Check our exclusive interview with gorgeous actress, writer, and producer Kristina Anapau. Born in Hawaii, Kristina Anapau spent her youth studying classical ballet, music and theatre.
Anapau has trained and performed theatrically under the tutelage of The Royal Acadamy of Dramatic Art in London, and on the ballet front with American Ballet Theater and The Joffrey Ballet in New York City.
Her television credits are impressive as Kristina has recurred and guest starred in many noteworthy productions, including: True Blood (2008), The Glades (2010), House (2004), Monk (2002), CSI: NY (2004), Without a Trace (2002), Once and Again (1999), General Hospital (1963) and Knight Rider (2008). She also starred opposite popular comedian, Dane Cook, in the Sony Television produced pilot, Cooked (2005).
Anapau recurred on the hit HBO series, True Blood (2008), as the enchanting Maurella. She played “Galina” in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010), in which she acted opposite Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey.
Hi Kristina please tell us a little about yourself
Well, I never wanted to be an actress, I grew up very focused on classical ballet and academia – graduated from high school at 15 and started college that same year at University of Hawaii. Eventually received my degree from Skidmore College in New York.
What about 3 words?
Aware. Graceful. Focused.
Who is your biggest supporter?
How did you get started in the industry?
I unexpectedly landed my first film role at age 16 – Universal was shooting a movie called Escape from Atlantis and I was cast as the princess of Atlantis. I was hooked, and with the encouragement of the director and his wife, moved to LA shortly thereafter and continued to book work.
What was your first acting role?
Katrianna of Landros in Escape from Atlantis.
What is the best and worst part of being an actor?
Best part is that it facilitates constant exploration of yourself and your emotions…and the travel! Worst part is also the travel haha! Being on location for months on end. It’s so lovely when projects film in LA.
Best advice ever given?
That often times it’s tenacity, not talent, that makes one artist successful and another not.
Tell us about “KULEANA?”
It’s a mystery/drama set in 1971 On Maui – a really beautiful film. Kuleana is the Hawaiian word for spiritual responsibility. In the film many of the characters discover, each through their own respective journeys, that Kuleana is a privilege and not a burden. We could use more Kuleana in our world today!,
What has been your most memorable experience from the set?
The fight scene with my husband (played by Stefan Schaefer) at the edge of the cliff. It was our last scene in the entire shoot, heightened emotions and intensity, everyone giving 200%, the sun setting beautifully over the sea…everything was perfect.
What other projects you have been part of?
Black Swan, True Blood, Grimm, House MD, CSI, Monk…a lot more.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
Audrey Hepburn is my all-time favourite – her grace and elegance on screen and off.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
Kaplan MD lip balm. Sunglasses. A spritz of Aesop Hywl cologne.
What music do you like?
So many types.
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
Lounging in bed.
How’s a normal day in your life?
Coffee + Exercise + Work + Sleep
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d like to be doing a lot more writing.
Do you support any charities?
The International Rescue Committee (rescue.org)
Where we can follow you?
Favorite Music: The War on Drugs
Quote: “Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.” • Dorothy Parker
Holiday Destination: Cap Ferrat
Celebrity Crush: Steve McQueen
Song: Nova by VNV Nation