Closing Night of A Murder of Crows

Closing Night of A Murder of Crows

Closing Night is here. It has been a fun run and I have loved playing Nella in A Murder of Crows in Berkeley, CA. I felt the play just got better and better as we went on with the performances. I want to thank all of my fellow actors: H. Nicole Anderson, Ran Flanders, Sean Fortenberry, Tiana Randall-Quant, Samuel Peurach, Cecily Schmidt, Mia Semelman and Sahori Tiffany Sumita. Everyone in the cast is so talented and a pleasure to work with. This includes the playwright Mac Wellman and director Peter Glazer. :)

In the photo: L-R: Tiana Randall-Quant as Georgia and Anna Easteden as Nella.

Closing Night of A Murder of Crows

A Murder of Crows Opening Night

A Murder of Crows Opening Night

Opening Night is here! I am super excited to be playing Nella in A Murder of Crows at the Durham Studio Theater in Berkeley, CA. The play is written by  Mac Wellman and directed by Peter Glazer. A Murder of Crows is a surrealist story of a young woman railing against a decaying world. In other roles you will see: H. Nicole Anderson, Ran Flanders, Sean Fortenberry, Tiana Randall-Quant, Samuel Peurach, Cecily Schmidt, Mia Semelman and Sahori Tiffany Sumita.

Come see the play!

In the photo: L-R: Tiana Randall-Quant as Georgia, Anna Easteden as Nella and Ran Flanders as Howard.

A Murder of Crows Opening Night

A Murder of Crows at Durham Studio Theater in Berkeley

A Murder of Crows at Durham Studio Theater in Berkeley

I am super excited to announce that I will be playing the role of Nella in A Murder of Crows at the Durham Studio Theater in Berkeley, CA. The play is written by  Mac Wellman who will be in Berkeley for the duration of the play. The play is directed by Peter Glazer. The play premieres on November 19th 2015. In other roles you will see: H. Nicole Anderson, Ran Flanders, Sean Fortenberry, Tiana Randall-Quant, Samuel Peurach, Cecily Schmidt, Mia Semelman and Sahori Tiffany Sumita.

Come see the play!

In the photo: L-R: Tiana Randall-Quant as Georgia, Anna Easteden as Nella and Ran Flanders as Howard.

A Murder of Crows at Durham Studio Theater in Berkeley

Starting Rehearsals on a Play in Berkeley

Starting Rehearsals on a Play in Berkeley

I am super excited to say that I got cast in a play in Berkeley. I haven’t done a play in a long time, so it was about time!I will be playing the role of Nella in A Murder of Crows at the Durham Studio Theater in Berkeley, CA. The play is written by  Mac Wellman who will be in Berkeley for the duration of the play and the play is directed by Peter Glazer. The play premieres on November 19th 2015. My fellow performers are: H. Nicole Anderson, Ran Flanders, Sean Fortenberry, Tiana Randall-Quant, Samuel Peurach, Cecily Schmidt, Mia Semelman and Sahori Tiffany Sumita.

Come see the play!

In the photo: Anna Easteden as Nella

 

Starting Rehearsals on a Play in Berkeley

Why is Life so Hard?

Why is Life so Hard?

As if being an actor in Hollywood wasn’t hard enough, I decided to go back to school. Last fall I applied to some universities and was accepted into bunch of great schools like: Columbia in New York, UCLA and USC. I decided to accept the offer to attend UC Berkeley. I am going to Cal as a Junior and now this is my first semester in Berkeley.

Funny thing is I applied as a Political Science major and now that I am in Berkeley, of course I am drawn to all the performance and theater classes. Ha ha. I guess it’s in my blood.

I miss Los Angeles so much. I think I am a Southern California girl at heart and I never even knew it. I have never before in my life missed anyplace before. A totally new experience for me.

In addition to missing home, I have come to realize that going to UC Berkeley is hard. I ended up with way too many units this semester, so I feel that all I do is study now. And even with all the studying I do, I feel that I am behind in everything a lot of the time. It makes me feel that life is hard. Going to a top school in the world makes Hollywood now seem somehow a lot easier as a life choice!

Hopefully things will get better: school will become easier, and magically I will get some extra time from somewhere. And I can’t wait to go back home to LA.

Oh, and Go Bears!

Why is Life so hard?

Commercial for La Quinta Resort in La Quinta

Commercial for La Quinta Resort in Palm Desert

In early April I shot a Commercial for La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, CA. I had a lot of fun shooting this commercial. The crew and the cast were some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. The director was fantastic Harry Karidis. See below what kind of relaxation you can get into at the Resort in La Quinta. Of course I’d like to go back there just for that: relaxation. Can’t wait for my next holiday now! Vacation here I come.

Here is a link to the commercial: https://youtu.be/d9yJcMrGyjI

Commercial for La Quinta Resort in La Quinta

 

Commercial for El Paseo in Palm Desert

Commercial for El Paseo in Palm Desert

Earlier this spring I did a Commercial for El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA. It was about summer fun in the shopping area of El Paseo. I had a lot of fun shooting this commercial. The crew and the cast were some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. The director was fantastic Harry Karidis. My favorite part was walking the two gorgeous poodles. They were such good dogs. Much easier to work with than my cats at home!

