Who is Asia Argento? What We Know About Anthony Bourdain’s Girlfriend

Asia Argento

Asia Argento | Anne-Christine Poujoulat /AFP/Getty Images

You may have first heard the name Asia Argento following the shocking death of Anthony Bourdain on June 8, 2018. She and the celebrity chef met in 2016 while he was filming an episode of Parts Unknown and they began dating a few months later.

After the news of Bourdain’s suicide broke, Argento posted several tributes to him via social media including one in which she said she was “beyond devastated” by the loss. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated,” she tweeted.

Bourdain had spoken about his relationship with Argento in the past and revealed that she is very famous in her home country of Italy. Here’s everything we know about her.

Argento is a well-known actress in Italy

Argento was born Aria Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento in 1975 and is the daughter of Italian filmmaker Dario Argento. She is an actress, author, singer, director, and model who starred in several movies after making her acting debut in the Italian TV miniseries Dreams and Needs. In 2018, she began serving as a judge on the X Factor Italy.

Bourdain previously told People that Argento has been in the business since she was a child.

“She’s been in this circus since she was nine,” he said. “She knows so much more about so many of the things that are important to me–music, books, film, the technical aspects of film, and just the weird state of [a] celebrity, being somebody that people come up to. That’s something she’s dealt with a lot longer than me. I was 44 before that started happening. Whereas, it’s been like that for her since she was a kid.”

She directed an episode of Parts Unknown

Argento and Bourdain actually collaborated on an episode of Parts Unknown, set in Hong Kong which she directed. The late chef admitted that he enjoyed having her on location with him and praised her work ethic.

“I’m happier for sure. It’s nice to be with somebody who I see as a peer,” Bourdain explained. “This woman likes to work. She is strong, independent, creative, and needs to have an obsession, needs to make things. I think we’re both relieved by the fact that we both respect each other’s work. Nobody’s ever going to say, ‘Oh, but you promised we were going to go to the beach.’ No, you get a gig, that’s it. Work first.”

Chef Anthony Bourdain and actor Asia Argento

Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

She accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault

The Italian star was also one of the women to accuse former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape.

She alleged that Weinstein assaulted her in France in 1997 telling the New Yorker that she “was not willing. I said, ‘No, no, no’ …  It’s twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you. It’s a scary fairy tale. I know he has crushed a lot of people before. That’s why this story — in my case, it’s 20 years old; some of them are older — has never come out.”

Bourdain supported her when she came forth with the allegations saying, “I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world.”

Argento is a divorcee and has two children

Like Bourdain, Argento is a divorcee and had children from a previous relationship.

In 2008, the actress married Emmy-nominated director and founder of Quintessence Films Michele Civetta. The couple had one child together and divorced in 2013. Argento also has another child from a previous relationship with musician Marco Castoldi.

She’s won several awards for her work

Argento has won several awards during acting career including three Golden Globes and two David di Donatello trophies, which is the Italian equivalent of an Oscar.