Asta Paredes is a dynamic and multi-talented actress and filmmaker based in New York City. She is most well known for her lead role as CHRISSY in RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH VOL. 1 & 2. After a whirlwind tour (from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, International Theatrical Release, and recognition as a 2013 Museum of Modern Art CONTENDERS SERIES film)- she came home to being a mix of unexpected cult icon status, outspoken advocate for LGBT rights, and critical acclaim.
Her acting foundation was training at the prestigious University of Minnesota/ Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program as well as study in London at the Globe Theater, the London International School for Performing Arts, and with various teaching artists.
Thru her classical training she has appeared onstage in various roles including: the "Princess of France" in LOVE'S LABOURS LOST, 'Katerina' in SLAVS! and even originated the role of 'Ursa Minor' in TINY DISASTERS at the Dowling Studio in the Guthrie Theater.
After her move to NYC,she focused on her stagecraft appearing in several plays. One of these performances was in Jeffrey Baker's experimental THE PRETENDERS which played as part of the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator Short form series. Asta continued her training to study a bit at the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Training Center. Shortly after, she dove into a couple sketch comedy shorts working with friend/comedian Dave Herman including: BATTLESHIP PITCH MEETING and THE BARISTA.
In the Spring of 2014, Asta along with RTNH co-star Clay von Carlowitz, successfully raised funds thru Indiegogo to produce and star in a special two night performance of DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by John Patrick Shanley at the Robert Moss Theater directed by Meg Grujon.
In the summer of 2015, she married Clay von Carlowitz -who is not only her partner in life but the arts as well! Together they run Abandoned House Productions where Asta produces, directs, writes & of course acts. Through self produced work and outside collaborations she continues to keep busy with work from feature length films, shorts, modeling and more. Check out her RECENT NEWS Page for the latest...
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Favorite Color: Mint Green
Favorite Food: Olives
Favorite TV Show: Bojack Horsemen
Favorite Movie: Cinema Paradiso
Favorite Actor: Clay von Carlowitz (Michael Fassbender is a close second)
Favorite Actress: Penelope Cruz
Favorite Director: John Cassavetes
Favorite Singer: Nina Simone
Idols: Frida Kahlo, Federico Garcia Lorca, Prince & of course David Bowie.
To learn a great deal more, check out these interviews:
Villain Media Interview: Director Asta Paredes talks THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH
Playback:stl (Women in Horror) by Cait Lore
Modern Horrors- SOCIOPATHIA Interview by Jason Almenas
[Interview] Asta Paredes Talks “Sociopathia” and “Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol. II by Jorge Solis
FAN VOICE-Exclusive TROMATIC Interview: Asta Paredes & Catherine Corcoran by Fred Topel
WE GOT THIS COVERED: Interview- Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran by Matt Donato
BLOODY DISGUSTING- Interview: Asta Paredes talks RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH by Jorge Solis
INTERVIEW MAGAZINE: When TROMA Met MoMA by Kurt McVey
FANGORIA Q & A: Lloyd Kaufman and the cast of RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH by Ken Hanley