Ottavio and Rosita Missoni may have created the luxury brand of whimsical knitwear and dreamlike collections, but their granddaughter Jennifer has found her calling in reality. At age of 27, the Italian-born actress is the picture of happiness, living in New York with the love of her life while also maintaining a successful career. Her secret? “I have spent most of my life thinking about the future and imagining what it was going to be like,” she says. “I had to realize that the future is not that important because it doesn’t exist until it’s happening: now I simply focus on enjoying the present, treasuring every single moment spent with myself, my family and my friends.”
Jennifer Missoni has appeared in several TV shows like the Fringe, Law & Order, Gossip Girl and Royal Pains, and has starred in the movie Playback next to Christian Slater. A hard-worker, when she is not on set she can be found by the Hudson River near her Tribeca home, reading a book or staring at the sunset.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
I don’t think I will ever write an autobiography. However, I would love to be remembered for beautiful roles in films with an aesthetic and ethical value to them, for my social work and, who knows, for a possible future role as a mother and wife, too.
What can’t you live without and why?
My family, who lives between New York and Italy, my boyfriend Tommy who is the love of my life, and Amanda, my “ultimate” friend. These people are a big part of who I am and I love them with all my heart. But if I have to be a little superficial, I also cannot live without physical exercise—I like to feel strong!
What is your favorite travel destination?
I love discovering new places and I am definitely not a “beach” person. My ideal trip would be backpacking in exotic places, researching the history and culture. An unforgettable trip for me was traveling aboard the Trans-Siberian train from Moscow to Beijing, while horseback riding through Mongolia in the desert.
If you could choose one person to show you “their” New York City, who would it be?
Many people would probably pick Woody Allen’s New York or the days of the Warhol Factory, but I would actually like to see New York through the eyes of a child who has never been here or someone who embraced the freedom of life as a vagabond. Sometimes I even wonder what New York looks like to the rats in the city. They say there are over 100 million of them, but I wonder what the real numbers are.
What or who inspired you recently and why?
I get inspired every day by different people and different works of art or books. I always say that one of the people who inspired me the most is my sister Madeleine, who is 16 and has Down Syndrome. I admire her spontaneity and the fact that she’s always living in the moment; I find it really incredible. My fiancée Tommaso, who is a director, is another source of inspiration. He often passes books to me and tickles my intellectual curiosity through conversation and his high rationality.
I don’t go to clubs…
I love the American Museum of Natural History.
Must do NYC Recommendation
Go see a Broadway show!
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