Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
I’m Angel Hass an actress and dancer, born and raised in Germany and live since 2019 in Los Angeles. In Germany, I was mainly working as a dancer and dance teacher at ballet schools. I did my Teaching studies at the Royal Academy of Dance and dedicated most of my time to teaching and dancing on stage. I came to L.A. to take a 4- week acting workshop and fell in love with the craft so I decided to enroll in the UCLA acting program, where I graduated in 2021. During my UCLA time, I simultaneously enrolled in a Meisner program at the baron brown studios where I will graduate in July 2022.
Because of my artistic background which includes dance and martial arts I love to pursue roles that are physical active like Trinity in Matrix or black widow. I love roles that are coming from a deep loving protective place and I’m personally endlessly romantic:)
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
What makes me different is my cultural background even though I was born and raised in Germany my parents come from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, so I grew up speaking Russian, having diverse food, and listening to Russian music. At the same time, I feel German and adapted to the German lifestyle. I always say my mind is German but my heart is Russian.
My dad had a martial arts school so at the age of 3 he trained me in Kung- Fu, and Nunchucks. When I was 10 I switched to ballet which can be seen as a contrast, but for me, I took a lot of the Kung- Fu spirit into dance especially the way of thinking.
What makes me unique is my bi-cultural upbringing combined with martial arts and dance. I can switch my character easily from tomboy to princess and I love to embrace both. But most importantly for me is having a good heart, being human, loyal, and having a good spirit.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
For dance, it was a dance performance that I had when I was 13 years old. It felt so magic on stage that I knew that I will never stop dancing because when you are in the moment it feels like higher energy that takes you over, you have no fear, and you kind of get into a trance, you can execute more energy than ever it’s like an Adrenalin rush.
From there on I knew I will never stop performing, but to pursue a career as an actress came later in October 2019 when I took my first acting workshop where I had a method acting class. After three weeks I had my emotional breakthrough during a monologue the tears would just flow and it felt like I really experienced the words that are written. I thought ‘ wow acting is so much deeper than I ever thought’. I knew it is what I want to do and make people feel what I felt when I watched movies that inspired me, because those actors came from a deeply personal place and of course were well trained. What I love about movies and actors is that they can inspire you, lift you up, motivate and encourage you. My childhood was based on martial arts movies so every time I used to watch fighters on screen I felt motivated and encouraged to work harder for what I really passionate about, which is acting performing, dancing, and taking things that did not work out as a lesson and preparation.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
Overall its DOUBT and LONELINESS.
When I perform or do things I never doubt myself but afterward is that feeling that a lot of artists have – ‘ Was it good enough?’. It’s hard not to over judge yourself, usually it’s happening unconsciously, it’s more a doubtful feeling that you get instead of thoughts. I try not to focus on that and keep training and learning otherwise you gonna lose the spirit, purpose, and joy.
The other thing which I experienced since I live in another country and especially during the pandemic was loneliness. In the past, I was always surrounded by my family, long-term friends, and my students. But being by yourself in a foreign country and an artistic lifestyle can make you feel sometimes alone. You have always unique obstacles especially as an international it can be sometimes exhausting. So for me, it is good to spend time with my family or with friends at the beach and not to think about the next audition, work, or training.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
I’m still researching for agents, Managers, and Casting Directors who are looking for bilingual actresses with an athletic background. It would be nice to get on their raster and get called for auditions.
If I choose actresses to talk to it would be Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella or Alicia Vikander. These three are amazing actresses who were before dancers. I would love to talk to them about how they made the transition and what their experiences were like. I love all the roles they played and this is the character direction I want to pursue.
I admire Luc Besson movies I feel they are the perfect mix of strength, entertainment, humor, and have a clear message. I like the strong female characters in his movies and it would be an honor to have one day a role in one of his movies.