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Gina was born in Wellington, New Zealand to a Greek father and a Kiwi mother. At age two her parents relocated to Athens, her father's hometown. These two very different landscapes and cultures were the backdrop of Gina's life in equal parts as the family moved back and forth between them. At age ten both her parents made a radical career change and started a small production company, producing Greek themed historical/political documentaries for the international market. All throughout her teens Gina was actively involved in each stage of production from research, to the shoot (on location in Greece) and the edit. It was here, in the dimly lit editing suite, at age fourteen that Gina knew she had to be part of storytelling - in what capacity she hadn't quite decided. She was encouraged by her mother to do a year at a performing arts school at age fifteen but convinced her calling was screenwriting as soon as she finished high school in NZ Gina headed for New York City. She took writing and acting classes and acted in numerous short films her friends were making.

After a 6 month stint she returned to New Zealand and straight off the plane auditioned for and landed a 2 Episode guest role on the final season of Xena Warrior Princess. After a couple more television credits adventure called again and this time it was Rome. Gina had been accepted into an acting workshop with a bunch of warm and eccentric Italian TV & film actors, all wanting to train in English. Rome and the Italians suited Gina's Mediterranean sensibilities and she stayed a year taking acting classes and immersing herself in Italian culture.

She again returned to New Zealand and dedicated the next four years to building her resume. Gina worked on many of the films and TV shows produced there including Power Rangers and the gritty NZ drama The Market which was adored by fans. After narrowly missing out on lead roles in three feature films she decided it was time for a break and a little bit of living. Gina flew to Athens to reconnect with her Greek roots and eventually settled in London where life swept her in a completely different direction and she started a business in the Events Industry. The recession of 2008 hit London hard and the immense strain of being an entrepreneur during this time didn't suit her at all. Storytelling was calling her back and she eventually cut her losses and shut up shop in London. No sooner had she landed back in Athens she was put in touch with the movers and shakers of the Greek Film Industry, booking roles in two feature films. She had somehow, unwittingly found her way back to the industry she adored.

For Christmas 2010 her father bought her a ticket back to New Zealand to visit her mother and brother. Having no idea how fortuitous this trip would be she headed Down Under. It was there that a call came from English director Paul Campion, he was looking for an actress to play the lead in his first feature film The Devil's Rock. A huge fan of all things fantasy and horror, Gina met with Paul and the legendary Richard Taylor in the depths of the Weta Cave in Wellington. She nailed the 3 hour audition and was offered the role of Helena/Demon the very next morning. In a matter of days her beloved Athens fell into crisis. The city exploded into rioting as the country's economy collapsed. The plug was pulled on projects Gina was set to do back in Greece and it seemed New Zealand was the right place to be. She then accepted a 4 month role on New Zealand's long running hospital drama, Shortland Street, finishing just in time for The Devil's Rock shoot.

Gina now lives in Sydney and is about to embark on her biggest adventure to date as she follows the widely anticipated The Devil's Rock around the Fantasy/Horror festival circuit of Europe.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A Fan

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