Who plays Lucia in 'The White Lotus'? Get to know Simona Tabasco

Meet the actress behind season 2 standout Lucia, White Lotus' sweet Sicilian sex worker

Simona Tabasco as LUCIA White Lotus Season 2 - Episode 2
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In a cast of true characters, Lucia, The White Lotus' hustler with a heart of gold, is a standout. 

Lucia and her aspiring singer BFF Mia (Beatrice Grannò) are two of the Sicilian locals on The White Lotus season 2, who use their youth and beauty to entice several of the hotel's wealthy guests to invite them to stay in the luxurious Italian hotel's property, from Theo James' trou-dropping Cameron to Michael Imperioli’s divorced dad Dominic. 

Lucia is one of the few Italian natives that the show follows, which mostly chronicles a week in the life of the seriously rich, seriously self-involved vacationers portrayed by actors like Aubrey Plaza, Adam DiMarcoHaley Lu Richardson and Jennifer Coolidge in the cast of The White Lotus season 2

But who plays Lucia? Let's get to know the Italian actress behind the season 2 newcomer. 

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Who plays Lucia, 'White' Lotus season 2 character?

Lucia in The White Lotus is played by Neapolitan actress Simona Tabasco. (Yes, that is—awesomely—her real last name and, yes, she does have a tattoo of a chili pepper on her forearm. Perfetto!)

Of her character, Tabasco told Cosmopolitan (opens in new tab): "She is a free spirit. Sex work for her is empowering. If I had to name a reason she got into it, I would say money. She loves money. It fuels her ambitions. I don’t think Lucia anticipated sex work would lead to so much self-realization and personal growth, though. She’s looking for something more."

"The main thing with her is she has a lot of energy, and we see her as being hungry for life, for things—for having them, taking them, almost eating them. She wants to build a connection with what she has around her, and that’s close to my personality. I want to get to the bottom of things, to authenticity, to feel them in their rawness," the actress said in an interview with Vulture (opens in new tab). "Characters are, in general, a bit of a reflection of the actors that play them. You can study a lot and go far away from what you are, but you can’t get too far away."

Simona Tabasco age: how old is she?

Simona Tabasco was born in Naples, Italy, on April 5, 1994, which currently makes her 28 years old. She is an Aries. 

Simona Tabasco Instagram: what's her handle?

You can find Simona Tabasco on Instagram at the handle @simonatabasco (opens in new tab), where she has more than 176,000 followers. 

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Simona Tabasco and Beatrice Grannò

Most of Tabasco's scenes as Lucia in The White Lotus season 2 are opposite Beatrice Grannò, who plays her best friend Mia. Ironically, the actresses didn't have to fake their friendship, as they'd known each other for a decade before being cast in the HBO hit. 

"We met ten years ago in film school, when we were just starting to go down this road. Afterward, she moved to London to study acting and I remained in Rome. Four years ago, we met again on set for a TV series that we shot together in Italy, and that’s when we became real friends. That’s the chemistry you see onscreen," Tabasco told Vulture.

She continued: "When I got the White Lotus audition, I didn’t know that she had also gotten a White Lotus audition. I called her to practice my self-tape, and we realized we were both trying out for this show. We were both saying, “this can’t happen,” but we both got it!"

Simona Tabasco movies and TV roles

While The White Lotus is her first foray into American television, Simona Tabasco is well-known and prolific in her native Italy, having starred in TV series like I bastardi di Pizzofalcone, Luna Park, DOC - Nelle tue mani, È arrivata la felicità and Fuoriclasse. On the big screen, she's featured in films like 2020's The Ties, 2018's Bob & Marys and 2016's I babysitter

Catch Simona Tabasco as Lucia on The White Lotus season 2, airing Sundays at 9pm on HBO and HBO Max.

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.