Asta Paredes is a dynamic & multi-talented actress based in New York City. She is most well known for her leading roles in Troma Entertainment's 'Return to Nuke Em High Vol 1 & 2' and eOne films release 'Sociopathia'. She has co-starred on Jennifer Lopez NBC cop drama: SHADES OF BLUE and has upcoming credits in THE SHADOW SCARF, EROS POINT and THE CREEPER’S CURSE.
Her feature debut, 'Return to Nuke Em High' (a two part event film) was an acclaimed re-imagining of the subversive 1986 cult classic 'Class of Nuke Em High'. 'Return to Nuke Em High Vol 1' was honored as a 2013 Museum of Modern Art CONTENDERS SERIES film . 'Return to Return to Nuke Em High AKA Vol 2' opened with a special Nuke Em High Day at the Museum of Moving Image. Asta's performance as "Chrissy" in this film garnered her critical acclaim including a Best Actress award win from the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival and Reaper Award nomination.
Asta's acting foundation was training at the prestigious University of Minnesota/ Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program as well as study at the Globe Theater, the London International School for Performing Arts, UCB Improv training center and with various teaching artists. Notably she has appeared onstage in Jeffrey Baker's experimental THE PRETENDERS , Elysium Theatre Collective's folk musical BOB MEETS BOB and Guthrie Theater's dark comedy 'TINY DISASTERS'.
Learning from her unique experience in independent cinema, Asta began working on projects at Abandoned House Productions along with frequent collaborator and husband Clay von Carlowitz. Under this banner, she completed her writer/directorial debut, short film, 'The Slightest Touch'. Paredes continues to star in as well as develop work seeking to entertain, educate, & elevate.
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Favorite Color: Mint Green
Favorite Food: Olives
Favorite TV Show: Shameless
Favorite Movie: Cinema Paradiso
Favorite Actor: Clay von Carlowitz
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
Review Fix Exclusive: Asta Paredes and Clay Von Carlowitz Talk The Slightest Touch And More
Modern Horrors- SOCIOPATHIA Interview by Jason Almenas
[Interview] Asta Paredes Talks “Sociopathia” and “Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol. II by Jorge Solis
Von Carlowitz and Paredes All in ‘The Deep Blue Sea’
Review Fix Exclusive: Asta Paredes and Clay Von Carlowitz Talk Troma, Love and ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’
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
Deadly Beauty: Horror’s Scream Queens And Rising Talent:
Asta Maria Paredes
Talking With The Dead: 13 Questions With Asta Maria Paredes