Q&A with Nadia Hatta
Q: You look unique, Where are you from?
A: Who cares. I’m human, just like you. Just kidding. I’m mixed Taiwanese, some Indian, Hainan & Arabic. I was born in Taipei, and raised in Taiwan & Canada.
Q: When did you realize you wanted to become an actress?
A: When I was 2 years old. I knew I wanted to be an artist. So, my whole life. I used to make my own films growing up, being the writer, director & lead actress. The moment I finally realized that this dream could be a reality was when I performed on an outdoor stage in Florence, Italy in a play speaking in both Italian & English. I played the Whole, Devil & Sentry. The feeling was so right, I decided to audition at Tisch School of Arts at New York University, one of the best acting programs in America and see what my chances were. If I got in, this would be my life. If I didn’t, I would just go into business.
Q: So, What happened?
A: Within a week of my audition, I got accepted into Tisch, booked a film role and a role in the play, “Mango Street.” That was when I realized that the Universe was telling me, “Go got it.” So I did my professional training at the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre/Acting, and did plays, indie films, voice overs, and all of the in between for the entire four years I lived in New York. That has been my life until today.
Q: Tell me about your TV experience.
A: When I moved back to Taiwan, I got cast in some English speaking TV shows on CTS and then acted in some Live ABC sitcoms. For two years, I worked on making a switch from Theatre Acting to TV acting, honing my craft, working on comedy, commercial acting & hosting, and voice over acting. In 2005, I landed a starring role on E4kids on TV and in 2009, I was handpicked like a goldfish to be the co-host for Fun Taiwan on Discovery Channel. I really love TV acting and being on location.
Q: Did you ever learn to work in Mandarin?
A: Yes, on E4kids. They already had this show on air before, but with a male host, Andy Chen. They were looking for a female host who was bilingual. And I got picked for the part. At first, I Thought I only had to perform in English until I saw the script. We would shoot 6-8 episodes in one day and all of it was in Chinese. Can you imagine? Plus, I had to speak in perfect”Broadcasting” Mandarin. I would memorize the words and tones day in and day out until I finally learned how to host in Mandarin after much suffering!! But I’m glad, it’s opened me up to a world of opportunities. Now, I can prove I really am Taiwanese by heart.
Q: What do you think is your edge?
A: Ground shaking, controversial roles. Comedy oh, and sex appeal, major sex appeal.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: Fun? What does that mean? I am a serious actress. I do monologues all day long in hopes that Ang Lee will find me. Just kidding. I love nature, hiking, swimming in the ocean, walking through forests, and of course, I practice my other love. Yoga, everywhere and anywhere. I love watching movies, laughing with friends, eating, reading, writing and going for long walks and traveling! Actually, my career is already really fun. I enjoy every project I do and enjoy meeting new creative people!
Q: You are a lot of fun. How can someone get to know you better?
A: What is this? A dating site? Just book me in an awesome project, and I’ll be there. Or, you can read my blog
and buy Nadia Hatta products to make me happy.
Q: Anything else you want to share?
A: Thank you for being interested in my website. I’m very grateful. I hope you enjoy my work and that it inspires
you to live your dreams as well. Life is short, so live it to the max, dare to be different, and in the meantime, be happy
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