When diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Paul Sorvino worked with his doctor to create an overall treatment plan that included diet, exercise, and diabetes medications. He also realized the importance of support, and was thankful for his family and friends to help him manage his diabetes.
Paul’s inspiring story includes personal insight into balancing a career while educating himself about the disease, and his efforts to control his blood sugar levels. Mira also shares a candid memory of her father having an episode of extremely high blood sugar. And together, they talk about the impact of diabetes on both their lives.
Diabetes Co-Stars was created to raise awareness about the importance of finding the necessary support team for people living with diabetes, to help overcome obstacles and achieve better blood sugar control. Controlling blood sugar is a 24-hour-a-day job, and a strong support system is important.
When Paul Sorvino was diagnosed, he looked to friends and family for support as he made lifestyle changes. Today, Paul controls his blood sugar levels and has a wonderful support team that includes his daughter and Diabetes Co-Star, Mira. Watch Paul and Mira discuss their experience with his diabetes, and get inspired by their story.
Mira Sorvino is an award-winning actress known for her roles in several acclaimed films. She won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Critics' Choice Award, the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle citations, among other honors, for her performance in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite." She was also a Golden Globe Award nominee for her performance in Christian Duguay's miniseries "Human Trafficking,” and had previously been nominated for "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" and for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the HBO film "Norma Jean and Marilyn," which also earned her an Emmy Award nomination.
She can currently be seen in Brook's Branch’s "Multiple Sarcasms" opposite Timothy Hutton and Stockard Channing. Sorvino plays the ebullient owner of a punk rock record label and best friend to Gabriel (played by Hutton), who starts writing a play about the story of his life. She will soon appear in the Gabriel Delal drama “Drift” opposite Lynn Collins, Thomas Dekker, and Jeremy Piven. She has just wrapped principal photography on Ezna Sands’ film, “Theo.”
Additionally, she produced Griffin Dunne's acclaimed independent feature comedy "Lisa Picard is Famous", which was an official world premiere selection of the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival; and associate-produced the documentary "Freedom to Hate,” on anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union.
Other film credits include Terry George's "Reservation Road," opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Connelly; Robert Redford's "Quiz Show;” Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam;” David Mirkin's "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion;” Clare Peploe's "The Triumph of Love;” Whit Stillman's "Barcelona;” ”Antoine Fuqua’s “Replacement Killers,” Guillermo Del Toro’s “Mimic,” Gary Winick's "Sweet Nothing;” Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls" and Rob Weiss' "Amongst Friends," which she also associate-produced.
Sorvino's television credits include the NBC miniseries "The Last Templar" as well as a guest-starring role on FOX’s “House,” and a memorable appearance on “Will and Grace.”
Onstage, Sorvino has appeared in Joyce Carol Oates' “Greensleeves;” in “Best of Schools,” at UBU Rep, and off-Broadway in the Classic Stage Company's adaptation of Pirandello’s “Naked,” Most recently she has appeared in “Stella in the Bois De Boulogne,” about legendary acting guru Stella Adler’s formative meetings with the great Konstantin Stanislavsky in Paris.
She was the official ambassador for the worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International's "Stop Violence Against Women" campaign from 2004 to 2008. Her work with Amnesty was recognized at the Artivist Film Festival, which acknowledges socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities, and charitable organizations. In March of 2006, she was honored with Amnesty International's Artist of Conscience Award, which is given to those who have displayed strong philanthropic and humanist efforts. Through her work with Amnesty, she lobbied Capitol Hill on such topics as human trafficking and officially testified before Congress on the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
Additionally, she has been a supporter of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime anti-trafficking initiatives since 2007, and in 2009 was appointed to her current position as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on the subject of Human Trafficking. She has recently traveled to Mexico and Spain to launch the U.N.’s Blue Heart Campaign to fight Human Trafficking.
Born in Manhattan, Ms. Sorvino is the daughter of veteran actor Paul Sorvino. She attended Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian studies and received the Hoopes Prize for her thesis. She has also won the National Italian American Foundation's Achievement Award.
She is happily married to actor/writer/director Christopher Backus, and they have three lovely children, Mattea, 5, Johnny, 4, and Holden, 1.
Born on April 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, Paul Sorvino is an American character actor who has had an extensive career in film, television and stage productions over the last four decades.
He originally dreamed of becoming an opera singer and took eighteen years of voice lessons. While studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy he was exposed to dramatic arts and decided to further his acting studies with Sanford Meisner before eventually making his film debut in Going Ape (1970).
Paul Sorvino has performed in nearly 50 movies in just the past decade, including a dynamic portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Nixon (1995), as "Fulgencio Capulet" in the updated Romeo + Juliet (1996) and in the Las Vegas thriller, The Cooler (2003). He received critical praise for his role in the Broadway play "That Championship Season," and played the role again in the 1981 film alongside Robert Mitchum and Martin Sheen. Other noteworthy performances during the 1980s and 1990s included a police chief in Cruising (1980), Mike Hammer's cop buddy in I, the Jury (1982), "Lips Manlis" in The Gambler (1974) with James Caan and in a standout performance as mob patriarch in Goodfellas (1990).
In 2007, Paul launched "Paul Sorvino Foods," to market a range of pasta sauces. Based on his mother's recipe, product began appearing in supermarkets in the northeastern United States in late 2009.
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