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Is combined with that of Gwyneth Paltrow to the chorus of voices that stir us to resist the force with which the pandemic is dramatically changing our Country. “You are at home. Prepare the pasta dough. Do FaceTime with grandma,” invites the actress in a long appeal social that has shared on her account Instagram with the title “love Letter to Italy”. And, in fact, from his words and from the video that accompanies it shines through her affection for a Country which he knows well and appreciates.

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My first trip to Italy was at the end of 1991. I had miraculously booked a TV movie that would start in the new year, so I quit my job at the fish restaurant in Santa Monica, borrowed money from my agent, and hopped on a plane. I met up with a college friend and we traversed the north on trains, spending Christmas with some family friends who were nonetheless strangers, and ending up in Venice. My next trip there was a few years later, when we moved to Rome to start preproduction on The Talented Mr. Ripley. I spent months succumbing to the delicious wildness of the south, with its incredible food and warm-hearted entropy. As it’s transpired, I have had some of life’s most profound happenings occur in Italy: My father died in Rome when we were on a road trip for my thirtieth birthday; Brad proposed to me in the Umbria region in 2017. Italy is a place we return to over and over. It is a country that believes deeply in the artisan, the family, the handmade, slow-grown quality of its goods. We make our G. Label clothing in its factories and, as it turns out, stock up on its low-temp-dried pasta, Neapolitan tomatoes, and fragrant olive oil during the times at home. When this crisis started, we held Italy, China, South Korea, Iran, and the other countries affected in our prayers, and now we have all followed suit. Each of these places has shown us what strength, resilience, and community can do during these surreal times, strictly restricting movement, with some even singing from their balconies. I wish for all of us to heed these very real warnings I know that this unprecedented crisis might pass quickly. Stay home. Make the dough. FaceTime your grandma. We will get through this.

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My first trip to Italy was at the end of 1991, to shoot a film for the tv that it would be started the next year”, he recalls.

“I left my job at the seafood restaurant Santa Monica, I borrowed money and I jumped on the first plane. There I met a college friend and we crossed the North of Italy by train, ending up in Venice”.

Since then, Paltrow has visited Italy on numerous occasions: “After a few years I came back to Rome, for the pre-production de The talented Mr Ripley. I spent months in the delightful wild nature of the South, with its amazing food, and her good heart. I have lived some of the most profound of life in Italy: my father died in Rome while we were in the car trip for my 30th birthday; Brad made me the proposal of marriage in Umbria in 2017″.

The actress concludes the long post, emphasizing the esteem of our and other Countries most affected in the first phase of the emergency: “When the crisis began, we have made Italy, South Korea, and China and the other Countries affected in our prayersand now we have all followed the example. Each of these Countries showed us what strength, resilience, and sense of community can do during this period, surrealthis severe restriction of movement. With so many people who even sing from the balconies,” reflects the actress, who then urges us, once again: “You are at home. You make the dough. Phone calls to your grandma on FaceTime. We will”.


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