GAIA PASSALER is a "made in Italy" SAG-eligible actress, who recently starred as Lucy in the WolfPac Entertainment's horror-thriller Heartsick, and as Dr. Julia Harris in the indie feature film Fragile Heart. She also played the leads in Wendy Jung’s award winning comedy Kleptos Confess and in the romance Not your girl, a Chapman University production, as well as a supporting role in the gangster film Mondo Bastardi, directed by Adam Skelter (coming soon in 2021).
She is set to star in the upcoming horror Emory woods, directed by Angela Zaniboni, shooting in early 2021.
She has been nominated for a Best Actress award for her lead role of Lucy in Heartsick.
Gaia first fell in love with acting at the age of 11 in Milan, the Italian town where she grew up, when she first went to the theater to see a family friend acting in a play. She was then consistently chosen to play the lead roles in the final shows of the school's theater program, 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 one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of her life.
After high school, she decided to follow other interests, and became a licensed orthodontist. 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 graduated from the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she had the opportunity to train in Meisner, Uta Hagen 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, 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 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 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 Sacred Fools Theater play Inversion.
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. Since 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 loves ballroom and hip-pop 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. A world traveller, 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.