Sophia Loren: 'The only thing I regret is that I never got married in a white dress'

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Veteran actress Sophia Loren says she intends on making movies forever. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)
Veteran actress Sophia Loren says she intends on making movies forever. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)

Most girls dream of having the perfect white wedding and screen legend Sophia Loren is no different. 

The Academy Award-winning actress recently revealed that her biggest regret was not having a white wedding when she married Carlo Ponti in 1966. 

“It’s very hard to say you have no regrets,” the Italian star told Radio Times. “In life, you always go through so many experiences, but I have always tried to live with no regrets.

“The only thing I regret a little is that I never got married in a white dress. That was the dream of my life, which is still inside me,” she said. 

Sophia (86) and Carlo, who died in 2007, were married for 41 years and had two sons, Edoardo (now 47) and Carlo (51).

Sophia and her late husband Carlo Ponti, who died
Sophia and her late husband Carlo Ponti, who died in 2007. The couple were married for 41 years. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)

The actress was also candid about her relationship with Hollywood heartthrob Cary Grant in 1957, saying he never proposed to her, as has long been rumoured.

Before she married Carlo, she was in a relationship with Cary while they were both working on the Spanish set of 1957 film The Pride and the Passion. “Cary Grant was a very handsome man and a wonderful actor, but he didn’t propose. I mean, how can you propose while you're doing a picture? It’s impossible.” 

Sophia Loren and Cary Grant remain one of the grea
Sophia Loren and Cary Grant remain one of the greatest cinematic love stories of the 20th century. (PHOTO:GALLO IMAGES/ALAMY)

Sophia was just 23 at the time and Cary, who was married to his third wife, was more than 30 years her senior. Sophia says at the time she’d already met and fallen in love with Carlo in Italy. 

“We had a very nice relationship, but Cary was much older than me. When you are 23, your ideas about love are not clear. You don’t know what you’re doing.

“It was my first American film and many things in my life were happening, but I had met a man in Italy who I fell in love with,” Sophia said.

Asked about whether she would walk down the aisle in a white dress now, she was emphatic. “No, no, no, no. I have children. I have grandchildren. No,” Sophia said. “I think I’ve reached a peaceful life. I have everything I ever wanted, which is a wonderful family with beautiful children and beautiful grandchildren.”

Sophia with her later husband Carlo (right) and tw
Sophia with her later husband Carlo (right) and two sons Carlo (far left) and Edoardo. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)

The veteran star is working again after an 11-year hiatus, returning to the limelight in the Netflix drama The Life Ahead.

The movie, which follows the bond between a Holocaust survivor and a young immigrant, is directed by Edoardo. 

Sophia plays Madame Rosa, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who helps to raise the children of deceased sex workers with whom she once walked the streets. Madame Rosa then forms a friendship with Momo, a 12-year-old Senegalese orphan (played by Ibrahima Gueye) who tries to steal her candlesticks.

Sophia plays Madame Rosa in the upcoming Netflix d
Sophia plays Madame Rosa in the upcoming Netflix drama The Life Ahead. She forms a friendship with Momo (played by Ibrahima Gueye). (PHOTO: NETFLIX)

Sophia says she “jumped at the chance” to play the character, who reminded her of her own mother. 

“I wanted to be inspired and challenged. If you choose the things that you think you can do best, you always save yourself in a way because you put on the screen an image of yourself which is truthful. This is what people like: truth,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month. 

She has worked with Edoardo twice before, most recently on 2002’s Between Strangers. “I really love working with my son because we know each other very well. I love his way of directing me.” 

Sophia, who received a lifetime achievement Oscar in 1991, has no intention of stopping acting any time soon. 

“I love cinema so much. I know it’s difficult to find good stories, but sometimes I fall in love with the right ones. I intend to make movies forever.”

The Life Ahead is coming to Netflix on 13 November.

Check out trailer here: The Life Ahead 


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