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Overview (3)

Born in Hampstead, London, England, UK
Birth NameMax Giorgio Choa Minghella
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Max Giorgio Choa Minghella is an English-born actor and filmmaker. He was born in Hampstead, London, England, the son of choreographer Carolyn Choa and the late Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella. He is the brother of Hannah Minghella, who has also worked in film.

Minghella is a former member of the National Youth Theatre. He attended Columbia University (2005-2009).

Minghella's acting credits include The Internship, The Ides of March & The Social Network (Minghella was nominated for a SAG award for his ensemble work). Minghella also starred alongside Blake Lively in cult favorite 'Elvis & Anabelle'.

He will next appear opposite Ellen Page & Evan Rachel Wood in 'Into The Forest'.

In 2013, Minghella executive produced 'The Two Faces of January' for Working Title.

In 2014, Minghella directed the music video for Christopher Owens' 'Nothing More Than Everything To Me'

Miramax's upcoming 'The 9th Life of Louis Drax' marks Minghella's screen writing debut.

Minghella dated actress Kate Mara from 2010-2014.

His father was British (though of Italian descent) and his mother was born in Hong Kong (of over half Chinese, and smaller amounts of Indian Jewish, Parsi Indian, English, Irish, and Swedish, ancestry).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: jjoseph

Trivia (9)

Son of Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella and choreographer Carolyn Choa.
Currently attending Columbia University
Former member of the National Youth Theatre.
Brother of Hannah Minghella.
Max's ancestry is approximately one half Italian, 9/32 Chinese (equivalent to 1.125/4 Chinese), 1/16 Indian Jewish, 1/16 Parsee Indian, 1/32 English, 1/32 Irish, and 1/32 Swedish.

Max's paternal grandfather, Edward Minghella, was an Italian immigrant, and Max's paternal grandmother, Gloria Alberta Arcari, was born in Leeds North, England, to Italian parents.

Max's maternal grandfather, George Wing Sien Choa, was born in Hong Kong, of three quarters Chinese, and one quarter Indian Jewish, ancestry. George was a prominent otorhinolaryngologist (in simple English, an ear, nose and throat doctor - an ENT). George's maternal grandfather, Max's great-great-grandfather Emanuel Raphael Belilios, who was born in Calcutta, was a prominent businessman.

Max's maternal grandmother, Maisie Nora Kotewall, was also born in Hong Kong. Maisie's father, Robert Hormus Kotewall, was a well-known Hong Kong businessman and legislator; Robert was of approximately half Parsee Indian and half Chinese ancestry. Maisie's mother, Edith Lowcock, was of approximately one quarter English, one quarter Irish, one quarter Swedish, and one quarter Chinese (through Max's matrilineal line), ancestry.
Was in a relationship with Kate Mara from 2010 to 2014.
Childhood crush was Kirstie Alley in Look Who's Talking (1989).
Born on the same date as Madeline Zima.

Personal Quotes (38)

The weird thing about acting is you're the most competent when you're at your best, but you have to be validated.
26 is my favourite number.
I'm on Twitter. I love Twitter because I'm kind of voyeuristic. I don't tweet, but I look at other people's.
I've always found that acting has been quite a hard thing to pre-manage because so much of it is spontaneous and the circumstances so uncontrolled.
It's surreal working with people you admire. I don't think it ever goes away, no matter how human people are; there's always that moment of 'Oh wow, that's still George Clooney!' But I find that the most talented people tend to be the nicest.
I'm so disappointed in the frat parties at Columbia. I'm like an English boy going to an American college. I'm thinking cheerleaders, I'm thinking kegs. That's not what's on the cards.
I always prefer shooting on locations, because when I'm at home, it's harder to sort of get lost in the world of whatever you're making. It does, it does force this bond and community amongst a group.
I'm an only child, and so I over-rely on my friends to lend their support.
I'm pretty reclusive. I'm a homebody.
I always thought I'd make films. I didn't think I'd be in them.
With a famous name, you have to work that much harder to get the part.
I love Michael Bay movies. I don't think I'd be selling out if I did one. I happen to like his movies. I think selling out is doing something you don't believe in, and you're doing it for a selfish purpose.
We just have to accept who we are, and I'm a film nerd, for better or worse.
If you go to my Netflix, the sections that they recommend are 'Thrillers with a Strong Female Lead,' 'Comedies With a Strong Female Lead.'
I find women more interesting to watch on a lot of levels, and I like the idea of being involved with something I would watch.
My father quite honestly played no role in my decision to become an actor.
I don't want to be forty-five and still a freshman.
I think I still want to be a music director as a grown man.
I watch a lot DVDs. I don't leave my room too much.
The media in the States can be quite self-reflective. When I lived in England, I was much more aware of the day-to-day politics that were happening. Living somewhere where the media involvement is greater and so omnipresent, you become pulled into it and, at the same time, because of that, politics changes and the way it's handled changes.
I'm obsessed with the power of music and image together. There's also something about music videos that are incredibly glamorous - there's a fetishistic aesthetic to them that you don't really see in movies in the same way.
I always prefer shooting on locations, because when I'm at home, it's harder to sort of get lost in the world of whatever you're making.
'Mean Girls' is awesome.
I behave differently in different situations, and I'm slightly unstable and insecure, which I think are natural conditions of what I do. And I have a weird ear. Whatever I hear, I emulate. When I was a kid I did impressions: Forrest Gump, Rain Man, really big caricatures.
I'm very schizophrenic and malleable as a human being.
'Teen Spirit' is a celebration of the power that music can deliver to the cinematic experience.
I was alone more than most kids.
I remember, when I started acting officially, I was unbelievably green. My first audition tapes were just horrendous.
My dad had a company, and there were various films that hadn't gone into production that I'm trying to nurture.
The power of love is a strong thing.
I really love stories about women.
I never felt particularly alienated as an English person in America. It doesn't feel culturally like a massive gap to me.
I wanted to write in film or something like that. I thought acting was an embarrassing thing to say you wanted to do, especially when you're young. It seemed really uncool.
I love 'Scarface.'
I think it'd be pretty unrealistic to think we're the only planet in the world with thinking beings. It's kind of a strange conceit. Especially given how many universes there must be.
I have no agenda at all. I just want to do stuff I like. It can cost $200 million or $200 thousand.
I love romantic comedies.
I think we all want to find the love of our life and live our fantasies. What art student hasn't used his art to get girls? What journalists or actors haven't used their craft as well? It's a very human instinct to pursue.

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