On Monday, Romanian-born model Madalina Ghenea was invited to a TV show to talk about her modeling career, acting, projects and the photos of her and Leonardo DiCaprio that appeared in the media.
The 24-year-old came back to her home country especially for this show, as this was her first time in a television studio.
As expected, during the show, Madalina was discreet about her personal life, and prefered to talk more about her projects.
Antena 3 host, Mihai Gadea, presented some pictures of the model, accompanied by a short description each.
Tense moments were present too, with Madalina sketching a smile and appearing a little lost when the TV host showed pictures of DiCaprio.
As for the pictures of her and the famous actor, the model made a discrete description, saying that the photos were taken in Sydney.
Host: Can you tell us something about these photos?
Madalina Ghenea: I see nothing wrong in … What can I say?
Host: I never said it was something wrong, I think that’s good …
Madalina Ghenea: A very nice afternoon in Sydney, very nice …. if I were to make a description …
The moderator continued: That’s all?
“With a person that I care very much about,” replied Madalina.
Host: It’s the person in the picture, right? Right?
Madalina Ghenea: Yes.
Host: He looks very much like DiCaprio…
Madalina Ghenea: Yes, that’s strange …
Host: Strange, indeed …
Host: Was he talking on the phone?
Madalina Ghenea: Yes, he talks on the phone a lot …
Host: Was he trying to save someone on the Titanic? Was he talking to someone on the Titanic who needed help, or …
Madalina Ghenea: No, he was trying …
Host: Is this the same moment?
Madalina Ghenea: Yes, yes ..
Host: It’s in Sydney, right?
Madalina Ghenea: Still in Sydney, yes …
After a brief photo presentation, the host wanted to find out more details and asked her if she had anything to add about the images. The model said that it was hard for her when the pictures emerged because she wanted to become famous for her projects and not by her association to DiCaprio.
Host: What else can you say about these photos?
Madalina Ghenea: I think any other comment is useless … What I can say is that for me it was a tragedy when these pictures came out.
Host: It was a tragedy? But why?
Madalina Ghenea: It was a tragedy because …
Host: When you were little you used to have a poster with DiCaprio in your room. Did you think back then that if someone took those photos of you and DiCaprio and talked about them it could be a drama? Why did it become a drama?
Madalina Ghenea: Of course I am happy that I know him, it was shocking to meet him. I met him in May at the Cannes festival last year, but these are memories that I’d like to keep to myself, they’re like my personal photo album, I care very much about my private life.
Madalina Ghenea: I want to be famous for the projects that I’m in and not for relationships.
Regarding these pictures, Madalina wanted to mention that when they came out it was not a pleasant surprise, as a week later the premiere of her film took place and journalists kept posting pictures of her in lingerie instead of focusing on her acting projects.
Madalina Ghenea: The thing is … I was catwalk model, I was a lingerie model and at one point I was fortunate enough to become a public figure, I was fortunate enough to become a brand ambassador, and play in a starring role a film with good earnings at the box office.
When they came out, the premiere was a week away. Normally, all journalists took these pictures and posted photos of me in underwear as a model and I was presented to the public and to the Romanians as a lingerie model when the truth is that I studied, I invested all my money in education, in order to get the chance to make a film and star in a major project in the end.
Ghenea was also disappointed that she became known to the public as DiCaprio’s girlfriend, a lingerie model and feared that her association with a star could harm her career.
Madalina Ghenea: My disappointment came from the fact that the public knew me as his girlfriend, a lingerie model. This is not what I want, I want more than that, it’s been 10 years of work, 10 years since I had the opportunity to make these pictures, and I never wanted to start relationships with important people because I think a character that is built on a star name will never succeed. Maybe just a year, perhaps in the tabloids but no director or producer who has invested a huge amount in a project will chose you for the lead role, or because you’re DiCaprio’s girlfriend, there’s no such thing.
Madalina Ghenea: On the contrary, it may damage that level when your audience because I accepted this invitation and this is the first time I’m in a TV studio, because I know your program and your audience at home and I’m interested in that particular level, not the tabloids.
Madalina Ghenea: “There has been speculation that it was something organized…”
Host: In the sense that it was a matter of PR, as they say ..
Madalina Ghenea: Yes, there’s no such thing, you can’t take a sheet of paper and write: organize shooting with DiCaprio etc, for after all he’s not a model that I hired to take a picture with me, there is no such thing.
Madalina starred in “Roman e il suo cucciolo”, directed by Alessandro Gassman, and said that it was a remarkable experience.
“It’s a role that I love, it’s about a character who goes through a drama. A girl who graduates from college and ends up being forced into prostitution in Italy. It’s a sad story that we keep hearing very often. I’m quite impressed by this role, “she said.
Vogue Italia wrote about Romanian top model Madalina Ghenea, saying that she has “Sophia Loren’s Mediterranean charm” and ” Angelina Jolie’s magnetic gaze.”
What do you think? Does she look like Sophia Loren? Look HERE.