Biography of Giada Cologrande: The Italian Filmmaker and the Wife of Willem Dafoe

Giada Cologrande

The Hollywood star Willem Dafoe and Giada Cologrande seem like an odd pair at first glance. But, their chemistry tells some other stories. As a couple, they have enduring chemistry which leaves everyone to woo over them. Despite being the celebrity couple, they avoid the public eye and gossips columns. As a result, fans are becoming more curious to know about them especially Giada Cologrande. So, to meet the curiosities of all, here we have collected facts about the Italian beauty Giada Cologrande.

Who is Giada Cologrande?

Giada Cologrande was born on October 16, 1975, in Pescara, Italy. She spent most of her childhood in Italy with her family whose details are unknown. Later on, she traveled to different places around the globe for further studies. She has completed her education by attending colleges and universities in Italy, Switzerland, and Australia.

After completing her education, she moved to Rome in 1995 in a thirst to build up her career. She then began making video art and documentaries on contemporary art and her journey towards the entertainment world began.

Career Breakthrough

After moving to Rome, she joined the art project volume and worked from 1997 to 2000. There she made videos on the works of seven artists including Sol Lewitt, Alfredo Pirri, Bernhard Rudiger, Nunzio, Gianni Deiis, Raimund Kummer, Jannis Kounellis, and Maurizio Savini.

Cologrande released her first short movie named Carnaval in 1997. She then released two more short movies named Fetus-4 brings Death in 1999 and n.3 in 2000. Her biggest breakthrough came when she released her first featured film Aprimi il Cuore (Open My Heart) in 2001, written and directed by her. Besides, she has also produced and acted in the movie. The movie turned out to be a big hit and got nominated for many international awards. The film was premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2002.

Subsequently, the movie was also screened in the Tribeca Film Festival and Paris Cinema in 2003. It bagged the Prix de I’avenir’ Award in the Paris Cinema. Further, Giada was nominated for Best New Director in 2003 at the Silver Ribbon. Also, the movie was released by Lucky Red in Italy and nu Strand Releasing in 2003.

Before it had a name

In 2005, she directed her second movie “Before It Had a Name” in collaboration with Willem Dafoe. The actress had co-written and co-starred in the movie. The film was first premiered at the Venice Film Festival and then was shown in the San Sebastian Film Festival among others. It was also distributed worldwide with the title “Black Widow” by Millennium.

Giada has written and directed many other movies like A Woman, Bob Wilson’s Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, The Women Dress, and The Abramovic Method. Recently, she has been in the news for her 2016 movie PADRE. The script was written and directed by Giada. Also, she has also acted in the movie alongside Franco Battiato, Willem Dafoe, and Marina Abramovic. The movie was first premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival in October 2016.

Apart from these, Cologrande has acted in movies like Pasolini and Castello Cavalcanti in 2014. Moreover, in 2017, she debuted as a singer and composer in the project The Magic Door.

Personal Life: Relationship and Wedding Story

Giada Cologrande with Willem Dafoe

The Italian actress, director, and filmmaker Giada is married to actor Willem Dafoe since 2005. The duo first bumped into each other on the streets of Rome in 2004. They had some mutual friends and Dafoe knew her because of her movies. The real story about how their love story began is not known until date. However, whet we know is the couple tied the nuptial knots on 25th March 2005 after dating for a year.

Dafoe proposed Giada while they were having lunch in Rome. He recalled the moment and commented:

“We were having lunch and I said; Do you want to get married tomorrow?”

The following afternoon he pooped up the question, they exchanged the vows in a ceremony including just his manager and Giada’s editor as the guests in the City Hall. They have been married for 15 years and things are still clearly going well for the couple. They divide their time between Los Angeles. Rome and New York. Giada and Willem are often spotted together in romantic gateways taking a break from their busy schedules.
Dafoe supports her in making her career achieve new milestones. In an interview with Vogue, she talked about the same and said:

‘The collaboration I’ve got with Willem is ideal. Intense, pure, without interference.”

Giada and Willem are busy making their career and haven’t given birth to kids. Dafoe thinks Giada is still young and he can wait to have babies as long as Giada isn’t ready. However, Giada is stem-mom to Jack Dafoe, Willem’s son from his previous relationship with Elizabeth LeCompte.

Net Worth and Social Media Presence

Giada Cologrande has subsequently achieved a big hit in her career. With a successful career in Hollywood, her net fortune is estimated to be around $6 million as per some sources. However, any authentic sources haven’t revealed her net earnings. Likewise, she is not very active on Instagram and Twitter. Her Twitter and Instagram accounts are filled with posts about her projects rather than her personal life. Must say she is good at hiding her personal details and loves living a low-key profile life.