Michele Morrone of the Netflix Hit "365 Days" Is an Adoring Dad

Elena Nicolaou
Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

From Oprah Magazine

  • Michele Morrone is the romantic lead of the Polish movie 365 Days (365 Dni) an instant hit on Netflix.

  • The 29-year-old Italian actor plays Don Massimo Torricelli, a mafioso who kidnaps Laura (Anna Maria Sieklucka) and gives her a year to fall in love with him.

  • Morrone also sings on the movie's soundtrack.

Michele Morrone, the star of 365 Days (365 Dni), is the internet's new boyfriend—and the reason why people are probably downloading Duolingo to learn Italian. OK, that's just a guess. But based on Twitter's uproar about Morrone's very presence, it's an educated one.

Since dropping on Netflix in mid-June, 365 Days has swiftly catapulted to the top of the streaming service's Top 10 Chart. The steamy movie is based on the first book in a trilogy known as the 50 Shades of Grey of Poland, and follows a Sicilian mafioso (Morrone) who kidnaps a Polish woman (Anna Maria Sieklucka) and gives her a year to fall in love with him.

Naturally, the film has become infamous for its premise that mistakes Stockholm Syndrome for romance. Judging by book spoilers, the movie's sequel will only have more instances of kidnapping—not to mention an evil twin named Adriano (really).

The sequel will also have more Michele Morrone, which is code for good news. Morrone is the Noah Centineo of 2020, the Netflix heartthrob du jour. This is what you need to know about the tattooed 29-year-old actor from Melegnano, Italy.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

His songs are featured on 365 Days' soundtrack.

Morrone's album, Dark Room, came out this past Valentine's Day, and is practically a mood board for 365 Days. Unsurprisingly, Morrone's songs are heard throughout the movie.

The aptly titled "Watch Me Burn" plays during the shower scene (if you know, you know). "Dark Room" is a background song, and "Feel It" plays over the end credits. "Hard for Me," the movie's opening song, made the U.S. Top 100 Chart in June.

He's the proud father of two sons.

Morrone has two sons with his ex-wife, Rouba Saadeh, a Lebanese fashion designer: Marcudo Morrone and Brado Morrone.

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Ho messo al mondo due vite. #nothingelsematters

A post shared by Michele Morrone (@iammichelemorroneofficial) on Jul 1, 2019 at 9:04am PDT

Saadeh once used the hashtag #myhusbandisthebestdaddy to accompany a photo of Morrone running with his son on the beach—perhaps an endorsement of his parenting skills.

Morrone worked as a gardener after divorcing his wife.

In 2018, after four years of marriage, Saadeh and Morrone split up. Today, Saadeh works for Elie Saab, a designer, and founded Le Paradis Des Fous, a concept store.

Morrone opened up about the divorce in a candid Instagram post. "A year and a half ago I was about to leave everything, I didn't want to act anymore. I was in a severe state of depression after divorcing my wife. I found work as a gardener in a remote village of 1000 inhabitants because I had no more money in my pocket," Morrone wrote.

According to the post, he was offered the role of Massimo soon after. "Life is strange, when you're down destiny puts the right train in front of you and if you're strong you can take it. Always believe in yourself... ALWAYS."

No, he's not dating co-star Anna Maria Sieklucka.

In an interview with a Polish publication, Morrone said he and Sieklucka became "very, very good friends" while filming 365 Days. He credits the movie's steamy sex scenes with their bond. "They were really deep, so if we didn't like each other and had that bond on set, it wasn't going to be real–the scenes," he said. "We were forced to be friends, but we became friends for real. I love Anna."

Fans of 365 Days are hoping that the movie's stars are dating in real life. "Some of them want us to be a couple," Morrone said while speaking to Sieklucka on Instagram Live. "But you guys, sometimes friendship is much more important."

Actually, he doesn't appear to have a girlfriend at all.

At least—he's not dating anyone publicly. However, he was spotted kissing Elena D'Amario, an Italian ballerina, in 2019.

After 365 Days, watch his other Netflix show.

There's more Michele Morrone on Netflix. I repeat: There is more Michele Morrone on Netflix. Head to The Trial, an eight-episode Italian series from 2019. Morrone plays a character named Claudio Cavalleri. The murder mystery looks binge-worthy enough to enjoy even if Morrone weren't in it—but he's a treat.

He played a merman on Italian TV.

Morrone played Ares, a merman fleeing an underwater kingdom, in the Italian fantasy show Sirene. Honestly, we see it.

People are split over his paintings.

He's an actor! He's a singer! And he's a painter—though judging by comments on his Instagram, people are perplexed by his art. One Instagram follower from St. Petersburg gave the final take: "People say your paintings are scary but that's the most attractive thing in them."

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My world. . @raffaelecerracchio

A post shared by Michele Morrone (@iammichelemorroneofficial) on May 10, 2020 at 12:21pm PDT

Morrone's Instagram is practically a 365 Days sequel.

Looking for more 365 Days content before the inevitable sequel comes out? Then head to Morrone's Instagram, where he posts under the username @iammichelemorroneofficial. Unlike 365 Days, there's no problematic plot to contend with—just photos.

Finally, he used to have long hair.

Please add this important fact to your file about Morrone. We know you're building one.

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