Joji Yoshida
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Friday - April 22, 2005
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Christina Doo is much more than just an actress

Actress Christine Doo has done so much in her life already, I might as well start writing a screenplay. She holds the title of 2005 Narcissus Pageant First Princess. Christine is a graduate of Punahou School, where she played three years on the varsity tennis team. She was recently accepted to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, and she made her screen debut at the 2005 Actors’Showcase at Waialae Country Club. The event was hosted by Consulina Wong and produced by Wayne Ward. Talking to Christina is like watching a romantic movie where she takes you to a faraway land. She’s a world traveller and has been to Egypt, the Galapagos Islands, Greece and Italy, oh mama mia! I can’t list all the countries she’s been to. Names Casablanca as one of her favorite films. Here’s looking at you, Christina. Earned her Screen Actors Guild card when she landed a speaking part on North Shore. Recently got cast as Suzanne in Forsaken by Martin Troy. Loves Greek, Italian and Japanese cuisine. Volunteers at the Hawaiian Humane Society as a groomer. She spends quality time with her twin Siamese cats, Artemis and Apollois. So you see, Christine is not just another pretty face. She’s got personality that you’ll remember for a long time …

Stuntman Fuzzy Moody worked with many movie stars for the past three decades. To name a few: Sharon Stone, Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour and Sir John Gielgud. His work as a stuntman dates back to 1979 for Hawaii 5-0, when he leaped off the Makapuu cliff with a prayer and a cable separating him from the jagged rocks. A risky stunt is an understatement. Fuzzy even wore a dress and a ladies’ wig when he doubled for an actress in a TV series. And that’s what we have to do as stuntmen sometimes. Fuzzy was seen with Jorge Garcia in a episode of Lost titled Numbers. Fuzzy is a veteran in the stunt business and willing to get blown up, shot at, punched in the noggin or kicked in the shin. Whatever it takes to get the shot, he’s ready and willing …

I meet a lot of people working in the film industry. This talented actress I met in acting classseveral years ago. Her name is Bridget Owen. She’s currently employed at Tripler Army Medical Center. She earned a B.S. degree in nursing at the University of Illinois. While attending college she got hooked on acting and started her film career. She got her break getting cast in the movie Peachmaker by director Yuki Otsuka. Now, my buddy Yuki is Japanese, but he grew up in Australia. Can you picture him speaking with a Down Under accent? It’s pretty neat. Bridget attended Rosary High School in Aurora, Ill. Participated in cheerleading, dance, drama and volleyball. Her credits include My Wife & Kids with Damon Wayans and Punch Drunk Love with Adam Sandler. She enjoys working in big-budget movies, but loves being in independent films even more. Hey, that’s my kind of girl …

I’m not Christopher Columbus, but I found another very talented young actor. I saw 15-year-old Christian Zuckerman auditioning for Valtor The Great vs. The Universe. His improv acting and comic timing had me rolling on the floor. Director Gerard Elmore immediately knew he found the choice to play Valtor’s nemesis, Dark Leader. The role of Valtor went to another awesome actor, Jaeves Iha. Christian was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved to Hawaii when he was 3. Currently lives on a farm in Waianae and enjoys going to Yokohama Beach with his friends. His heroes are Brad Pitt and Viggo Mortensen and, let me guess, favorite movies are Troy and Lord of the Rings. He’s like most teenagers and loves to eat. His dad makes the best chocolate cream pie, he says. Choice of rock bands: Blink182 and Green Day. Christian is not afraid to take on any type of roles. He even played an elderly lady in a theatre production. Now that takes guts, if you ask me …

Filmmaker Dorothy Mane graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in English. She’s originally from American Samoa. Mane’s screen debut as Celia was in Molokai: The Story of Father Damien. The film starred David Wenham, who played Faramir in Lord of The Rings. She’s currently in pre-production of two films, one of which will be shot in the Samoan language. She made her debut as a director last year with Seeking Rainbows with Lena Kaneshiro. One of the best short films I’ve seen was her follow-up, A Legacy. Her acting performance was heart-wrenching as a woman hating the violent history of her family. Performed in The Sunshine Boys, directed by Glenn Cannon for The Actors Group last summer. She also had the leading role of Pele in the production of Ulalena in Lahaina, my favorite vacation spot. There’s more to this talented individual, so stay tuned …

Mary Ann Taheny is the youngest of nine children in her family. Her siblings were also into theatre and music. I’m thinking they had their own productions in the house growing up. She landed a role in The Hidden Battle with Jeff Katz and a guest spot in ABC series Lost recently. Mary also made an appearance at the Actors Showcase. Her favorite actors are Meryl Streep and Gregory Peck. She loves tomato and pineapple pizza with no sauce — huh? Her favorite movie is A Room with a View. One of her many talents is her array of accents — you name it, she can do it. She’s a graduate of San Francisco State with a B.A. in vocal performance. She’s also a concert soloist, I might add. Mary Ann is known to frequent Palomino’s. You might spot her there if you want her autograph …

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