MARIA BELLO (Evelyn O’Connell) has established herself as a leading actress with a formidable and dazzling presence. A cool, incredibly literate blonde, Bello has captivated audiences with her many diverse roles in such films as The Cooler with William H. Macy (Golden Globe and SAG nominations), David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, opposite Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris (New York Film Critics Circle Award win and Golden Globe Award nomination), Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, Jason Reitman’s Thank You for Smoking and recently, The Jane Austen Book Club. She will next be seen in Alan Ball’s controversial new film, Towelhead.
Bello’s other film credits include Auto Focus, with Greg Kinnear; Permanent Midnight, with Ben Stiller; Payback, with Mel Gibson; Flicka, opposite Tim McGraw; Bruce Paltrow’s Duets; the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Coyote Ugly; Secret Window, with Johnny Depp; Silver City, with Chris Cooper; and Assault on Precinct 13, with Ethan Hawke.
Bello made her television debut as a series regular opposite Scott Bakula in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In addition, she starred for one season in the role of passionate and headstrong pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico in NBC’s critically acclaimed series ER.
Bello dedicates her time and to energy working for a variety of charities, including Street Poets Inc., Save Darfur, Office of the Americas and the American Friends Service Committee.