Academy Award-winning Actress & Human Rights Advocate
Mira Sorvino is an Academy Award-winning actress, documentary filmmaker, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, silence breaker and passionate voice of the #MeToo movement, and lifelong champion of victims of social injustice. Raised in a family of activists, her social conscience was ignited by her mother’s participation in the march on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It served as a catalyst for her own social activism and a lifetime of serving others.
Her first acting role was in a small independent film called Amongst Friends, which she associate produced. Some of her early features include Robert Redford’s Quiz Show, Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam, At First Sight with Val Kilmer and David Mirkin’s Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion co-starring Lisa Kudrow. For the latter, as well as for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Tim Fywell’s Norma Jean and Marilyn, Sorvino earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Her breakout role was in Woody Allen’s 1995 film, Mighty Aphrodite, which won her an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Critics Choice for Best Supporting Actress. In her Oscar speech, she credited her father, veteran actor Paul Sorvino for her love of acting.
Sorvino was at the vanguard of the #MeToo movement as one of the earliest and most prominent women to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Her highly public sharing of her experiences helped to break years of silence, spurring a total of 90 accusers to come forward. Alongside Tarana Burke, she has become one of the most passionate and articulate voices of the #MeToo movement. Sorvino is in conversations with Anita Hill, the landmark plaintiff on sexual harassment and in talks with Amy Ziering, director of the groundbreaking documentary, “The Hunting” ground on campus assault about collaborating on a documentary on the sexual harassment pandemic.