Giada may be great on camera, but that doesn’t mean she has any interest in acting, as she would prefer just to be herself. That being said, in 2019, she finally agreed to take on a new role in the animated series “Handy Manny,” starring Wilmer Valderrama.
The Food Network star plays the role of Paulette, the owner of the pizzeria Paulette’s Pizza Palace. Manny enlists her help to fix an automatic pizza rolling machine in the bubbly children’s TV episode. That’s not the first time she’s geared her performances towards kids, either.
Apparently, Giada’s grandfather’s parents made pasta and sauces to sell when he was a kid, too. His siblings would go door to door, selling to neighbors and others in the area. “That whole area was all pasta factories, but when I say ‘factory,’ you can’t think of the factory the way you think of a factory in Detroit," she told the "New York Times."
She continued, "Think of a building, and in part of the building, they make pasta all day. They hang it on the roof, okay? Like on clotheslines. And then they live in that same building. There are blocks and blocks of that.”
The early ‘00s were a busy time for Giada, but not all of the stress was work-related. Tragedy struck in 2003, when her brother, Dino Alexander De Laurentiis, passed away from melanoma. The two were extremely close, so she was devastated by the news. “He was the person I turned to for everything,” she said during an interview with "ET."
She keeps her brother’s memory alive by visiting a special spot in Los Angeles that overlooks the ocean, which he used to do all of the time before his passing. Giada even had a bench placed there in his honor.
Authoring a Children’s Series
Taking on the voice role in the animated series Handy Manny felt like enough adventure for Giada when acting. But over the years, she’s also explored another avenue that helps her connect with a younger audience, which is authoring a series of books for children called "Recipe for Adventure."
The book series follows a young protagonist named Zia as she travels all around the world, trying different types of cuisines from continent to continent. The Food Network star traveled herself to book signings for fans across the country.
The Rumor Mill
In 2014, when Giada had announced that she and Todd were splitting up, the rumors that were circulating were plenty, and old ones started to be talked about again. According to the media, she was having an array of flings with everyone from co-stars on Food Network to high-profile musicians.
One such musician included John Mayer, which she’d been rumored to be having a fling with all the way back in 2009. It wasn’t just one source, but rather several that speculated a relationship between them. "Star" magazine alleged they’d had a “steamy hookup” at one hotel in New York.