GAIA PASSALER is an actress, originally from Milan, Italy, who recently starred in the WolfPac Entertainment's psychological thriller Heartsick, for which she received a best actress nomination and that will soon be available for streaming on Apple TV.
She is set to star in the lead role of a PhD student in Psychology who sets out to help a traumatized man in the romantic drama Holly Hill, by award winning screenwriter and director Adrian Roman. Principal photography begins in June 2021.
Her most recent work includes the indie feature film Fragile Heart, the horror-thriller Emory Woods, and the USC short film Heart or Mind, all currently in postproduction. She can also be seen in Wendy Jung’s award winning comedy Kleptos Confess and in the romance/period drama Not your girl, as well as in the gangster feature Mondo Bastardi, directed by Adam Skelter (to be released in 2022).
Gaia first fell in love with acting at the age of 11, when she went to the theater to see a family friend acting in a play. She enrolled and performed on the stages of her school plays and shows, deepening her passion for the craft, and a few years later, at 13, she produced, directed and acted in a staged version of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost, to this day an experience she deeply treasures.
After graduating high school, she decided to follow pursue her interests in the medical field and received her degree from the University of Milan. But her passion for Storytelling soon took over again, this time becoming her life mission and driving her to leave the familiarity of her hometown and country and move to the United States.
In 2016 she successfully graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she had the opportunity to train in Meisner, Uta Hagen and Stanislavski with theater directors and professors such as Zenon Kruszelnicki and Kyle Fabel (Columbia University and NYU Tisch graduate program). She also trained in movement, musical theater, stage combat and fencing. Her Voice and speech mentors were Jim DeMonic and Lester Shane. She worked on classical technique (Shakespeare) with Barbara Rubin, and on the Greeks, Commedia dell’Arte and Comedy of Manners with director Sheila Bandyopadhyay.
Gaia's favorite New York stage work includes Blanche in Streetcar, Hedda in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, and Clytemnestra in Charles Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0, as well as an all-women production of 12 Angry Women directed by Jonathan Bolt.
Trained also 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 Hollywood Fringe Festival play Inversion, by Aditya Putcha.
After moving to LA, she continued her acting training, developed her comedy skills in Improv with UCB, and worked with top audition coach Margie Haber. In 2019 Gaia found her artistic community at The Imagined Life studio, under the guidance of Diana Castle and Faline England.
Gaia is also known for starring in Eric Iglesias’ indie feature The Chosen Path, along with Tony Mouleart's The Newcomer, Best adventure short at the 2019 Marina del Rey Film Festival, 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's interests include dance, hiking, snow-skiing, horse-back riding, pilates and yoga. She is also a gifted singer and has a deep love for many outdoor activities. Gaia has so far visited about 20 countries. Some of her most cherished adventures include: visiting the Pyramids in Egypt, skiing in the Dolomites, hiking in British Columbia, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, sailing in the Aegean sea among the Greek islands, and zip-lining over the Costarican jungle.