Italia Ricci

Plays April Carver

Actor bio

Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario and raised in Newmarket, Italia Ricci always had a burning desire to be in the entertainment business. Beginning her career at nine years old, Italia starred in numerous local theatre productions and continued to do so throughout high school. While majoring in drama in college, Ricci participated again in school productions and did a little modeling during summers. As much as she enjoyed performing, Ricci always planned on her entertainment career consisting of entertainment law. However, one day in college, Ricci's friend asked her to be an extra with him on the movie American Pie Presents: Naked Mile. During a lunch break one of the writers approached her and asked her if she would like to be upgraded from extra to a featured player, and before she knew it, she was kneeing one of the principle actors in the groin. It was during the filming of Naked Mile that Ricci made several key connections which led her to be cast in the next American Pie movie, entitled American Pie Presents: Beta House.

After graduating from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Ricci deferred her acceptance to law school from the University of Toronto and decided to relocate to tinsel town to give acting a serious shot, giving herself a two-year limit to see if she could make a living doing what she loves. She immediately landed a recurring role as Chase Ravenwood on Disney XD's original series Aaron Stone. Ricci went on to book guest-starring roles on such television shows as CSI: Las Vegas, House, Greek, and How I Met Your Mother. She followed these with the recurring role of Sasha on the Comedy Central series Secret Girlfriend and the lead role of Maggie on the hit Cartoon Network live-action series Unnatural History.

Ricci has also found success on the big screen. She can be seen as Samantha, the object of affection for world-traveling know-it-all Dean Slater (played by Mitchell Jarvis), in the new independent college comedy Resident Advisor, written by the Sander Brothers. She can also be seen as an early love interest for title character Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the fall comedy feature Don Jon, and she stars as Allison in the 2014 Sony thriller The Remaining, a film that follows a group of friends trying to survive the end of the world according to the Bible, written and directed by Casey La Scala.

When Ricci isn't acting, she enjoys cooking, reading, painting, playing video games, and spending time with her dogs, Daisy and Boo. She is also involved with the non-profit One Heartland that works to improve the lives of children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Character bio

A smart, charismatic and quick-witted aspiring journalist in her twenties, April seems poised to have it all. She's landed a job at a major Boston newspaper and a date with her super-sexy co-worker, Dominic, all while managing to be a supportive daughter, grand-daughter and sister to her family, who've recently lost their patriarch to a tragic accident. In an unexpected twist of fate, April lands in the hospital where her estranged uncle, George, works as an oncologist, and she learns the devastating news that she has cancer. In the face of this daunting revelation, April refuses to give up her dreams and goals. As she fights to keep her life from unraveling, she'll discover new reserves of strength and passion within and find that facing death head-on may really be the only way to truly live.