Here is a link to the commercial: https://youtu.be/hgd41UE9VWw

Commercial for El Paseo in Palm Desert

New Hope School in Siem Reap, Cambodia

New Hope School in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I visited the many awesome temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia, like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm (the Tomb Raider temple). While seeing these magical places I also visited another magical place called New Hope in Siem Reap. New Hope is a local NGO that provides free education to all children in the area. Their focus is teaching the local Khmer children English. I visited an English class and some of the students practiced their English with me. Some of them told me they want to become tour guides when they grow up, while others didn’t know yet what they wanted to do. Visiting the school was a rewarding experience and I’d recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

New Hope School in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Life as Joan Bishop

Life as Joan Bishop

Life as Joan Bishop makes me appreciate my life so much! Joan is the character I play in the movie Ribbons (directed by Elias Matar)Joan is a person whose life has thrown her around a bit too much, and she is a victim of her circumstances. Being Joan on set for hours on end is sort of draining but I have grown to love her and I miss her when I am not shooting.

Here is a photo of me as Joan doing stuff that Joan does. Really it grosses me out in real life, even just looking at the picture, but for Joan it’s everyday life.

Photo: Anna Easteden as Joan Bishop.

Life as Joan Bishop

Meet My Stunt Double

Meet My Stunt Double

This is the woman who took a big hit for me today: Tree O’Toole. She makes me look good! She is such a professional and I can’t wait to work with her again. The stunt coordinator on Ribbons is Chino Binamo and he has made the shoot so much fun. He is always joking around and has good stories to tell. They make a great team and I am happy to have them on my side. :)

Ribbons is directed by Elias Matar and written by Edward E. Romero.

Photo L-R: Anna’s sound double Tree O’Toole, stunt coordinator Chino Binamo and Anna Easteden (as Joan Bishop).

Meet My Stunt Double

Filming Ribbons

Filming Ribbons

Filming of the movie Ribbons has started out great. I have enjoyed playing a screwed up family with Brian Krause,  Haydyn Harvey and Patrick Hickman. The filming has been hard because we are filming all nights, it’s cold outside and on top of everything, I am still trying to make it to school during the day too. (Studying Political Science). But what can I say: I love it!

Ribbons is directed by Elias Matar and written by Edward E. Romero. Some of the other actors in the film are: Kym JacksonAldo GonzalezJulia Parker,

Photo: Anna Easteden (as Joan Bishop) with Hayden Harvey (as Rachel Bishop).

 

Filming Ribbons

Announcing Anna Easteden as Joan Bishop in Ribbons

Announcing Anna Easteden as Joan Bishop in Ribbons

I am happy to announce that I will be playing Joan Bishop in the movie Ribbons. Ribbons is directed by Elias Matar and written by Edward E. Romero. Some of the other actors in the film are: Brian Krause, Kym Jackson, Aldo Gonzalez, Julia Parker, Haydyn Harvey, and Patrick Hickman. Ribbons is about a wounded young soldier and a psychologically damaged girl who get caught in the crossfire between her estranged family and an Armenian hitman. The shooting will begin in April 2015 in Southern California.

Photo: Anna Easteden (as Joan Bishop) with director Elias Matar.

Announcing Anna Easteden as Joan Bishop in Ribbons

Anna Easteden at Charmaine Blake Ultra Gold Oscar Suite

Anna Easteden at Charmaine Blake Ultra Gold Oscar Suite

I attended Charmaine Blake‘s Ultra Gold Oscar Gifting Suite at the Mondrian Hotel on Thursday afternoon during the Oscar week of 2015. These events are always very exciting, seeing new products I haven’t heard of before. This year I got a gold toothbrush from Swiss Smile and some gold toothpaste that is gold colored and has gold particles in it. I haven’t tried them yet, but am looking forward to the experience. I also received jewelry from Samira Gem Creations among other things.

I wore an awesome top that has a metal cat emblem on it, that I purchased from a second hand store in Burbank years ago and a pair of True Religion jeans.

Anna Easteden at Charmaine Blake Ultra Gold Oscar Suite

Logitech THX Commercial with Anna Easteden

Logitech THX Commercial with Anna Easteden

I shot a Logitech THX Commercial a while back, and here it finally is!

My part of the commercial was shot in one day in a house in the Valley. I had a great fake husband. I got to watch a non-existent TV and get scared again and again and again. I think the director liked making me scared so much, that he did a few extra takes just for the fun of it, even though he didn’t need them. :) I loved it all though and wouldn’t change anything.

So here it is for everyone to see:

Logitech THX Commercial with Anna Easteden

Kenra Hair Color Ads with Anna Easteden

Kenra Hair Color Ads with Anna Easteden

Last year I modeled for some ads for Kenra, and now those ads are out! I love it when things turn out great. Very happy to see the beautiful hair in the photo. The hair color actually was awesome in real life too. I loved it and am thinking about coloring my hair to this shade of red again. The color is called “Desert Sunset” and it is part of the Horizons at Dusk Collection. My hair was colored by colorist extraordinaire Robb Dubre. Check out these awesome looks! Should I make my hair this shade of red again?

