Her father had a varied career, including jobs as a gym teacher, lawyer, drug counsellor, and primal scream therapist. There's an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they had all sons. So they married more Irish women, there were more sons, and more Irish women. Now I'm basically Scots-Irish ". Another child was originally cast in the part, but Ricci devised a plan to secure the role for herself.