I spoke with the star of the film Donna: Stronger Than Pretty, Kate Amundsen. It was a powerful and moving conversation about the story behind the film, how she prepared for the role and so much more.
Based on a true story, Donna is a romantic tragedy — an unlove story — that spans three decades in the life of a gentle young woman, Donna, as she tries to live up to the traditions and expectations of her Italian roots and the “American Dream.” That dream becomes a living nightmare and nearly breaks her until she finds the silent force of her inner voice. We follow Donna on her journey to break free from a husband who refuses to be responsible for her, his children, or his own actions. As Donna works to maintain stability and security for her kids in spite of their father, she is able to redefine her own “American dream” and graduate from college, something that had been pushed aside in place of starting a family, like the “good girls” of her era were expected to do.
The film stars actress Kate Amundsen (Shameless, Westworld, The Mindy Project) and costars indie film actor, Anthony Ficco (Drifter, Prodigal) and Catherine Daddario.
The screenplay was co-written by Jaret Martino and award-winning writer Pat Branch.
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Donna: Stronger than Pretty is available anywhere you can rent/purchase movies.