“A union like ours, cemented by two daughters, is already perfect,” says the actor. 'But one day I'll make her a surprise.' Then he confesses the continuous search for balance, also through a particular embrace: that of the PopeRaoul Bova: Rocio Munoz Morales I married her in the heart Photo Video
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Rocio Munoz Morales and the marriage with Raoul Bova: “I want it, but on one condition
Roman terrace, in the background the Dome of San Pietro. The opportunity to meet Raoul Bova is called The Christmas Show , his next film in theaters from November 17th. It's a story about Christmas magic: the extraordinary invades the everyday, opening the door to hope. The actor anticipates: «A sad family in an economic crisis becomes the protagonist of a reality show about Christmas. I am Pierre, the writer who can't find the ending of his novel and has been living locked up at home for four years». But it's just the starting point for a chat in which Bova talks about himself with transparent generosity.
We are a stone's throw from the Holy See. And you met the Pope a few days ago: what did you say to each other?
«With Rocío and the girls we were at the Wednesday general audience, in the midst of all the other faithful. Francesco always spends himself against the war, he invites us to move, not to lose consciousness in the face of the horror. I wanted to tell him that I'm ready to be a knight of him, that he has my full share. But when you have the Pope in front of you, you are speechless».
And so what?
'I asked him for a hug, sometimes even more meaningful.'
Raoul Bova and Rocío Muñoz Morales, nothing but a crisis! Here they are, accomplices and lovers by the sea with their daughters – guard
I read that to play your 'different' priest in the great ratings series Don Matteo, you attended spiritual retreats and met parish priests. What relationship do you have with faith?
“I was born into a Catholic family, baptized, communicated and confirmed. I was also a cub, I was a scout. Then the choice of roles I play is never casual. I absolutely wanted the part of St. Francis ( year 2002 , ed) and I thank the producer Pietro Valsecchi who satisfied me. It was a moment in which I saw the contradictions of the Church, the scandals. In short, I felt in crisis in the search for my own spirituality. The saint of Assisi is the rebel who questioned the system. He preached poverty, the renunciation of the superfluous in view of the essential. When Pope Francis chose that name, I interpreted it as a sign: I knew that sooner or later we would meet. Yes, in my life I have known priests who have left me traces of their vision, but I have always tried to find mine. I'm a rebel in a good way. Then there is the Don Massimo of the series, a priest who is in contact with people's problems. And here I say thanks to Luca Bernabei, who offered me another piece for my inner research».
How far has it gotten today?
“If a man manages to find that light and that balance within himself, regardless of what religion it is, it is an achievement. I haven't done it yet, but I'm working on it. Today I am much more attentive to the signals that come from life, even in the professional field. For example: thanks to the Red Cross and Red Crescent, I went to Syria to tell not only about the war, but also about all the beauty that has been destroyed ( the docu-film The Lost Beauty was presented at the last Venice Film Festival , ed.). There are people who dedicate their lives to relief and humanitarian aid, I wanted to do my part ( Bova is a volunteer and CRI ambassador , ed.). And so also after the earthquake of Amatrice. All calls in which you lose perception of danger. An uncontrolled energy comes to you which is that of help'.
Rocío, her partner and actress, is always ready to support her. She said: «At home I am the light and positive one». Confirmation?
'She plays it down a bit. I often go deeper into things, I'm introspective. And Rocío says to me: 'Come on, let it go, don't get upset'. There can be all kinds of bad things, a dispute or what the newspapers write can hurt me. But if you keep your identity, sooner or later the bad things slip away. And the truth comes out.'
Raoul Bova escapes but it's not a detective film. He owes the taxman 400 thousand euros – laws
Here: right now, you're dealing with the courts. They wrote that she evaded taxes for a considerable amount, next hearing on December 6th. How are things?
“There has been no escape and the news that has recently appeared in some newspapers is totally inaccurate. It saddens me that my reputation is tarnished by this completely unjustified and unverified media attack.'
More trouble: he is accused of private violence, threats and injuries for the alleged attack on a motorist in a parking lot. True?
“I tried to defend a woman, who just happens to be my partner, from an act of bullying. That person was almost running over Rocío and I just insisted that she apologize. I don't think I did anything wrong. In the face of arrogance and prevarication, I am not indifferent. And I'm sure you will be vindicated in court.'
Let's go back to Rocío. He also said: «Marriage? I'm a traditionalist, he has to ask me.' Here's Raoul, why doesn't he ask her?
“Maybe I'll surprise her when she least expects it. I believe in marriage but above all in love. And I think things have to come at the right time. Alone, without forcing. A union cemented by two daughters is profound, it means getting married in the heart and saying: let's embark on a journey together with the responsibility of our creatures'.
Raul Bova excited: 'Rocio has a natural talent, I'm proud of her' – video
Sometimes they give you a crisis.
“I find out by reading the newspapers. Then, maybe, it's also good for us. Like when you dream of someone's death: it is said to lengthen life».
He called Rocío 'my fellow warrior'.
«Since we met, my goodness how much we've been through!».
Raoul Bova and Rocio Munoz Morales, the holidays with Alberto Matano and her husband Riccardo Mannino erase the crisis - guard
They said: it won't last. And she, Raoul, was going through a difficult separation.
“Rocío had strength, courage. She has shown me love and sharing. She is an instinctive woman, not at all predictable. She may not pat you on the back when she sees you struggling, but she prefers to stay quiet and leave you to your thoughts. Many times you understood that I needed reflection ».
In 2020 you wrote a book, The rules of water, which marked your rebirth after a dark period. The disappearance of her parents, the leg injury, the many kilos put on her. Do you feel at peace now?
«No, I will be at peace only when I close my eyes. I can't be because time passes and balance must be sought continuously, age changes and so does the world. We have lived through a pandemic, we are suffering a war and the nature that man has mistreated presents us with the bill. As long as there are things outside of you that are not right, you cannot say that you are in balance with yourself».
Raoul Bova with Rocio Munoz Morales (and the figlie) alle Maldive – guard
Why was he fat?
«Those extra kilos were also due to a condition of great pain, in those situations you hold back everything. Then I took the opportunity to do a very wrinkled character, in Justice for all . Then came the proposal of Good morning mom! and there, with my character, I learned things about being a parent. Sometimes holding on, enduring the outbursts of your children with silence, and trying to understand them, is productive».
She has four children, two boys and two girls. What kind of father is he?
«They are of completely different ages and worlds. With them I experience different problems. But let's not call them problems, I don't experience them as such. Overcoming them together with them is a reason for growth for me. Children need help and closeness and I try to offer this'.
He always said he loves large families. Do you want a fifth child?
“I put no limits on providence. But it's one of those things that shouldn't be planned.'
Raoul, you move on TV between Rai and Mediaset. And everything it touches, in terms of audience, becomes gold. Successfully replacing Terence Hill in Don Matteo was not at all obvious, for example. Has there been an explanation for this superpower of yours?
«I also had moments of decline, to tell the truth. But I think that coherence with the choice of projects and who you are in life can create the affection of the public. I really believe in honesty and humility.'
But do they still choose it because it is beautiful, until yesterday the undisputed sex symbol?
«Beauty lies in the light that a person gives off. At 50, you no longer belong to that category, there are many young and handsome ones. But when I was little and I looked at a man, and I said 'what a handsome man', the reason was that he aroused in me a feeling of security, of reliability. And if someone trusts me, I never betray them, even if it means suffering».