GAIA WEISS IS A FRENCH ACTRESS KNOWN FOR HER ROLES IN AMERICAN TV SHOW ‘VIKINGS’ AND BLOCKBUSTER ‘THE LEGEND OF HERCULES’. BORN IN PARIS TO A POLISH MOTHER, AND LATER RAISED BETWEEN PARIS AND LONDON, GAIA IS STRONG FROM HER MULTI-CULTURAL BACKGROUND. SHE DISCOVERED HER LOVE FOR THE STAGE AT THE AGE OF 4 WITH BALLET, AND WENT ON TO TAKE DRAMA CLASSES AT ONLY 7 YEARS OLD. SHE LATER TRAINED AT THE COURS FLORENT IN PARIS, FOLLOWED BY THE LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ARTS. GAIA COMES FROM A FAMILY OF INTELLECTUALS WHERE SHE TAKES HER LOVE OF WORDS, POETRY AND LITERATURE. SHE’S CONSIDERING ADDING A STRING TO HER BOW AS A DIRECTOR, AND IS CURRENTLY CO-WRITING HER FIRST FEATURE FILM ENTITLED ‘THRESHOLD OF REVELATION’.
photographed by SYLVIE CASTIONI
words by GAIA WEISS
hair GIULIO PANCIERA
make up BETINA ORSETTI
“As a child I was always dazzled by the performances of artists on stage. I was lucky enough to have parents who would regularly take me to see ballets, plays, concerts, exhibitions, and it awakened a passion for the stage in me. From that moment on I was dreaming to shine as bright as them in front of an audience.
I pursued that dream that lead me where I am now, at the start of a promising career as an actress. But reality structured my dream, life added that extra something that made me realise that being in front of the camera, under the spotlights wasn’t enough for me. I had to be given a voice.
I was always writing stories in different notebooks, and started doing it even more in my travels. But I recently decided to make the leap and bring my stories to life. I’m currently co-writing my first feature film with a friend, and shadowing director friends on their projects. This really symbolises a new chapter in my life, one where I’ll be involved in projects that are closer to me, and where I’ll hopefully be able to make a stand in the world.”