Dark hair and even light olive skin doesn't necessarily apply as mediterranean since its often Alpine racial category that does classify these as being a member and is often the 3rd overlooked racial category in white supremaciest eugenist.I was just trying and rationalizing ... btw, Monica Bellucci in Italy is considered quite "dark" as for skin ... if you want to see a "clear" Italian actress look for Laura Chiatti. But in US [what a coincidence] they know Asia Argento [who is "dark" ...].
P.S. may be I'm mindless, but I find it difficult to remember an Italian actress with blond hair, blue eyes and light skin who has become famous at Hollywood. Let's see ... Muti? No ... Cardinale? No ... [about Loren, Lollobrigida and Argento I've already said] ... Magnani? No ... Oh my ... Canalis? [Former Clooney's girlfriend] No ... [and she hasn't become famous ...]. Now I have to find a Nordic Italian actress who has become famous at Hollywood ... and I will remember someone. Someone existed for sure.
Most of the Italian stars come less as traditionally mediterranean and more like Alpine. Even the dark ones like Sophia Loren are white enough to pass as WASP who's been sunbathing as I said earlier and they can easily be categorized as Alpine (since Alpine is technically skin tone from a bit darker white to milky white but with dark hair often brown and most of the time brown eyes though blue eyed or green eyed people often fall into the category).
I mean Loren's role of the Fall of the Roman Empire is spot on as the typical central European and French look (both regions containing most of the world's Alpine people). As did most French stars. She may have been olive skin in some times of her life when she was vacationing or before her rise as an actress but its pretty much the LIGHTEST SHADE of olive that can be found in France and other Alpine countries and even Britain. No one's gonna confuse her for a typical white looking dark olive skin Arab or upper class Mestizo Mexican even at her darkest. Most of the time throughout her film career she looks French through and through.
As I said earlier compare some of Belluci's roles such as Malena,Love: Instructions for Use, and even The Matrix. While she looks olive in some screenshots, its the lightest shades of Olive and she can pass very much for say a Hungarian or Dutch in most of the scenes.
In contrast to most of her native Italian films and even a few French ones, she's often shown in her natural yellow mestizo looking skin tone. Yes she can pass for an Arab in her daily life without make up and screen setting but films like The Matrix show her as passing off for an American who's tanning.
I admit I made a mistake by using "olive" skin as thats quite vague and many shades of olive don't look dark at all but a normal white person (even without tanning) but just slightly darker in SOME LIGHTING (as in not Americans who obviously been sun tanning or working out doors in the farm fields). Some paintings of our founding fathers and even big blatantly white American stars like MEl Gibson are technically "olive" because they look a bit darker than your average Swede. Something that technically classifies more as Alpine than Mediterranean
So I'll change it into "yellowish" Arab skin tone and mestizo Latino to clarify.
Which by that standards most Italian stars-even those not as cinema stars but big names in cooking, soccer players, etc are not even close to having the same skin tone we associate with the Yellow Outreamer Arabic speaking peoples and upper class Latinos who have a bit more white blood in them and more white man features (a la Salma Hayek).
And even those who are dark can easily pass for Alpine than Mediterranean such as Loren (though I would definitely classify Belluci as Mediterranean outside of roles that gave her makeup to look whiter).
BTW Before anyone accuses me of being ignorant, I am aware of Hispanics with Nordic features and Arabs who can pass as Alpine or even British looking with blue eyes or green eyes and arguably some of them with paler skin than even Swedes. But I'm referring to what passes "light skin" in Arabic and Latino cultures which is often yellowish skin tone that we Americans accuse off as "Mexican looking" but back in Arabic and Latino culture sis considered their standards of "white skin" and even "ideal beauty features" (evne though even more white skin such as blue eyed Palestinians with pale skin combined with light brown hair and redhead blue eyed mostly Iberian ancestry Mexicans are even more desired and considered the epitome of beauty in those regions).