Mar. 17th, 1975
Smithers, British Columbia, Canada
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Gina Holden (born March 17, 1975) in the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia, where her first performance took place at a figure skating exhibition at age five. She has been at home on center stage ever since. As a precocious and outgoing child Gina performed in all her school plays and talent shows.
Through most of these early years, as she moved around with her mom and older brother, her first love was dance. Whether ballet, tap, modern, or musical theatre, Holden was immersed in dance performance. As the classical ballet training developed her unrelenting work ethic, it wasn't long before Holden's love of performance began to shape itself into something resembling a career.
At the age of fifteen, Holden was scouted by a modeling agency and shipped to Japan. Embracing the move with both hands, Holden schooled herself on the culture and language and the country quickly became her second home.
Professionally, Japan was a major break. Holden became the face of Shiseido cosmetics and appeared on upwards of twenty magazine covers. But modeling was never Holden's passion. While her talent and drive gave her a taste of success, modeling was ultimately a stepping stone to bigger things, in another medium.
On returning to North America, Holden went back to school, where she continued to study Japanese and graduated from college at the top of her class. Then, while working two jobs, Holden took acting classes to develop her stage skills. It was during these years that she faced a lot of naysayers, a lot of people telling her, "No, you can't". In spite of - or perhaps because of - this type of pessimism, Holden was determined to become an actor. "Oh really? Just watch me!" was her response.
Continuously driven and fiercely independent, Holden has managed to achieve big things without buying into the trappings of show business. In a world that revolves around money, fame, and image, Holden has found success and happiness through sheer will and commitment to her craft. She also finds fulfillment volunteering with less fortunate people - Holden has worked with physically and mentally challenged adults and is currently developing an online support group for bullied teen girls, assisting them foster confidence and self esteem.
Despite a list of personal achievements that includes starring roles in prime time TV shows and in feature films (big budget and indie), Gina continues to work hard to achieve bigger and better things. She continues to study theatre and classical ballet, and, surrounded by loving friends and family, she is always looking ahead. And up!
- Considers Japan her second home and has a love of the culture. Speaks, reads and writes Japanese.
- Favorite movies are "Running on Empty" "Dog Fight" and "Good Will Hunting" Favorite comedies are "Planes Trains and Automobiles" and "Old School".
- Favorite songs are "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor and "Won't back down" by Tom Petty & the Hearbreakers.