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Japanese Remake of Sideways with Anna Easteden

Japanese Remake of Sideways with Anna Easteden

You know how Americans sometimes make remakes of Japanese movies, like Godzilla or The Ring? Well, Japanese make remakes of American Movies too. And I acted in one of them a few years back. I recently noticed that the film is available on iTunes, so I wanted to post it here. You can see me in the film as an American character and I speak English in it, even though I would have been capable of speaking Japanese as well. The film was directed by Cellin Gluck, who I adore. The film is “Saidoweizu” (Sideways). The movie also features Rinko Kikuchi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Kyoka Suzuki and Katsuhisa Namase.

Here it is on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/saidoweizu-a.k.a.-sideways/id378983700

Japanese Remake of Sideways with Anna Easteden

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

 

Whenever I hear the name “Turks and Caicos”, I think of the Miss Universe pageant that I watched on TV when I was a kid and I heard “Miss Turks and Caicos” for the first time, and I remember thinking: what a weird name for a place! I still think it is a very unique name, and am glad to have now visited the place.

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Welcome to Grand Turk!

I spent a day in Grand Turk -island, which is only 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Tiny place really, so I honestly didn’t feel that I needed to spend more than a day exploring Grand Turk because of its small size. Turks and Caicos has bigger and more populated islands like Providenciales.

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

The Beach is super close to the Cruise Port.

The capital of Grand Turk is the town of Cockburn. I would really classify it as a village, because of its size – it’s small too! The island does have a high school, a two year college, a hospital and an airport that cater to the 5000 people living on the island. There are many nice looking small hotels and inns.

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Grand Turk -island is only 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.

I loved visiting the Lighthouse at the Northern most point of the island, it is a cool place to take photos, but you cannot go inside the lighthouse itself. I loved the wild donkeys that walk around the island, (and especially around the Lighthouse). I guess the donkeys aren’t exactly “wild” because they are used to humans and they let you pet them.

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Lighthouse at the Northern most point of the island with some of my donkey friends.

I also loved learning about the salt production that used to take place on Grand Turk (it doesn’t anymore). I am a huge lover of salt, and I would have loved it if salt production still too place here to taste some salt “as it is made”.

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Salt production on Grand Turk.

There is a beautiful beach right by the Cruise Ship port. The sea is beautiful turquoise and where you see the sea turn dark blue, is a 7000 ft. drop of the sea floor. The beach has a casino for gambling called Santa Maria Gaming Saloon, right next to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville that has swimming pools and a wakeboard pool, that are really fun.

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Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

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Beach in front of the Margaritaville and Santa Maria Gaming Saloon.

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Beach by the Cruise Port.

Turks and Caicos is the location where the United States Space Capsule from Mercury-Atlas 6 with Astronaut John Glenn splashed down. There is an exact size replica that you can see on the island.

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Replica of the United States Space Capsule from Mercury-Atlas 6 that Astronaut John Glenn splashed down in.

 

Babes in Toyland -Charity Evening at the W Hotel

Babes in Toyland -Charity Evening at the W Hotel

This is my second year in a row to attend Babes in Toyland -Charity Evening at the W Hotel in Hollywood in December. It had been raining all day the day before and it was rainy all day of the event too – but we all got lucky that the rain stopped for the duration of the event. The red carpet was outside on the W Hotel Courtyard, which would be quite different if it was raining!

I was happy to bring some gifts to boys and girls for the Holidays. My dress was orange, designed by Halston Heritage is named “Sweet Revenge Dress”.

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I Love Traveling

I Love Traveling

I have loved traveling my entire life. Growing up, I used to hate it when my parents went on vacation in the Mediterranean or the Canary Islands and left me at home. I wanted to go with them! One of my first over seas trips from Finland, where I grew up was to Playa De Las Americas on the island of Tenerife. I loved playing in the ocean and seeing sights and going all over the island. To my disappointment however, my parents are sunbathers and they just wanted to compare which one of them two was more tanned! LOL. I got to be the judge. Usually my dad won. :)

Now traveling on my own, I definitely am an explorer and often go out to see things that are unusual. So, I am starting this travel blog to review my  trips, country by country.

It is my goal one day to have visited every single country in the world. I think I am about a quarter way there right now.

Here I am in the gardens surrounding the Versailles, right outside of Paris, France.

I love traveling

Anna Easteden ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Anna Easteden ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Lots of people have been posting their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos. I was kind of hoping, I could slip through the cracks and not have to do this! LOL. But sure enough, I got challenged on video by someone from Finland. So, I had to accept and get drenched for a good cause. :)

I took the challenge on the beach in Santa Monica, CA. I challenged some of my fellow Finns: director Renny Harlin, ice hockey star Teemu Selanne and any/all members of band Night Wish. In addition I will be donation to ALS.org

Here in California we are experiencing a drought, so there isn’t enough water to go around for everyone, so I used ocean water for my challenge. Check out Water.org as well.

And finally, here is my video: http://youtu.be/0IkvW5u-3×8

Anna Easteden ALS Ice Bucket Challenge