Actress Tanna Frederick hails from Iowa, where she graduated from University of Iowa as Valedictorian of her Liberal Arts graduating class and president of Phi Beta Kappa.
Frederick most recently starred opposite Noah Wyle in Henry Jaglom’s romantic comedy “Queen of the Lot.” She played Maggie Chase, as actress desperate to claw her way off the B-list of action films into major movie stardom.
Betty Jo Tucker of ReelReviews.com said of the chemistry between Frederick and Wyle, “their ‘opposites attract’ banter reminds me of old-time movie couples like Tracy and Hepburn. And their onscreen chemistry is undeniable.” Frederick won Best Actress at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival for her role.
Last year, Frederick starred in “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway” at the Edgemar. Suffused with a near-Chekhovian mix of the wistful and the melancholy, playwright Henry Jaglom's world premiere comedy explored the complex emotional lives of theater folk. The play will be released as a feature film later this year starring Frederick and Judd Nelson.
Frederick's performance in her first feature with Jaglom, “Hollywood Dreams,” earned her Best Actress kudos at the Montana International Film Festival and the Fargo Film Festival, and propelled the film to Best Picture honors at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival and to Best Comedy at WorldFest Houston.
She was named Method Fest’s “Performer to Watch” and has also received the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s “Maverick” Award.
Off-screen, Frederick has proved just as driven and talented. A fitness aficionado who runs daily, Frederick recently ranked 52nd out of 1,321 women in her division in the LA Marathon in 2010.
She is an expert at Tae Kwon Do and a passionate surfer. She founded “Project Save Our Surf,” an annual surfing event that benefits various ocean charities. She is also founder of the Iowa Film Festival, which debuted successfully four years ago and has tripled in size.
Tanna took time out to share her "Top Ten" list with Monsters and Critics, where we ask celebrities what impacted them for better or worse, for 2011:
Toddlers and Tiaras
Nine month olds competing for their ‘First Grand-Supreme Supremie of all the Supremes’? There’s nothing wrong with that at all…nothing at all. There’s nothing wrong little girls being turned into ‘prostitots’ then ‘chitten-out’ on the runway while the camera crew gets their fathers saying tearily, ‘I think baby’s growin’ up a bit fast’. I’m pitching TLC the next big spinoff : Zygots and Tierras.
Texas Hold 'em
The guy who asked for too much food in Texas. Two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread cost the rest of death-row inmates a last choice of meal. They now have to eat the same thing as everyone else for their last meal.
Third World Poverty. Kardashian Wedding. Third World Poverty. Kardashian Wedding. Third World Poverty. The money spent on Kim Kardashian's wedding would pay for 40000 girls in the developing world to go to school for an entire year...
Ground Control to Major Tom
The huge defunct Satellite which fell to Earth and was moving really fast and was as big as a bus no one know where it would land. And even though it was as big as a bus, we ‘think’ it may have landed in the Pacific, but are not quite sure. Let’s cut more space programs, shall we?
Gender imbalance in China. Girls night out in Beijing!!!!
Granted, this clip mutilated a clip from ‘The Underdog’, a brilliant film everyone should watch, but it pretty much sums up the fury and the panic and fear and terror of Los Angelenos for the three months leading up to the shutdown of the 405.
My favorite movie of 2011:
Limitless. Genius concept. Is that the future of pharmaceuticals? Is this the current state of affairs of pharmaceuticals? Was this pharmaceuticals from twenty years ago and the test subjects are walking among us attempting to run the country (Michele Bachmann?)
Obama’s Health Care Coverage for tens of millions of Americans that didn’t have it before. Including 900,000 Americans between the ages of 19 and 25 who previously were without.
This is my favorite skit of all of 2011. Probably because someone like this reviewed one or more of my movies. “Biiiiittttcccchhhhhhhhhhhh plllllleeeeeaaaaasssssseeeaaaassseeeeeeeeee…….”
Richard Muller, leading Global Warming skeptic, says, ‘Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’ and Global Warming exists.