Hanna Griffiths is an actor hailing from Melbourne, Australia. She has been working professionally within the industry ever since the tender age of 14 and kept pursuing her education in the artistic field by studying at the prestigious Acting schools including the Victorian College of the Arts.
Throughout the span of her diverse and eclectic career, Hanna had the opportunity to front ad campaigns for major international brands as diverse as Ray-Ban, Nintendo (opposite Olivia Newton-John in a popular national campaign), Coca-Cola, Lee and Apple, just to mention a few.
Hanna’s film and television career is equally as diverse. She had the opportunity to star in one of Australia’s most successful television shows, a series titled “Underbelly” The Golden Mile”. The show, inspired by a true story relating to Sydney’s criminal underworld, is highly regarded as the highest rating series in the history of Australian television, and Hanna became familiar to the audience due to her appearance on the show portraying the character “Jodie”.
In addition to her role on Underbelly, Hanna was also featured as a guest-star on award-winning TV hit “Rush” as well as appearing as a series regular on “The Valley” (KC Productions), and feature film “Evil Never Dies”, alongside Katherine Heigl. This was her first supporting role in a film, and she went on to appear in many other works – including Productions such as “Brothers”, “Space Between The Ripples”, “Josh Jarmen” and “Backstage Pass”, which was filmed in Los Angeles (California, US), where the actress currently resides. Hanna is also active as a stage performer, having been featured in theatrical productions of “Three Tall Women”, “Richard III”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Cosi” and “The Divorce”.
Known for her bright character and outgoing personality, Hanna is an easy-going and charming person who is easy to work with and very dependable. She looks up to fellow Australian performers such as Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts, among others. Hanna is committed to heightening her craft with every role, always focusing on the importance of great storytelling. She is determined to breathe life into her characters in the most authentic possible way, offering honest, emotional and heartfelt performances. Hanna received numerous accolades for her performances, and she was featured extensively throughout various media, including established magazines like Cosmopolitan, who featured Hanna’s profile as a prominent Aussie actor.
NY Elite Interview with Aussie Star Hanna Griffiths
NY Elite: What is your latest and current movie project?
My latest film is ‘White Crows’. It is a dark comedy following a group of Russian girls who come to Hollywood and get more than they bargained for.
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
I play Laura an American model who has meets the girls under false pretenses. They have been misled by a top producer who invited them to come to a premier in Hollywood only to ignore them and his invitation as he had my character there and he considers that more valuable to him. It’s an insight into Hollywood and how some of the power players use woman as objects and how they value them based on appearance.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
It was a fun shoot, very collaborative. I was mostly on location in Los Angeles. We shot at a cinema that they closed down for the day, there were a lot of extras and quite a crowd formed out the front.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
The creative process. I love the work itself, the research, the learning, the rehearsals. I love to start with nothing and built my character until it has a life of its own. When you do so much work on something that its inside you and you don’t have to think about it that’s pretty magical for me.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
I love horse riding, I grew up with horses. Painting really relaxes me, I paint on canvas or walls I’ve changed the color of my home a few times. Reading novels and plays. I like to walk in nature and I love animals.
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
Yes, I’m actually about to walk into a production meeting with the executive producer of the next project I’m working on. He just flew into Melbourne to meet with me. We have a production meeting today and tomorrow we are meeting with some of the other lead cast members. I’m really excited about this film.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?
At an audition don’t try to impress anyone. It will get in the way of your performance. Instead, own your craft, work really hard at it constantly. Develop the character bring them to life. Make strong brave choices. What does your character want? How are they going to get it? Do not play it safe. Don’t worry what people think about you. Stay focused on the work. If you do consistently great work directors will be impressed by you. A lot of times they don’t know what they are looking for. So, have a strong choice to offer them.
NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?
Both my parents started out in as social workers and worked with juveniles and children in foster care. they really instilled into me the importance of helping people. Being of service is very important to me.
I am affiliated with the Liv Campaign which is to raise awareness for breast cancer and early detection. I have been evolved with The City of Hope for several years raising money for youth cancer treatment and a cure.
More recently I have been doing visits to an assisted low-income nursing home in Los Angeles I spend time with some of the patients there and I really look forward to our conversations they are amazing people.
I feel very strongly about child sexual abuse and foster care and I want to get more involved in this.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
My family, my parents for all that they teach me. My acting teacher and mentor. All the directors that have guided me and taught me so much. My manager, agents and my team. My wonderful friends and peers. My brother and sister. My career coach, voice coach, acting coach. My health and Australia for giving me the strong stable foundation to grow from.