Kristina Anapau, 2012; photo by Angela Marklew.
Kristina Elizabeth Anapau Roper
October 30, 1979
|Alma mater||Skidmore College (B.S.)|
Kristina Elizabeth Anapau Roper (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.
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. Before gaining success as an actress, Anapau had intended to become a classical ballerina, having trained seriously since the age of 4. She is a classically trained pianist and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Skidmore College in New York.
Early career (1997–2009)
As a student of 16, while majoring in Art History and Dance, and with no plans of being an actress, 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.
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 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.
Recent work (2009–present)
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
Anapau has appeared on the cover of the Holiday 2012 issues of both Modern Luxury and Status LA magazine.
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.
|2000||Locoweed & Other Discoveries||Elizabeth Ann||Video short|
|2004||Cruel Intentions 3||Cassidy Merteuil||Video|
|2010||Black Swan||Galina / Little Swan|
|2011||The Speak||Paige Stone|
|2014||SEAL Patrol||Lisa Westbrook|
|2015||Miss India America||Soap Opera Patient|
|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"|
|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
Kristina won the Actress No Ka Oi award at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival.
- Ting, Yu Shing (November 14, 2012). "From Hilo To Hollywood — And Lovin' It". MidWeek. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- Meneghetti, John (February 9, 2011). "Exclusive Interview With Kristina Anapau, She Talks Black Swan & Superman Reboot". SandwichJohnFilms. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- "Kristina Anapau Interview". Naluda Magazine. April 2, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- Von Kallenbach, Gareth. "Kristina Anapau Talks True Blood and Her Career". SKNR.net. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- Gencarelli, Mike. "Interview with Kristina Anapau". Media Mikes. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "Kristina Anapau Biography". OneIndiaEntertainment. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
- "Interview : Kristina Anapau – True Blood". Starburst.
- Gelman, Vlada (August 22, 2012). "NBC's Grimm Taps True Blood Fairy for Sheepish Season 2 Guest Role". TVLine. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- "Kristina Anapau Sighting Interview". Femail.com.au.
- Flint, Hanna. "In Conversation with Kristina Anapau". The Huffington Post.
- "Who's that New Fairy?". The Vault.
- Tucker, Damon. "Local Girl Kristina Anapau on Last Night's True Blood". DamonTucker.com.
- Flint, Hanna. "In Conversation with Kristina Anapau". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- "STATUS LA Magazine December 2012". Issuu. STATUS LA Magazine. November 28, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- Kristina Anapau pictures and bio on STUFF MAGAZINE DOT COM: Archived August 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- "Faerie Magazine #34, Spring 2016". Faerie Magazine. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- "Prodijee #23 Kristina Anapau". Issuu. Prodijee Magazine. February 11, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- 'Matrix' Beauty Tops Stuff Mag's List Of Sexiest Women
- Aaron, Matthew (May 15, 2013). "Ep.150 - Kristina Anapau & George Motz". The Matthew Aaron Show. Retrieved August 17, 2018.