Fast five with Lorenza Izzo
Get to know this Chilean femme fatale who terrorises Keanu Reeves in Knock Knock
Name: Lorenza Francesca
Born: Sept 19, 1989, in Santiago, Chile
Filmography: Que pena tu boda (2011), Aftershock (2012), The Green Inferno (2013), Knock Knock (2015)
1 CHILE PADI
The Chilean beauty strutted down the runways in Brazil before making her 2011 feature film debut in Que pena tu boda, a romantic comedy by Nicolás López. A year later, the Chilean director cast Izzo in Aftershock, which became her career turning point.
Not only was the horror flick her English feature film debut, it also hooked her up with US director Eli Roth, who was the film's producer and lead actor. The couple got married last November.
2 SCREAM QUEEN
Izzo is quickly becoming a face in the horror genre, all thanks to Roth, a purveyor of horror and gory films. His resume includes Cabin Fever (2002) and the Hostel movies (2005, 2007).
Roth, 43, went on to cast her in two of his latest scary offerings - The Green Inferno, now showing in cinemas, and Knock Knock, opening here tomorrow.
3 FATAL ATTRACTION
Erotic thriller Knock Knock sees Izzo joining forces with Cuban actress Ana de Armas as a pair of hot young girls who walk into a married man's (Keanu Reeves) life and turn a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare.
4 CRAZY MODE
Izzo and de Armas' characters, Genesis and Bel, are two nutcases, but Izzo was careful not to make Genesis too crazy.
"I was very conscious of portraying someone that was very empowered but troubled," the 26-year-old told entertainment website A.V. Club.
"I think she's angry at society and she almost feels - not defeated, but separated and ignored by society and culture."
Izzo also told Interview magazine that she's "drawn to discomfort and uncertainty".
"No matter how (Knock Knock) is received, it sparks an internal conversation. No one knows the answer to the central question, 'Did these girls plan to do what they did?' That's why I love it."
5 KICKING AROUND WITH KEANU
While she knew of Reeves, Izzo told Nylon magazine she wasn't aware of the extent of his fame at first.
"I didn't realise how huge a deal he was until I went to the Deauville American Film Festival where they had a tribute to him," she said.
"He was just this great guy, one who's simply fascinating to watch. I learnt so much from him.
"Of course it helped that I had so much fun tying him down. To be able to manipulate and torture him was pure joy!"
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