Sophia Loren is looking back at her acting career and revealing details of working with legends Charlie Chaplin and and John Wayne. The Italian film icon has starred alongside several Hollywood immortals over the past few decades and in an interview with The Wrap, she recalled some of her most memorable experiences. Among them was filming alongside Charlie Chaplin in 1967’s "The Countess from Hong Kong."
While working with Chaplin in 1967’s "The Countess from Hong Kong, Loren said, "I was so nervous ... he’s such a master. But on the first day on the set I realized he was just as nervous. If you care and love something, you get nervous. I’m suspicious of people who don’t ever get nervous."
Another moment that stood out in Loren's mind was working with John Wayne in 1957's "Legends of the Lost." It was one of her first English-speaking roles and Loren admitted she was the subject of many jokes on the set of the film. Wayne had her back.
"My English was not great, the crew would sometimes make fun of me, but John Wayne always would stick up for me," she said.
During the interview, Loren also reflected on acting with Gregory Peck in 1966’s "Arabesque."
"Gregory Peck was so wonderful and people don’t know how very funny he was," she said. "It was hard to keep a straight face when working together."
Loren's passion for acting is burning stronger than ever and at 86-years-old she is showing no signs of slowing down. She recently appeared in "The Life Ahead," which was directed by her son Edoardo Ponti. Shortly after its release, Loren sat down with Deadline to chat about her career.
"I get nervous if I don’t get nervous," she says of being behind the camera. "I love what I do. I love the stories. I was born on a set, I was always on a set so if I am not on a set I don’t what to do."
Loren echoed her sentiments to The Wrap.
"Since I was born, I’ve wanted to be an actress," she said. "I wanted to work, I wanted to be on the screen, I wanted to do wonderful things in my mind. Just listening to me, it was ridiculous at the time, but it was something I had inside. I think I’m stuck with acting forever."
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