Marisa Tomei continues to bridge the gap between rich, dramatic performances and smart, comedic turns. Whether working with large studios or independent houses, Marisa consistently brings her independent spirit to every project with which she is involved. Marisa won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as ‘Mona Lisa Vito’ in My Cousin Vinny. Tomei subsequently earned Academy Awards nominations for her performances in In the Bedroom and The Wrestler.
This Fall, Marisa will appear as a recurring character in season 2 of FOX’s critically acclaimed drama series Empire. She will play ‘Mimi Whiteman,’ a venture capitalist and Forbes list billionaire who becomes involved in the Lyon family drama. Additionally, Marisa will be seen in the CBS Films produced comedy Love The Coopers. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 13, 2015.
This past year, Marisa appeared in Judd Apatow’s film, Trainwreck, alongside Amy Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader and Daniel Radcliffe. Marisa was also seen in Marc Lawrence’s romantic comedy, The Rewrite, opposite Hugh Grant. Additionally, Marisa starred in the independent drama, Loitering with Intent, opposite Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Sam Rockwell and Brian Geraghty. Loitering with Intent premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in limited theaters on January 16, 2015.
Last year, Marisa appeared in Ira Sach’s independent film, Love is Strange, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and screened as part of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival lineup. Love is Strange was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including “Best Feature” and “Best Screenplay.” The film was also nominated for a Gotham Award for “Best Film,” a Satellite Award for “Best Motion Picture” and “Best Original Screenplay,” a Dorian Award for “LGBTQ Film of the Year” and “Unsung Film of the Year,” and Sebastiane Award for “Best Film” during the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
On the silver screen, Marisa has tackled a diverse range of roles including ‘Kate Taffety’ in Warner Bros.’ Crazy, Stupid, Love, alongside Steve Carell and Julianne Moore, Ida Horowicz in Columbia Pictures’ Ides of March, in Lionsgate’s The Lincoln Lawyer and ‘Alice Simmons’ in 20th Century Fox’s Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Other notable film credits include Cyrus, Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, What Women Want, Happy Accidents, Anger Management, Slums of Beverly Hills, Welcome to Sarajevo, Unhook the Stars, Four Rooms, The Paper and Chaplin, among many others.
A veteran of the theater, Marisa returned to the stage in 2014 as ‘Pony Jones’ in the Broadway production of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses at the Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Sam Gold and also starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts, the play details the lives of two suburban couples who share more than just a surname. Marisa and the cast won the 2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Tomei previously starred in the Broadway production of Caryl Churchill’s now-classic feminist drama, Top Girls, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work. Additionally, she also appeared onstage in the title role of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, opposite Al Pacino at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. In 2011, Marisa joined Frank Whaley in the New Group’s revival of Wallace Shawn’s 1979 play, Marie and Bruce, at the Acorn Theater. Among her other theater credits include Will Eno’s Oh! The Humanity and Other Good Intentions, Beirut, Design for Living, Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty and Rocket to the Moon, both directed by Joanne Woodward, Demonology, Dark Rapture, Slavs!, The Comedy of Errors, The Summer Winds, The Rose Tattoo, What the Butler Saw and Daughters. Tomei is a founding member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City.
"The event went really well and we loved Marisa! We were really happy to have her apart of the grand opening. "- Sie Film Center, Denver