Katya Bakat is an actress and TV host who has several film and television projects in the works. She has a lead role in the fantasy magic film Empire Queen, playing the lead role of queen ‘Terra Winter.’ Next up, she stars in the romantic comedy, Honeymoon in Paradise, a film about a group of reality contestants looking for love and fame in Saint Lucia. Lastly, Katya finished filming for African Mystique, about a couple captured by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa. All three films are slated for release later in 2020.
Katya is better known for her covers L’Officiel Latvia and FHM Australia. She began modeling early, being signed by IMG Models at 14. She has since worked for Pacco Rabbana, Armani, Lanvin, L’Oréal, Bulgari Jewelry, Tony Ward Couture, Fernando Alberto Atelier, Lee+Lani Swimwear, and Forever Faded Denim.
After her establishing herself as a model, Katya began to gravitate towards acting and hosting. Katya has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She appeared in the mega-budget action feature film, Angel Has Fallen (Gerald Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Nick Nolte) and the pilot show, Shadow Wolves (Thomas Gibson).
Katya calls Los Angeles her home, leading an active lifestyle practicing yoga, boxing, and martial arts daily. When she isn’t working, Katya enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling. She has the advantage of speaking multiple languages, including English, Ukrainian, French, and Russian. Katya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar had a candid interview with Katya Bakat, Actress, TV host and Model where she talks about her workout, diet, hair & skin care secrets and about her exceptional achievements in the acting and modeling world.
You were born in Russia. You were discovered at the age of 14 years when you were walking with your mother on the streets of Saint Petersburg and a woman who was a scout told you to try modeling. There was going a casting for a model contest and Judges were representatives from IMG Models, who then signed you with IGM and you later left Russia to pursue your modeling career. This event in your life propelled your modeling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as a model and as an actress. Tell us more about this fairy tale journey?
Thank you for being familiar with my story, but I’d be exaggerating if I told you it was a fairy tale story. I’m truly grateful for having had chance to work all over the world, meet new people, work with amazing models, photographers, designers, agencies, makeup artists. Just some really talented people! But the thing is, it was a very hard path fraught with challenges, loneliness, disappointing, and refusal. You become adult at 15 years old. You have to take on responsibilities, makes choices, decide on priorities, rather than doing what other teens are doing. At the same time, it made me who I am today – responsible, reliable, disciplined and motivated.
You as an actress are working on several upcoming film and television projects. You recently appeared as a doctor in the big-budget action feature film, Angel Has Fallen and have a starring role in Honeymoon in Paradise. You have lead roles in the films Empire Queen and African Mystique, to be released soon. On the small screen, you have a lead role in the upcoming series Magic 7 and filmed for the pilot show, Shadow Wolves? Tell us more about your magical journey in the world of films?
I wanted to explore acting after modeling because I felt there was a fuller creative potential to explore. I wanted to show my emotions, different characters. I did a stint at the Lee Strasberg Film Institute and Theatre, which prepped me to jump into moving to LA to pursue my acting career. I’ve been pursuing this ever since.
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