Kristina Anapau

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Kristina Anapau
Kristina Anapau 2012.jpg
Kristina Anapau, 2012; photo by Angela Marklew.
Born
Kristina Elizabeth Anapau Roper

(1979-10-30) October 30, 1979 (age 39)
Hawaii, U.S.
Alma materSkidmore College (B.S.)
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1997–present

Kristina Elizabeth Anapau Roper[1] (born October 30, 1979), better known as Kristina Anapau, is an American actress and writer. She is known for her roles as Maurella on the HBO series True Blood and as Galina in the 2010 film Black Swan.

Early life[edit]

Kristina Elizabeth Anapau Roper was born in Hawaii. She graduated from high school at age 15 and began her studies at University of Hawaii that same year.[1] Before gaining success as an actress, Anapau had intended to become a classical ballerina, having trained seriously since the age of 4.[2] She is a classically trained pianist and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Skidmore College in New York.[3]

Career[edit]

Early career (1997–2009)[edit]

As a student of 16, while majoring in Art History and Dance, and with no plans of being an actress,[4] Anapau was discovered by a talent agent and encouraged to audition for the 1997 film Escape from Atlantis (1997), which filmed in Anapau's native Hawaii. She landed the role of Katriana in the production and at the request of the film’s director, Strathford Hamilton, she relocated to Los Angeles where she pursued more work, ultimately continuing to work steadily across theater, film, and television.[1]

Over the next few years, Anapau appeared in numerous productions, including the films Madison, the comedy 100 Girls, and The Opposite Sex, as well as TV series General Hospital and Once and Again.

At age 20, Anapau joined the girl group "3G's" and they landed a recording contract with Hollywood Records and they spent the better part of a year recording an album and opening for Destiny's Child[5] on MTV's TRL Tour.

Anapau starred in the 2005 thriller Cursed, then appeared in the independent feature Self Medicated. She also starred as Cassidy Merteuil in Cruel Intentions 3. During this time, Anapau guest starred and recurred on many television series, including House, M.D., CSI:NY, Monk, Without A Trace, and Knight Rider.

Anapau also starred opposite comedian Dane Cook in the Sony Television produced pilot, Cooked.[6]

Recent work (2009–present)[edit]

Kristina Anapau

In 2009, Anapau was cast in Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky. "Darren is a genius whose focus and discipline on set is contagious", Anapau said in an interview, reflecting on her work in the 2010 film. "To say that working on Black Swan was inspiring would be an understatement."[7]

Anapau then completed several independent films including The Speak and the paranormal thriller 5 Souls, which she also co-produced. She appeared on an episode of the AMC series The Glades and then went on to land the role of faerie, Maurella, in HBO’s hit series, True Blood, appearing in five episodes over the fourth and fifth seasons.

In 2012, Anapau appeared on the NBC show Grimm, where she played "Megan Marston, a quiet, sheepish secretary working at a Wesen church who is actually a sheep-like creature dubbed a Seelengut".[8]

Anapau starred as Theresa in the 2014 paranormal feature Altergeist (aka Sighting).[9]

Anapau says she enjoys working in film and television equally, saying they have their "respective pleasures and challenges" and simply looks "for content that inspires me and hopefully elevates the world in some way—films have a track record of best fulfilling both the previous and the later, but there are some really incredible television shows out there that are doing the same. There is a lot of freedom to cross back and forth within the industry now."[10]

True Blood[edit]

Anapau made her debut as the faerie Maurella on episode of 11 of True Blood's fourth season,[11] and reprised the role in four episodes of the fifth season.[12]

The actress told The Huffington Post in an interview that "It was such a privilege to join the cast of True Blood. I was a huge Alan Ball fan prior to joining the show-- I'm so fortunate to work with an amazing group of people, immensely talented actors and fantastic crew."[13]

When asked about seeing a greater prevalence of strong, powerful female characters like those on True Blood, Anapau says, "Women audience members want to see strong women doing interesting things in film and on television – it's good for the industry and great for the world."[7]

Public image[edit]

Anapau has appeared on the cover of the Holiday 2012 issues of both Modern Luxury and Status LA magazine.[14]

She has also been a cover model for magazines such as MUSE, Faerie, Prodijee, and Stuff.[15][16][17] In January 2003, Anapau was ranked #98 on Stuff magazine's "103 Sexiest Women in the World".[18]

