Valentina Cervi followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, noted Italian actor Gino Cervi, with a bit part in the film Mignon e partita (1988). When her career didn't take off, she turned to other pursuits before returning to movie work as an assistant to Robert Downey, Jr. during the filming of Only You (1994). The mind boggles at what she may have been told to do (or get) for the notoriously addicted actor. Thankfully, she stepped back in front of the camera just in time to appear in the Nicole Kidman flick Portrait of a Lady (1996). It garnered enough attention for young Valentina to land her the title role in Artemisia (1997), which happened to feature her first ever skin scenes, including some pretty sensual sex and full-frontal shots. Valentina returned to her skinful ways with a turn in the French comedy Rien sur Robert (1999), again featuring her in all her full-frontal glory. She has since gone on to appear in such films as Hotel (2001), the mini-series James Dean (2001), and as the lusty bloodsucker Salome on HBO's True Blood. See Valentina, all you have to do is show your Cervi-x and suddenly you're a hit.