Filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, romantic comedy film “Little Italy” was written by Vinay Virmani and Steve Galluccio and directed by Donald Petrie. Get to know the cast members here:
Hayden Christensen – “Leo”
Hayden Christensen is a Canadian actor and producer. He began his career on Canadian television at the age of 13, then diversified into American television in the late 1990s. He was praised for his acting as Sam in Life as a House, earning Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Christensen gained international fame for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. His honours for these films include a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Actor and the Cannes Film Festival Revelation Award. Since his Star Wars days, Hayden has headlined several films including the critically acclaimed Shattered Glass, Awake, Jumper, Takers and American Heist. When not working, Hayden explores other hobbies like dirt bike riding, jazz, blues and the piano.
Emma Roberts – “Nikki”
Emma Roberts is an American actress and singer and one of Hollywood’s fastest rising young actresses. An undeniable talent who’s amassed an impressive career over the course of the last decade, Emma’s first movie role came in the Johnny Depp-Penelope Cruz starrer Blow. Soon after, she was cast in the lead role in Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous. Her performance led to many award nominations and the release of her very own album – Unfabulous and More. She’s since appeared in a series of successful movies – Nancy Drew, Wild Child, Valentine’s Day, Scream 4, We’re the Millers and Nerve, to name a few. She’s had continued success in TV, playing the lead role in the Fox series Scream Queens as well as playing main roles in two seasons of American Horror Story.
Alyssa Milano – “Dora”
Alyssa Milano has been acting since the tender age of 7 and is ranked #28 on VH1’s list of “100 Greatest Child Actors of All Time.” She’s best known for the TV series and movie Charmed and has featured in key roles in the Owen Wilson starrer Hall Pass and the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster, Commando. Apart from LITTLE ITALY, she is currently filming the TV series Insatiable. Alyssa is also an accomplished recording artist whose 5 albums have sold over a million copies each.
Linda Kash – “Amalia”
Linda Kash began her professional life at the Second City in Toronto, where she performed, directed and conducted workshops for four years. She has appeared in and directed a number of plays, films and television shows throughout Canada, the US, Europe, New Zealand and Russia. She also teaches improv and leads workshops across the country. In 2017, Linda had a recurring role in Fargo season 3, performed in the feature films Little Italy and The Bet, and guest starred on The Amazing Gayl Pyle. She is currently editing her short film “9 Letters”. Linda is best known as The Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel – a successful ad campaign which ran for a record 16 years.
Adam Ferrara – “Sal”
Adam Ferrara is an acclaimed stand-up comedian and actor who has twice been nominated for the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand up. Adam has starred opposite Edie Falco on the hot Showtime series Nurse Jackie and has also appeared alongside Kevin James in the hit movie Paul Blart Mall Cop and with Ryan Reynolds in Definitely Maybe. He has also hosted the iconic BBC TV show, Top Gear.
Gary Basaraba – “Vince”
Canadian actor Gary Basaraba has a career that spans several genres. From cutting edge movies like The Last Temptation of Christ and Fried Green Tomatoes, to the much loved Smurfs. He’s also appeared Emmy Award-winning TV series such as Homicide and Mad Men. Gary’s incredible range as an actor has given him the opportunity to work with a host of highly acclaimed directors like Martin Scorsese, Louis Malle, Tony Scott and Adrian Lyne. Gary has recently completed filming Suburbicon, written by the Coen brothers and directed by George Clooney.
Andrew Phung – “Luigi”
Andrew Phung is an actor, improviser, and emcee. He fell in love with improvisational comedy at a young age and joined the Loose Moose Theatre Company while in high school. He’s co-creator of numerous successful improv shows including Kill Hard, Missed Connections, and Past your Bedtime. He was voted Best Actor (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) and Best Comedian (2014, 2016) by Best of Calgary and FFWD Weekly. Andrew is currently one of the stars of the hit CBC televisions series Kim’s Convenience and was the winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his portrayal of the “Kimchee.”
Jane Seymour – “Corrine”
Actress and producer Jane Seymour is best known for her roles in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Wedding Crashers and as a “Bond girl” in Live and let die. An active philanthropist, Jane is the official celebrity spokesperson for UNICEF and International Ambassador for Childhelp USA. Jane has also been honored with an OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) for her services to drama.
Daniel Aiello – “Carlo”
Daniel (Danny) Aiello Jr. is an American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures, including The Godfather: Part II, Once Upon a Time in America, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Moonstruck and Hudson Hawk. His memorable role as Salvatore “Sal” Frangione, in the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing (1989) as earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also played a pivotal role in the miniseries, Mario Puzo’s The Last Don. An avid musician, Danny also played the title character for the video of Madonna’s song, Papa Don’t Preach, and continues to sing on tour to date with an 8-piece jazz band.
Andrea Martin – “Franca”
Andrea Martin is an American actress, singer, author and comedian who is best known for her work in the iconic television series, SCTV. Andrea has appeared in films such as Wag the Dog, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and has lent her voice to the animated films Anastasia, The Rugrats Movie, and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Martin has been equally prolific in the world of theater, and has received five nominations for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical – more than any other actress in the award’s history. She currently stars in the Hulu original series Difficult People, and in the NBC sitcom Great News.
Watch the trailer of “Little Italy” here: