Exclusive Portrait: Mira Sorvino Joins Season 32 ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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CHICAGO – On September 13th, the celebrity participants of the 32nd Season of “Dancing with the Stars” was revealed, and among those taking on the challenge is Mira Sorvino, the Oscar-winning actor and activist. Ms. Sorvino was recently photographed by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com at Chicago’s FAN EXPO in August.

Mira Katherine Sorvino was born in New York City, and is the daughter of actors Paul Sorvino and Lorraine Ruth Davis. Despite many directions in her young life, including a study of East Asian studies at Harvard University and fluent Mandarin, she chose to follow the path of her parents and made her TV debut with the syndicated “Swans Crossing” in 1992. A year later she made her film debut with “Amongst Friends” and followed that up with 1994 roles in “Quiz Show” and “Barcelona.” “Mighty Aphrodite” (1995), directed by Woody Allen, put her in the spotlight for the Oscar win, and is remembered for the moving speech acknowledging her actor father Paul. Post her win, she drew raves portraying Marilyn Monroe in “Norma Jean & Marilyn” (1996) and starred in a cult classic with Lisa Kudrow, “Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion” (1997).

Mira Sorvino at FAN EXPO Chicago in August
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Encounters with Harvey Weinstein in the latter half of the 1990s changed her career when she rebuffed his advances, and he subsequently blackballed her in the film industry community, effectively (as she mentions in the interview) for 20 years. But through it all she continued to work, as well as becoming an activist for Amnesty International. Her work in bringing to light worldwide slavery, in addition to anti-human and child trafficking, led to her role in “Sound of Freedom.”

CLICK HERE for an interview with Mira Sorvino by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.

The 32nd Season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023, on ABC-TV 8pmET/7pCT, streaming on HULU afterward. See local listings.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Editor and Film Critic/Writer

© 2023 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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