ROME, MAY 10 – “The first rule of power is survival. But that is always with me ”. These are the words with which we know Livia Drusilla in Domina, the new Sky Original series that will debut in full on Sky and NOW on May 14, with all eight episodes immediately available, also broadcast every Friday on Sky Atlantic. Third and last wife of Gaius Julius Caesar, Octavian Augustus, an intelligent, ambitious, brilliant woman, a powerful advisor to her husband, is considered by some historiographical theories to be the political mind that would have influenced many of his choices. In the role of the adult protagonist (Livia as a teenager and in her early twenties has the face of Nadia Parkes) we find an intense Kasia Smutniak. “I was fascinated by the fact that the project was built around a historical figure who was fundamental for his time but little told and so little known today. Talking about it seemed to me even more important in the moment we live – explains the actress -. We need stories about women who are strong but also fragile and above all who have had a great impact. And doing it in a project that recounted this era from a female point of view was decisive “. The cast of the tale includes Matthew McNulty (Augustus, played in the first two episodes by a Tom Glynn-Carney); Claire Forlani, Colette Dalal Tchantcho, Liam Cunningham and Isabella Rossellini who portrays the matron of a brothel, Balbina, with great charisma. The series, shot at Cinecittà produced by Sky Studios, Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect Productions, is created and written by Simon Burke. The contribution to the setting of the costumes of the Oscar winner Gabriella Pescucci and the scenography by Luca Tranchino was fundamental. For Kasia Smutniak “Livia was perhaps the real first feminist, she created laws especially for women, which allowed them to keep their property and not lose their children after divorce. Back then, women were like objects of reproduction. This is a story that tells us how steps forward were made 2000 years ago and then canceled. It is an alarm that is also valid today, it tells us how certain conquests can be put at risk ”. (HANDLE).