La Dolce Vita: Coco Rebecca Edogamhe

As the star of Italy’s wildly popular Netflix series “Summertime,” Coco Rebecca Edogamhe is forging a bright new path for herself and her country

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Coco Rebecca Edogamhe is the titular character of the wildly popular Italian Netflix series, Summertime. She plays Summer, an introverted young girl living in a quaint seaside village on the Adriatic coast who yearns to experience more of the world, and sees her chance to do so when Ale, a handsome, single, and famous motorcyclist, rides into the small town from Rome.

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Edogamhe, being of Italian and Nigerian descent, represented a sea change in Italian media and entertainment when she accepted the role back in 2020; she is, after all, a Black woman playing the lead of a hit new show, in a country which still suffers from a scarcity of BIPOC representation.

“When Summertime came out, I was nervous, because in Italy there really were no series or movies starring a Black actress,” Edogamhe says. “I thought I would receive a lot of racist comments about it. But, seeing the success of the series, I’ve actually been thrilled. I’ve gotten a lot of positive messages from all over the world. In that way, I realize what I have done is very important. I represent all those second and third-generation boys and girls who have never had representatives. There is still a long way to go, and I want to take part in that change.”


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