FASHIONABLE DIALOGUES: AESHA WAKS
Aesha was a guest star on WOR-TV’s Romper Room at age 5 and sang the national anthem at Shea Stadium for the NY Mets at age 7. While getting her diploma from LaGuardia H.S. as a drama major, she was also a professional choreographer and world tour dancer. After graduating from NYU and getting a full scholarship to the Steinhardt School, Waks submitted a paper. This paper was turned into a book The Model Body, a health and fitness work she wrote while she was getting over borderline anorexia.
An award-winning actress, she starred in Arresting Gena opposite Sam Rockwell, The Money Shot opposite Stephen Lang and worked alongside Jon Cryer in Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five. Additional TV co-star credits includes Fox's Gotham ABC's CityKids, FOX's New York Undercover and NBC's Third Watch. Aesha has also been working on a self-entitled fashion line and a graphic novel titled Jane with the Nerdy Duo and Andre´ Joseph. Forget triple threat (we've lost count), this multi-level, mulit-dimensional woman hosted of the first Women & Fashion FilmFest ever!
Aesha Waks & John Cryer in Went to "Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five"
WFF: How did you start your career in acting?
Aesha Waks: My career in acting started when I was just a child doing walk on parts on Romper room and singing the national anthem at Shea stadium with my schools. I feel like a caught the entertainment bug back then and have been sick with it ever since. Its beyond me, it drives me, I’m fully addicted and don't want to recover!
Aesha Waks & Ace Frehley in "Remedy"
WFF: Tell me about you experience last year interviewing the guests on the red carpet for last year’s inaugural Women & Fashion FilmFest.
Aesha Waks: My experience on the red carpet last year interviewing our choices, was one of the biggest honors I could imagine having in the fashion industry today. Heather Matarazzo, whom I have worked with as an actress in my film, “Arresting Gena”, was a pleasure to interview, for her style and dedication to her causes. Maggie Norris was one of my favorite interviews. Her up close and personal look, allowed her fans to get a great sense of her style and wonderful light that emotes from her stunning soul.
WFF: Who are your biggest influences in fashion, past or present?
Aesha Waks: My biggest influences in fashion started young with my mom and her pink hair! Then Madonna who influenced me so deeply that I actually felt compelled to walk through the halls of my school dressed as her in concert. That had caused a bit of trouble yet I don’t think anyone will ever forget me! Actresses like Mischa Barton, Mary-Kate Olsen, Kate Moss and Brigit Bardot have all influenced me as well as David Bowie. Cocoa Chanel is such a big influence on me that I even have her symbol tattoo on my back. My current day influence is Patricia Field. My all-time favorite is Maggie Norris for bringing us back to better times style wise.
WFF: Any advice for the newbies in the entertainment/fashion world?
Aesha Waks: I love doing music, now that my band broke up with my ex- fiancé, Liam McMullan, I have formed 2 other bands. One is hip-hop with Chris Northrop aka Bleach and my brother Geffen Waks. The other is my rock band, “Dirty Rice” with Jessica Brown. For those entering the biz, know what you’re giving up to get in. Stay positive and work hard. With fashion in particular, my redesign line, I have produced myself and feel my part time jobs to fund my own projects, have proven more beneficial than any scheme one may concoct.