how do i know how to tell the difference between "that" and "this" and "the"?
It can also be эта актриса — итальянка because Russian normally use forms of тот in contrast to этот
I'm just curious, in English it is becoming more common to refer to acting people of both sexes as a gender-neutral "actor." Is that something that's done in Russian?
The word Actor is used for both male and female performers. I think actor should be accepted as correct translation unless it is in the context of an award