A Minute With A Model

Roberto Rossellini: The Face To Know

With an instantly recognizable last name, Roberto Rossellini—yes, son of iconic Italian actress and model Isabella Rosselini and grandson of “Casablanca” star Ingrid Bergman and renowned director Roberto Rosselini—was always destined for a life less ordinary. And having grown up on film sets with his mother, it’s no surprise that he’s now living a career both in front and behind the camera, as a model and photographer. We took five with the rising star, who shared some of his photography work with us and talked about his work, life and his “dank pesto pasta.”

HOW DID YOU BEGIN MODELING?

I began modeling when I was seen by a photographer when I was just walking around with my girlfriend.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CAREER TO BE IN 10 YEARS?

Hopefully designing my clothing brand and continuing to photograph. I would like to do more National Geographic-type work.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY?

To the point, casual, but colorful.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PHOTOGRAPH?

I would say people and animals. I love capturing a person’s “moment” of happiness.

WHAT LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

Italian, French, Spanish, English, and I can understand some Portuguese.

WHO ARE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IDOLS?

Christina Mittermeier, Bruce Weber, Paul Nicklen.

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERTO ROSSELLINI

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ITALIAN PHRASE?

Bocca lupo (good luck).

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HOLIDAY?

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO/FAVORITE BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK?

Gyu-Kaku, Novitá and Grill 21.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ASPIRATIONS TO ACT?

Maybe in the future, if I get a cool role. I have told my girlfriend I’ll act in her first movie, though. She’s a director.

WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU LEARNED FROM GROWING UP WITH A MOM WHO IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT?

Always be yourself.

YOUR SISTER IS A MODEL-TURNED-CHEF ....CAN YOU COOK, AND WHAT’S YOUR BEST DISH?

I can cook. I like making burgers and pasta. I make a dank pesto pasta.