Iana Grace, known online as Fawnchild, is a multifaceted talent from New Zealand, recognized for her work in theatre, television, and her advocacy on mental health and representation of Pacific Islanders in the media. An alumnus of the University of Auckland, Iana has already made a mark on Kiwi theatre and television by the age of twenty-one, participating in Auckland Theatre Company's annual youth festival, Next Big Thing, in 2016.
Iana identifies as feminine non-binary agender and has been vocal about the challenges agender individuals face, particularly in New Zealand. This aspect of her identity has significantly influenced her creative output, leading her to write a play titled "The Pronoun Game," which addresses the themes of gender binaries and the struggles of agender people.
In addition to her theatre work, Iana has gained popularity for her role on New Zealand's beloved TV show "Shortland Street," where she played a troubled teen, a role that still earns her recognition on the streets. Her passion for theatre remains undiminished, with notable performances in productions such as "The Maid's Tragedy" and "The Revenger's Tragedy".
Beyond the stage and screen, Iana is an advocate for mental health, drawing inspiration from characters like Jupiter from Sailor Moon, who embodies female friendship, confidence, strength, and independence. Her personal interests extend to cosplay, veganism, and animal welfare, showcasing her commitment to living her values. Iana is also an enthusiastic advocate for the representation of Pacific Islanders in mainstream media, sharing her perspectives alongside fellow actor Nicole Whippy.
With a strong presence on social media, including Instagram and TikTok, Iana Grace continues to inspire and engage with a wide audience, sharing her journey as an artist, advocate, and influencer. Her work both on and off the screen and stage makes her a prominent figure in advocating for inclusivity, mental health awareness, and the rich cultural representation of Pacific Islanders in New Zealand's entertainment industry.
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