Nastassia Maltsava is a classically trained Russian-American NYC-based actress who has played roles from Chekhov to devised new plays, as well as acted in several independent films. She graduated with an M.F.A. in acting from the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theater School Institute at Harvard University and is fluent in Russian and English. She also has a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and worked in a Silicon Valley tech startup and at Google. Nastassia loves dancing and has performed at Ariel Dance Productions. She is currently working on the new film “The Adventures of Cheap Chad”.
“The Adventures of Cheap Chad” is a feature film directed by Victor Chu, written by Victor Chu and Roza Bicer, produced by Sky Tech One. Director Victor Chu has rounded up a spectacularly talented cast including, Zach Stevens, Shea Madison, Nastassia Maltsava, Drew Drake and Vincent Chan. The film takes a fresh look at the different NYC struggles and issues, with a punchline comedy.
“The Adventures of Cheap Chad” is currently in production.
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Actress Nastassia Maltsava
NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?
Nastassia Maltsava: I am currently working on “The Adventures of Cheap Chad” – an independent feature film directed by Victor Chu. It’s a story about a guy who is cheap with his finances and his emotions. Before “The Adventures of Cheap Chad”, I played a supporting role in “A Pack of Cigarettes” (a short film about the legendary Soviet singer and song-writer Viktor Tsoi).
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
Nastassia Maltsava: Alina is a Russian-American girl with a selfish attitude, high demands and an unapologetic tongue. She is the best friend of Chad’s girlfriend and is very critical of Chad’s cheapness.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
Nastassia Maltsava: Working with Victor was really fun. He allowed us to improvise a lot, and the scenes organically developed based on our improvisation. Victor is a very dedicated and inspiring director and he is open to new ideas and the actors’ input, which created a very collaborative environment on the set.
NY Elite: In which movies have you played lead role?
Nastassia Maltsava: Since I mostly do theatrical roles, this is actually my first lead role in a film. I am very grateful for this experience and have learnt a lot in the process. Playing a gold digger at heart seemed challenging for me at first, but once I found her own vulnerability and humanity, I understood where she is coming from. I also played a lead role in a short film “Kitty Care Cat Sitting” that I recently produced – it’s a fun comedy sketch about the absurdity of cat obsession.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?
Nastassia Maltsava: I will always have the most fond memories of my first stage role as Fanny in Marcel Pagnol’s “Marius”, but my recent most favorite role is in the Bad Neighbour Theatre’s production of Daniil Kharms’ “The Old Woman”, directed by Vyacheslav Firsov. It was done in the eccentric and absurdist theatrical style, and I loved how the director used imagination to create a full reality using only a few simple props. I am so excited to be working with this director again this fall in the production of “Toupee Artist” – a Russian story written by Nikolay Leskov.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
Nastassia Maltsava: I really enjoy creating my own work. Creating content allows actors bring their voices to their storytelling. We actors always have our dream roles, and by creating our own work we can get a chance to play them. That’s why what Victor is doing with “The Adventures of Cheap Chad” is really awesome because he is using his real-life stories, experiences and observations that inspired him to create this film.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Nastassia Maltsava: I love dancing a lot. My most favorite is house and contemporary dancing. It always puts me in such a great mood. I also enjoy drawing and sketching. One time I took a sketch class where we went to coffee shops and did quick sketches of real people which was fun.
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Nastassia Maltsava: Yes. This year I started writing, and I am currently working on the adaptation of Jean Genet’s “The Maids” with my friends. We are planning to stage it in November.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
Nastassia Maltsava: Do the audition preparation and everything, but right before walking into the audition room, try to focus only on improvisation. Your memory and intuition will be using all that preparation that you did anyways, because it is already in the back of your mind. But only improvisation can keep the audition interesting and alive. My experience with auditioning for “The Adventures of Cheap Chad” was exactly that.
NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?
Nastassia Maltsava: Definitely animal protection, especially WWF and the Humane Society. I love animals and I always want to support organizations that fight for them.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Nastassia Maltsava: Family, great friends, ability to pursue a career that I love, and opportunities to travel.