.

Talking to the Los Angeles Times, Camila first addressed that photo and fawning caption she posted about Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who had a 25-year age gap, and said it wasn't a reference to her and Leo despite what everyone thought.

She then defended her relationship by saying that people all throughout history have had big age gaps so it doesn't really matter. Debatable, but moving on. Camila added, "I just think anyone should be able to date who they want to date," before saying, "I probably would be curious about it too."

Camila MorroneHer mother was in a relationship with Al Pacino since 2009. She refers to Pacino as her "stepfather" although he and her mother have not yet married. She has a younger brother named Sky.

IMG represented model turned actress who has appeared in Sports Illustrated as well as ads for Victoria's Secret PINK. In 2018, she starred in the film Never Goin' Back.

She gained fame quickly through her Instagram account where she has over 1.5 million followers and she has posted photos with fellow models like Hailey Clauson and Devon Windsor.

Her mother is of half Ashkenazi Jewish from her own father's side and half Slovenian from her own mother's descent. Camila's grandfather's ancestors were from the Ukraine, Austria, and Russia.

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