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Isabella Rossellini, former supermodel, stages play about sex lives of animals

Internationally renowned supermodel and actress Isabella Rossellini is bringing her one-woman show to Vancouver's PuSh festival, educating audiences about the sex lives of animals.

Show relies on comedy to explain how barnacles, hamsters and other animals reproduce

Isabella Rossellini wrote and stars in a one-woman show, Green Porno, about the sex lives of animals. (Mario del Curto)

Internationally renowned supermodel and actress Isabella Rossellini is bringing her one-woman show Green Porno to Vancouver's PuSh festival, educating audiences about the sex lives of animals.

"For basically just being a pet lover, I became more interested in biology and zoology and conservation, and so lately I went back to university to study ethology, which is animal behaviour in particular," Rossellini told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff.

The focus of her one-woman show is reproduction, Rossellini said.

"It's very comical the way they reproduce. Most of the time people don't think about it, and they think it must be like us — mom and dad and baby. But not at all — sometimes the babies kill each other, sometimes they kill and eat the parents, sometimes the parents eat the babies," she said.

The show has led to a new career for Rossellini who is now in her 60s.

​"It was a wonderful way to semi-retire from being an actress and a model. I'm very grateful to my curiosity and the wish to go back to university, otherwise I would just home waiting for somebody to call me and offer me a job," she said.

"I opened up an entire new career for me, which was a surprise for me. I didn't expect it."

Rossellini is in Vancouver on April 25 to perform Green Porno, co-presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and the Italian Cultural Centre at the Playhouse.

To hear the full interview with Isabella Rossellini, listen to the audio labelled: Isabella Rossellini stars in one woman show about animal sex.


  • The Green Porno show is co-presented by the PuSH Festival and the Italian Cultural Centre. An earlier version of this article said the show was presented solely by PuSH.
    Apr 07, 2015 8:51 PM PT


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