Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hi, I am Maia Nikiphoroff. I am originally from Paraguay but with an Italian and Ukrainian background. I am currently continuing my acting career in Los Angeles, which I am passionate about.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I started dancing and acting when I was a child and into my late teens I danced professionally in ballet and modern dance in particular. Eventually, I deviated from the arts to study Marketing. Today I am completely focused on acting and I simply love it.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I have to say my mom is one of my biggest inspirations. She is always a rebel at heart and a lover of life, who questions the norm and fights for what calls her heart. Also, my teachers in acting at Stella Adler are a huge inspiration and impact on my personal and professional career, because they constantly remind me of the value of art.
What kind of training have you done?
I started taking acting classes alongside dancing classes back home in Paraguay so I have dedicated most of my life to the arts in one form or the other. While studying Marketing I rekindled with theater by taking improv classes in Dubai, UAE, where I completed my University studies. From there, I decided to put all my energy and focus back on acting so I decided to do the two year conservatory program at Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Every role is a challenge, therefore it requires a different approach in the research and the way of getting into character. I haven’t worked the same way with two characters, so all of them become a new inspiration. Recently, I worked on the film ‘The Broker’ directed by Ben Hatt. I played Denise, a single mother who gets tricked by Haywood, the broker, in a dubious investment which makes her lose everything. Tired of being abused by her social and economic position in society, she along other clients of Haywood, decide to take matters into their own hands and avenge the wrong that has been done to them. I liked working on this project because it deals with the human condition and how our instincts kick in under extreme circumstances.
What projects do you have coming up?
I am working on the play Purplish written by Tim McNeil and directed by Alex Aves. I’m playing Mona, a playwright dying of stomach cancer, who tries to figure out what comes after death and at the same time tries to come to terms with her regrets in life and her misunderstanding about what is important in the time we are between birth and death. It’s a very complex, yet beautiful character that I feel privileged to work on.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I guess like in any relationship, I want someone I can trust, work openly with and someone who is willing to explore the depths of a scene or a moment between two characters under a given circumstance.
What are your plans for the future?
Who knows! The future is so uncertain, blurry and even scary at times. Every choice we make in the present moment opens thousands of possibilities for the future. I do know this, I want to keep doing what I love and what I am passionate about and hopefully that will drive my future in the direction it’s meant to go in.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Know your art, what moves your heart to perform and what stories you want to tell, whether it is to inspire, question or entertain an audience.