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Stella made her cinematic debut at the age of 17 in 2001 in L'ultimo bacio. The film was a success in Italy, and was nominated for multiple 2001 David di Donatello awards, including Best Film.
L'ultimo bacio was released internationally, with the title The Last Kiss for English-speaking audiences. Reviews of Stella's performance as Francesca, a beautiful teenager who seduces a man in a committed relationship, were generally positive. One American reviewer compared her to "a young Reese Witherspoon",while another described her portrayal in greater depth:
In an American movie, Francesca would be presented as a virgin with a Britney Spears-like come-on or trivialized as a mindless bimbo. In "The Last Kiss," she's presented without judgment as a normal, sexually active girl with a lot to learn about men. It's a balanced and sympathetic portrait.
Stella proceeded to build a career as an actress in Italian films, including 2002's Amnèsia, which was directed by past Academy Award-winner Gabriele Salvatores. Her film career has also included a small role in the 2004 Hollywood movie Ocean's Twelve. She studied English for her role in the 2009 Rob Marshall film Nine.
Stella made her theatrical debut in 2002 in Aggiungi un posto a tavola, and briefly returned to the stage in 2006 in Romeo e Guilietta. Stella has also played lead roles in various Italian television projects, including the miniseries Le ragazze di San Frediano and Piper.
Appearances in other media
Over the years, Stella has been a spokesperson for various commercial products (primarily clothing and cosmetics) and for several charitable causes.
Stella often visits Italian television talk shows to promote her acting projects and interests. She has also been a prank victim on Italian television's Scherzi a Parte, and she acted in the videoclip for the song "Eternal woman" by the Belgian band dEUS.
In print, Stella is a frequent cover model, interview subject, and story topic for Italian magazines. She has appeared multiple times on the covers of the Italian-language publications Max and Vanity Fair, and she was the cover model for the June 2009 issue of Playboy Italia.
Year Film Role Other notes
2001 L'ultimo bacio Francesca Directed by Gabriele Muccino
2002 Amnèsia Luce Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Nemmeno in un sogno Vale
Un amore perfetto Laura
2004 Ocean's Twelve Nagel’s assistant Directed by Steven Soderbergh
2008 K. Il bandito Clara
Il mattino ha l'oro in bocca Cristina
Il seme della discordia Nike
2009 Nine Donatella Directed by Rob Marshall
Un'estate ai Caraibi Laura
Year Film Role Other notes
2003 Imperium: Augustus Young Livia
2004 Le stagioni del cuore Emma Valenti
2006 La freccia nera Giovanna Bentivoglio di Fanes Television miniseries
2007 Le ragazze di San Frediano Silvana Television miniseries
2009 Donne assassine Patrizia