Marisa Tomei continues to bridge the gap between rich, dramatic performances and smart, comedic turns. Whether working with large studios or independent houses, Marisa consistently brings her independent spirit to every project with which she is involved. Marisa won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny. Marisa subsequently earned Academy Awards nominations for her performances in In the Bedroom and The Wrestler. Currently she is fighting evil in the block-buster action-packed Marvel remake Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In 2015, Marisa appeared as a recurring character in season 2 of FOX’s critically acclaimed drama series “Empire.” She played Mimi Whiteman, a venture capitalist and Forbes list billionaire who becomes involved in the Lyon family drama. Additionally, Marisa was seen in the CBS Films produced comedy Love The Coopers, alongside Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried. The film was released in theaters Fall 2015.
In the same year Marisa appeared in Judd Apatow’s film, Trainwreck, alongside Amy Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader and Daniel Radcliffe. The film was released in Summer 2015. Marisa was also seen in Marc Lawrence’s romantic comedy, The Rewrite, opposite Hugh Grant. The film was released in limited theaters in New York in 2015. Additionally, Marisa starred in the independent drama, Loitering with Intent, opposite Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Sam Rockwell and Brian Geraghty, among others. The film was directed by Adam Rapp and centers on struggling actors who attempt to write a screenplay amid assorted distractions. Loitering with Intent premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in limited theaters in 2015.
In 2014, Marisa appeared in Ira Sach’s independent film, Love is Strange, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and screened as part of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival lineup. Co-starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, the film chronicles the lives of an older gay couple forced to live apart shortly after taking their long over-due marriage vows. Love is Strange was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including “Best Feature” and “Best Screenplay.” The film was also nominated for a Gotham Award for “Best Film,” a Satellite Award for “Best Motion Picture” and “Best Original Screenplay,” a Dorian Award for “LGBTQ Film of the Year” and “Unsung Film of the Year,” and Sebastiane Award for “Best Film” during the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Love is Strange won the WFCC Award for “Best Male Images in a Movie” at the 2014 Women Film Critics Circle Awards.
On the silver screen, Marisa has tackled a diverse range of roles including Kate Taffety in Warner Bros. Crazy, Stupid, Love, alongside Steve Carell and Julianne Moore; Ida Horowicz in Columbia Pictures’ Ides of March with George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ryan Gosling; Maggie McPherson, opposite Matthew McConaughey, in Lionsgate’s The Lincoln Lawyer; and Alice Simmons in 20th Century Fox’s Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Other notable film credits include Cyrus, Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, What Women Want, Happy Accidents, Anger Management, Slums of Beverly Hills, Welcome to Sarajevo, Unhook the Stars, Four Rooms, The Paper and Chaplin, among many others.
A veteran of the theater, Marisa returned to the stage in 2014 as Pony Jones in the Broadway production of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses at the Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Sam Gold and also starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts, the play details the lives of two suburban couples who share more than just a surname. Marisa and the cast won the 2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Marisa previously starred in the Broadway production of Caryl Churchill’s now-classic feminist drama, Top Girls, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work. Additionally, she also appeared onstage in the title role of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, opposite Al Pacino at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. In 2011, Marisa joined Frank Whaley in the New Group’s revival of Wallace Shawn’s 1979 play, Marie and Bruce, at the Acorn Theater. Her other theater credits include Will Eno’s Oh! The Humanity and Other Good Intentions, Beirut, Design for Living, Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty and Rocket to the Moon, both directed by Joanne Woodward, Demonology, Dark Rapture, Slavs!, The Comedy of Errors, The Summer Winds, The Rose Tattoo, What the Butler Saw and Daughters. Marisa is a founding member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City.