Tomei, Marisa: Actor Profile

In Sidney Lumet's crime melodrama. “Before the Devil Knows You're Dead,” Marisa Tomei plays Gina, the adulterous trophy wife of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who's having a clandestine affair with his brother, played by Ethan Hawke.

Marisa Tomei received an Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the hit comedy, “My Cousin Vinny” (1992). Best known for rich comic performances, Tomei took a dramatic turn with Todd Field's “In the Bedroom” (2001), earning her a second Supporting Oscar Nomination.

Marisa just completed filming “War, Inc.” a political satire written by and also starring John Cusack. She recently starred in “Factotum” (in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes 2005) with Matt Dillon, directed by Bent Hamer; the box office hit “Wild Hogs,” directed by Walt Becker; and THINKFilm's “Loverboy,” directed by Kevin Bacon with Kyra Sedgwick, and the upcoming “Marilyn Hotchkiss” (both featured in Sundance 2005).

Tomei's diverse credits include “Alfie,” “Charm School,” Anger Management,” “The Guru,” “Happy Accidents,” “What Women Want,” “Slums of Beverly Hills,” “Welcome to Sarjevo,” The Perez Family,” “A Brother's Kiss,” “Danika,” and “Unhook the Stars” opposite Gena Rowlands, for which she was honored by her peers with a Screen Actor's Guild nomination.

On stage, Tomei was seen last year on Broadway opposite Al Pacino and Dianne Wiest in Oscar Wilde's “Salome” in the title role. Her previous theater credits include Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo's “We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!,” Clifford Odets' “Waiting for Lefty” and “Rocket to the Moon,” both directed by Joanne Woodward, among others. Tomei also starred in Noel Coward's “Design for Living” at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Tomei is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City.