For actress Kiana Madeira, that of acting was a love story started after seeing John Travolta in “Grease;” this “crush” led her then to the acting world, and to be be a protagonist of the “Trinkets” TV series and of the upcoming horror trilogy “Fear Street” as well.
While waiting for the occasion to play a musician and to tell stories that uplift impoverished communities, Kiana told us some curiosities about herself, and her beautiful experience with the “Trinkets” family on and off-set.
P.S. Be ready, her superpower is SO relatable!
What led you to the world of acting?
It all started when I was 5 years old and I fell in love with John Travolta in the movie “Grease.” I decided that the only way I could meet him and marry him was if I did a movie with him. It really just stuck ever since then. My parents are also huge supporters of the arts, so they put me in classes and took me to auditions when I was really young!
What can you tell us about your character’s evolution in the final season of “Trinkets?”
Season 2 is a very wild ride for my character, Moe. She acts recklessly, she laughs, cries, has her heartbroken, and battles with some addictions of her own. In just ten episodes, our writers did an amazing job at giving our characters the opportunity to really feel and grow.
How would you describe the journey as a part of the cast of “Trinkets?”
“Trinkets” was truly just as beautiful for me offset as it was on set. The cast feels like family to me and I love them all so much. I celebrated two birthdays on set- one in season one and one in season two, and those were both such beautiful experiences! I grew so much while filming Trinkets; emotionally and spiritually. I am so grateful for my journey as a part of the cast.
On what aspects did you focus to build your character? What were the main challenges and how did you relate to her?
Such great questions! A lot of the way that Moe was built was based on instinct. She is so impulsive; so, as an actor, I just needed to be present and open to allow her to feel. I also relate to Moe in this way; I am very affected by the energy that is around me and that leads to me feeling a lot. A challenge that I was faced with and accepted was making sure that I felt grateful every day while on set. We knew that it was our second and final season, so I challenged myself to really be present and to give thanks for every moment.
“I grew so much while filming ‘Trinkets,’ emotionally and spiritually. I am so grateful for my journey as a part of the cast.”
What’s your favorite coming-of-age movie and book?
My favorite coming-of-age movie is ‘The Sandlot’ and book is ‘The Girl Who Was Saturday Night’ by Heather O’Neill.
You are a leading actress of the upcoming horror trilogy “Fear Street:” What can you tell us about this new journey?
I am so excited for audiences to be able to see all three movies! “Fear Street” was an incredible journey for me. From my first audition to the last day of filming, it was challenging, enchanting, and exhausting! In the best way. We filmed all three movies back to back to back. It was my first time leading a trilogy, and I had a beautiful experience. I’m very grateful!
What’s your favorite horror movie?
What kind of stories do you dream to tell?
I would love to tell a story about a musician in a band, and embodying what life on tour would look like. I also dream to tell stories that uplift impoverished communities and shine a light on the resilience, strength, and love that comes out of hardship. I’m also very excited to be able to play a mom on screen someday. I love kids so much!
Your must-have on set?
A good book to read!
What’s your happy place?
In my hammock- either on my balcony in Brooklyn or in my backyard in Canada. Taking deep breaths with the sun shining, birds chirping, reggae music playing, and my bible by my side 🙂
What’s your superpower?
The ability to overthink everything!
What’s your guilty pleasure movie?
I wouldn’t call it a “guilty” pleasure, because I think all art is rightfully enjoyable! But a movie that I love watching and makes me feel good is ‘Pineapple Express.’
A series to binge and a series to savor?
A series to binge is ‘Trinkets’ and a series to savor is ‘Power Book II: Ghost.’
What can you tell us about your upcoming projects?
“Fear Street” is what I have coming up, and it’s slated to be out on Netflix during the summer of 2021!