Why did you want to become an actress?
Tanja: I was just going with the
flow of life. Things just happened. I was in high school and this friend of mine was taking summer courses in theater - it
sounded like fun so I went along one summer. Then some agents came to the show and wanted to sign me. I started going to auditions
Tell me about your new movie coming out - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Well, it was supposed to come out in February or March. But now it’s supposed to come out in the third quarter.
It’s with Val Kilmer and Robert Downy Jr. It’s a romantic, comedy, mystery. If that makes any sense. It’s
about Hollywood and Robert Downy Jr’s experiences... and there’s a murder... and he gets the girl. (laughs) I
play a "B" list actress who’s looking to forward her career.
Is it a pretty big part then?
Tanja: We’ll see. ‘Cause I’ve been there before - I think "it’s a big part"...
It’s definitely not a lead it’s more like supporting. But we’ll see.
You used to be a fitness instructor - do you still do that on the side?
Tanja: No, I don’t.
When I moved down here (L.A.) in 2000 - that’s when I gave it up. I was always able to do it in addition to working
- but when I moved I wasn’t able to work on anything else besides acting. The original visa I had was for acting only.
I still go to classes all the time.
Which one is harder - actress or instructor?
Being an actress is definitely harder. There’s so much more pressure. And a bigger responsibility. There’s definitely
responsibilities when you’re teaching classes, but the stakes are higher when performing in a movie or a TV show.
If you could cast a movie of your own - who would you cast?
Tanja: It depends
on what type of movie. I’d definitely include Sean Penn because I think he’s an amazing actor. I think it would
be a pleasure to work with him. And I also like Naomi Watts’ acting. She’s really talented. And then I’d
put me in there - I’d play Naomi Watt’s little sister. (laughs)
I also read that
you’d like to work with Pierce Brosnan - is that true? As a Bond girl?
because I’d love to do an action film. Something like Charlie’s Angels.
type of music do you listen to?
Tanja: I’ve always been a really big Tori Amos fan.
I really like Kate Bush too. And every now and then I like to rock out a little bit. (laughs) I like to listen to pretty fast
based music when I work out.
Do you think you’ve passed your goals and expectations
- or is there more you’d like to accomplish?
Tanja: I’m always wanting to accomplish
Did you ever think you’d get this far?
really have dreams not expectations. Because I don’t want to get disapointed. I always dreamed I would get this far,
but I have bigger dreams.
Do you have any other projects coming up?
I’m working on Bottom’s Up. It’s with Paris Hilton and Jason Mewes from Jay and Silent
Bob. It’s another Hollywood scene movie.