Other ventures[edit]

2012 marked Anapau's entry into the realm of editorial writing, with published articles in The Stndrd magazine, Status LA magazine, and The Hollywood Film Journal.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Locoweed & Other Discoveries Elizabeth Ann Video short
2000 100 Girls Sasha
2001 Madison Tami Johnson
2004 Cruel Intentions 3 Cassidy Merteuil Video
2005 Cursed Brooke
2005 Self Medicated Nicole
2010 Black Swan Galina / Little Swan
2010 Verdict Vanessa Thompson Short
2011 The Speak Paige Stone
2011 Cornered Jade
2013 5 Souls Jessica
2014 SEAL Patrol Lisa Westbrook
2014 Altergeist Thersea
2014 4 Cora Short
2015 Miss India America Soap Opera Patient
2017 Two Faced Angela
2017 Kuleana Rose Coyle

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 General Hospital Nurse Quinn TV series
1997 Escape from Atlantis Katriana TV film
1997 Power Rangers Turbo Myrtle "Weight and See"
2000 Undressed Roxy Main role (season 3)
2000 Opposite Sex Helen "The Virgin Episode"
2001 Once and Again Kimberly "Best of Enemies"
2002 Haunted Tierney Eastway "Grievous Angels"
2002 They Shoot Divas, Don't They? Tara Quinn TV film
2003 For the People Cissy Bunton "Nexus"
2005 CSI: NY Virginia Felton "City of the Dolls"
2005 Cooked Sydney TV film
2006 Celebrity Deathmatch Nicole Richie (voice) "New Celebrity Deathmatch: Bigger & Better Then Ever"
2008 House Marie "Living the Dream"
2008 Monk Amanda "Mr. Monk Falls in Love"
2008 Knight Rider Celine Lea "Journey to the End of the Knight"
2008 Without a Trace Emma Collins "Cloudy with a Chance of Gettysburg"
2010 The Glades Darcy Owens "Second Chance"
2011–12 True Blood Maurella Recurring role (5 episodes)
2012 Grimm Megan Marston "The Good Shepherd"
2013 Anger Management Erica "Charlie and the Virgin"

Awards and nominations[edit]

She won the Copper Wing Award at the 2006 Phoenix Film Festival for Best Ensemble for Self Medicated (2005).

Kristina won the Actress No Ka Oi award at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ting, Yu Shing (November 14, 2012). "From Hilo To Hollywood — And Lovin' It". MidWeek. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Meneghetti, John (February 9, 2011). "Exclusive Interview With Kristina Anapau, She Talks Black Swan & Superman Reboot". SandwichJohnFilms. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Kristina Anapau Interview". Naluda Magazine. April 2, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Von Kallenbach, Gareth. "Kristina Anapau Talks True Blood and Her Career". SKNR.net. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Gencarelli, Mike. "Interview with Kristina Anapau". Media Mikes. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Kristina Anapau Biography". OneIndiaEntertainment. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Interview : Kristina Anapau – True Blood". Starburst.
  8. ^ Gelman, Vlada (August 22, 2012). "NBC's Grimm Taps True Blood Fairy for Sheepish Season 2 Guest Role". TVLine. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kristina Anapau Sighting Interview". Femail.com.au.
  10. ^ Flint, Hanna. "In Conversation with Kristina Anapau". The Huffington Post.
  11. ^ "Who's that New Fairy?". The Vault.
  12. ^ Tucker, Damon. "Local Girl Kristina Anapau on Last Night's True Blood". DamonTucker.com.
  13. ^ Flint, Hanna. "In Conversation with Kristina Anapau". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  14. ^ "STATUS LA Magazine December 2012". Issuu. STATUS LA Magazine. November 28, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  15. ^ Kristina Anapau pictures and bio on STUFF MAGAZINE DOT COM: Archived August 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Faerie Magazine #34, Spring 2016". Faerie Magazine. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "Prodijee #23 Kristina Anapau". Issuu. Prodijee Magazine. February 11, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  18. ^ 'Matrix' Beauty Tops Stuff Mag's List Of Sexiest Women
  19. ^ Aaron, Matthew (May 15, 2013). "Ep.150 - Kristina Anapau & George Motz". The Matthew Aaron Show. Retrieved August 17, 2018.

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