GAIA PASSALER is a SAG-eligible actress who recently starred in Wendy Jung’s award winning comedy film Kleptos Confess. She played lead roles in the horror-thriller Heartsick, directed by Katie Cleese, in the romance Not your girl, a Chapman University production, and a supporting role in the gangster film Mondo Bastardi, directed by Adam Skelter.
She is set to star in the upcoming horror feature film Emory woods, directed by Angela Zanaboni, and she will co-star in the indie drama Fragile Heart, directed by Stephen G.Lowe. Both films are shooting in spring 2020.
Coming from a solid theater training, Gaia's favorite New York stage roles include Blanche in Streetcar, Hedda in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, and Clytemnestra in Charles Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0, as well as juror 10 in an all-women production of 12 Angry Women directed by Jonathan Bolt. Trained in musical theater, she co-starred in the Alex Theater production of Marilyn! a new musical, and she was critically acclaimed as Natalia in the Sacred Fools Theater play Inversion.
Gaia studied at the renowned American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she had the opportunity to train in Meisner, Uta Hagen’s technique and Stanislavski with professors and directors, including Zenon Kruszelnicki and Kyle Fabel (Columbia University and NYU Tisch graduate program). She also trained in movement, musical theater and Voice with Jim DeMonic. She worked on classical technique (Shakespeare) with Barbara Rubin, and on the Greeks, Commedia dell’Arte and Comedy of Manners with Sheila Bandyopadhyay.
After moving to LA, she continued her acting training with Tribeca film director Tom O’Brien. She also developed her comedy skills in Improv with UCB, and she’s worked with top audition coach Margie Haber.
Gaia is most well known for starring in Eric Iglesias’ indie feature The Chosen Path, along with Tony Mouleart's The Newcomer, and Shun Lee's legal drama Charged. She was also delighted to co-star in Toenail, which received an award in the HBO Visionaries Film Competition.
Very physically active, Gaia loves jazz and hip-pop dance, hiking, snow-skiing, horse-back riding, pilates and yoga. She has a deep love for any outdoor activities. A world traveller, Gaia has so far visited about 20 countries. She visited the Pyramids in Egypt, skiied in the Dolomites, hiked in British Columbia, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, sailed in the Aegean sea among the Greek isles, and zip-lined over the Costarican jungle.