Recently, I was given an opportunity to interview talented actress Nikki Hahn. She started her acting career at the age of 4 and her credits are moving at a wonderful rate. She has been in then the TV shows “Jessie, “American Horror Story” and “The Fosters” to name a few. Continue to read and learn more about her, her up and coming movies, how she remembers her script and what she would like to do in the future.
Photo Credit: Lesley Bryce
Q: What are the projects that you are currently working on? Please tell us a little about it.
I’ve read for a couple of films and we’ll see what happens next. I’m playing the waiting game right now!
Q: Please tell us what do you feel is your biggest achievement?
I have always chosen projects that I feel are personal achievements in my career so the latest projects would be Disney’s “Adventures in Babysitting” and “Genius” for National Geographic, by executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
Q: Besides acting, what are you passionate about?
Music! I’m a singer; I also play and study guitar. My dad, who is a classical guitarist, is one of my music teachers and we enjoy working on music projects on the weekends.
Q: How do you prepare for a role?
It depends. If the characters are based on a book, I read the book. Sometimes the character calls for particular “look” so I will spend time putting an outfit together to fit that look and then do lots of scene study at home. Most of the time when I audition for a role, I go with my gut instinct. I’ve learned to trust it and it works for me.
Q: Tell us about your role in the upcoming shows, ‘’ Genius’’?
First of all, the cast of this show is brilliant and I learned so much just being on set with them. I play the role of young Mileva Maric (Einstein’s wife). My episode shines light on young Mileva during the ages of 11-14. Her curious mind and desire to pursue the study of science and mathematics presents many challenges. It was not easy for a young girl trying to be admitted into an all-boys secondary school in Serbia in 1890. I can’t wait to watch the series this coming spring. It is a great personal achievement for my career.
Q: Why and when did you decide to start you acting career?
My acting career started to develop at age 3 because of my personality. When I was young I liked to play dress up, so doing a ton of commercials was a lot of fun for me. At age 5 my agent sent me out to read for a dramatic role on “CSI: Miami” just to try it out, and I ended up booking the job. Soon we realized that I liked to be a character in a story more than anything else so I began to focus on TV and film.
Q: If you could travel the world with anyone whom would you take?
Right now, I would want my mom with me. She is my best friend and loves to explore fun places. I definitely get my adventurous spirit from her. When I was in Prague working on “Genius”, we went out to explore the town and we happened to run into a huge group furries (about 200 people dressed in wolf and other animal costumes). They were on their way to a wolf convention and my mom made friends with all of them. We then followed them to Old Town Square so that I could take millions of pictures with them. It was hilarious! So yeah, I’d take my mom.
Q: Please tell us what do you feel is the biggest challenge in your acting career?
Right now I think it’s waiting for great roles for my age group in film.
Q: So many young actresses are committed to public service, setting a great example for their peers in terms of being involved with charities and the community. What causes are important to you, and what do you do to support them?
I support many animal rescue charities and children’s hospitals.
Q: As a teen actress, how do you strike the balance between schoolwork and your career?
I am home schooled so it helps me to balance my work and schooling. If I don’t get to complete all my assignments during the day, I can continue working in the evening or catch up on weekends. Having a great studio teacher on set to help you stay on track with your assignments is also very important.
Q: If you were not a teen actress, what would you be up to now?
I would be in public school and would have probably joined the cheerleading team or the drama club.
Q: If you have the chance to choose any other stars at your age to be your classmate, whom would you like to?
Well he’s not my age group but I’d still like him to be in class with me. Jacob Tremblay! He looks like a lot of fun and we could probably talk “Star Wars” all day.
Q: Have you ever taken acting classes before? And do you think acting classes are necessary for aspiring teen actors or actresses?
Sure, I’ve taken scene study classes before. I didn’t take classes when I was very young but I have taken classes as I got older. I think it helps to guide you, helps you see other point of views, discover your strengths and weaknesses and get feedback. However, I don’t get coached for auditions unless I really don’t understand the material.
Q: How can your fans interact with you online?
My fans can follow me on my verified Instagram (@nikkihahnactress), on Twitter (@missnikkihahn) and my Facebook page is verified as ‘Nikki Hahn’. I am mostly active on Instagram and Twitter. I value my fans and would love to hear from more of them!
Favorite Sport: Swimming
Favorite Music: It keeps changing but right now I love alternative rock such as Twenty One Pilots.
Travel Destination: Australia and Africa
Favorite TV Show: It’s hard for me to keep up with shows but I do tune in to “The Voice” most often!
Dream College: University of Southern California!
Q: Now for my last question: what do you want to say to those who wish to pursue their careers in Hollywood?
It’s hard work but if you love it, you won’t even notice it. Find out the type of actor or artist that you are and focus on that. Finally, be patient, be persistent and never give up.
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Written by Martin Chan