By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Academy Award winning actress Marisa Tomei has always played it close to the vest when it comes to speaking publicly about herself and her work. In the age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the 49-year-old actress has managed to keep a fairly low profile.
That Tomei flies under the radar while so many celebrities elect to provide perhaps too much information (a la Gwyneth Paltrow and her advocacy of steam douching) is arguably admirable. Certainly, tabloids occasionally splash surreptitiously snapped photos of her with a male acquaintance walking down the street and suggest she is dating or getting married, but they are few and far between. After winning the Academy Award for her supporting performance in “My Cousin Vinny,” she subsequently has been nominated twice more for her roles in “In the Bedroom” and “The Wrestler.”
The advantage for the legions of Tomei’s fans is that she retains a modicum of mystery, which allows her to pour herself into characters that seem real and believable.
Following a successful Broadway run last year in the critically acclaimed “The Realistic Joneses,” the Brooklyn born beauty has a string of small, independent films rolling out in theaters and online in quick succession. The Ira Sachs drama “Love is Strange,” the comedy “ Loitering with Intent,” the inspiring drama “Spare Parts” and heartwarming rom-com “Rewrite.”