Hailing from Milan, Italy, Gaia Passaler is a bilingual actor who first fell in love with the craft at the age of 11, after watching a family friend performing live in a play. She soon enrolled in theater classes and started performing in her school shows, even playing the lead role of Sandy in a production of Grease. At 14, she produced, directed and starred with her high school friends 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 New York, where she successfully graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Since then, she starred in a number of independent short films and feature films as well as theater productions.
In 2022 she starred in her first Lead role in an indie feature film, the romantic drama Oak on the Outside by award winning screenwriter/director Adrian Roman, where she plays a gifted PhD. student in Psychology who sets out to help a traumatized veteran.
Her recent work also includes a supporting role in the indie drama Fragile Heart (2021) and the protagonist in the horror-thriller short Emory Woods. She was also nominated Best Actress at the Top Indie Film Awards for her lead role in the award winning USC student film Heart or Mind (2021).
The role of Lucy in the WolfPac Entertainment's psychological thriller Heartsick (2019), also earned her a Best Actress nomination by the Wreak Havoc Horror film Festival.
Gaia's favorite New York stage work includes Clytemnestra in Charles Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0, as well as an all-women production of 12 Angry Women directed by Jonathan Bolt.
In Los Angeles also took part 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.
Very physically active, Gaia's interests include dance, hiking, snow-skiing, horse-back riding, pilates and yoga.