Going by the name Nikki Hahn, San Antonio Texas native Sofia Nicole Hahn is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a model, having been a feature of campaigns for Gap, and an actress with roles in CSI: Miami and American Horror Story among others, she’s also a gifted musician with plans to release her own music in future.
A passionate advocate of both children’s and animal charities, she dedicates much of her spare time to good causes, using her celebrity status to benefit those less fortunate than herself. Now, with a future looking brighter than ever and with dreams of one day starring in a certain movie franchise, she kindly agreed to this interview to chat social media and starring roles.
PW: What did you want to be when you were younger and could you have ever imagined you'd have the career that you do now?
Nikki Hahn: As long as I could remember I have wanted to be an actress because I was the type of kid who liked to play dress up a lot. I also didn't know that it would turn into a career; I just loved working on sets and I loved studying for roles!
PW: You've modeled for Disney campaigns and Gap, among others. How did you get into modeling and is it something you continue to do?
NH: I started modeling when I was 3 and since it was for Disney, I thought it was a lot of fun so I continued modeling for years after that. Today I still model but not as often because of my acting career. The last modeling job I did was for Justice's spring/summer campaign and I really loved it!
PW: When and why did you decide to move into acting? Was there one actress or actor in particular you admired, or a film/TV series you saw that made you think 'I want to give that a go?'
NH: Acting just happened naturally. I first began modeling, then working on commercials, and by age 5 my agent sent me to audition for "CSI: Miami" - my first TV audition ever - so that I could get experience auditioning for TV roles, and I ended up booking the job. I guess acting was my thing because my career started to blossom after that.
PW: Can you recall your first audition and what it was for?
NH: Yes, it was for a Disney's Cinderella Doll commercial. I booked it and got to be Cinderella!
PW: Were you a fan of American Horror Story before you landed the part of Jenny Reynolds in the Asylum episode "Origins of Monstrosity?"
NH: I have always loved scary stories and Halloween, but my parents never let me watch "American Horror Story". I auditioned for it because I wanted to play a villain. It was a great experience, and I had a lot fun going through all of the special effects cabinets. Ms. Jessica Lange and Lily Rabe were great mentors!
PW: What do you think is it about that show that makes it such a fan favourite?
NH: The horror film genre has always attracted a huge fan following and Ryan Murphy's storytelling is extremely original and brilliant.
PW: Aside from modeling and acting, you're also a keen singer and you play the guitar. Are there plans in the pipeline for you to release some music?
NH: I've been working on cover songs lately, and releasing original material is definitely something that I'd like to pursue in the future.
PW: You're also an avid supporter of children and animal charities. Is that something fairly new or have you been so for quite a while?
NH: Yes, I have been supporting children and animal charities for years. I love to sing, so during Christmas each year I try to attend the Britticares event at the LA Children's Hospital to sing to the children.
PW: What advice would you give to anyone looking to make it in the entertainment business? Is there anything you wish you'd been told when you first started out?
NH: Make sure you're in it because you love it, not just because you want to be famous.
PW: With so many passions, what do you do in your down-time?
NH: I enjoy being with my family, hanging out with friends, having pool parties, roasting smores and rescuing kittens.
PW: What are your thoughts on social media and would you agree that it's a necessary tool for individuals in the public eye? How has it impacted your career?
NH: Yes and no. Some people think it's necessary to build up a fan base in order to get work, and it may be true in some fields such as in modeling. I use it because it's fun to interact with my fans, however, I've been working professionally as an actress in the entertainment industry since I was 3 years old and it had nothing to do with social media numbers because I didn't have any social medial accounts, so I don't rely on it.
PW: Are there any other plans in the pipeline you can tell us about?
NH: Right now I'm just enjoying my summer and, as far as I know, I'm going to keep doing what I love and see what other adventures come my way.
PW: Finally then, what's your ultimate goal in life? At what point would you be able to say 'I've done all I wanted to, and then some?'
NH: I would love to be cast in a Star Wars movie. That would be epic!