Expo is drawing to a close: can we make a quick summing-up?It’s been a fantastic experience. It’s a way of changing your point of view of the world, beyond the aesthetic beauty of the pavilions, inside which each country has tried to show off its best features. I’ve seen lots of people intent on finding out how food can save mankind, from the first warehouse through to the Cirque du Soleil troop.The job of ambassador has a mission. What does this mean to Maria Grazie?In my life I have been an ambassador of many things. It means taking responsibility and taking the name of Italy around the world, with the sole aim of highlighting every aspect of it.Sustainability, environment and food production. Where do you start?With respect for nature: everything now is excessively adulterated. We have more food but quantity does not guarantee quality. We should choose the food that is as close as possible to what nature offers us. Some forms of cancer are unfortunately the result of what we eat.What legacy will Expo leave?It depends on what you want from or look for at Expo. If you go in to take a stroll around the world, you’ll be very well entertained: it’s an amusement park for adults. If you want to learn things and make cultural exchanges, you’re in the right place.What kind of diet do you follow when you’re travelling, making a film?I restrict myself to eating healthily. Pasta with a sprinkling of oil is fine, some salad, chicken or fish, where I know I can eat it.A dish you couldn’t do without?My mother’s little chops.In your life you have made room for the Action Academy, film school, fiction and TV. What goals did you set?A place you get to and learn not to be scared of showing your dream, you learn to compare yourself with those who have more experience than you and to draw on that which you didn’t think you had. There are no teachers and pupils.The theme of integration has never been more topical. Vieni via con me is a reality show that you have finished filming on integration between China and Italy. How did it go?In Italy there is no integration. Prejudice prevails despite the efforts being made to change things. People from outside are foreigners, full stop. We still see some discrimination between North and South Italy. We talk about national refugees and that is what I was when I left Sicily. The reality show will go out in October and it was a wonderful experience that saw two countries involved in bridging differences, enriching themselves with the qualities of the other..
MARIA GRAZIA CUCINOTTA