introducing: momona tamada

Hello, party line? It’s 2020 and it’s calling to say that Claudia Kishi has like totally arrived. And if you didn’t know, you can also text her now. *gasp* So like, Netflix bingers may be familiar with our next feature – from the worldwide hit movie, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You playing the younger version of the (also-very-iconic-and-beloved-fellow-Asian-icon) Lara Jean. Here is The Baby-Sitters Club‘s Claudia Kishi – rising star Momona Tamada.

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asienne: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received for playing Claudia?

Momona Tamada: I know that something that people were talking about was that they were a little bit worried about the casting because the series is so iconic.

Rising Star: In just one year, Momona Tamada has already worked with the likes of Lana Condor and Alicia Silverstone

Rising Star: In just one year, Momona Tamada has already worked with the likes of Lana Condor and Alicia Silverstone | photo by: Karolina Turek

But all the amazing compliments are from fans saying: ‘The cast of this show is amazing,’ or ‘You play the perfect Claudia!‘ It’s something that makes me really happy and I’m glad that they’re getting (this show) and really seeing The Baby-Sitters Club being brought to life.

a: It’s historic and iconic! So, congratulations!

MT: Thank you!

a: How would you describe your fashion style compared to Claudia?

MT: Well, Claudia is a definite fashion icon (giggles).

Written in the Stars: As a Natalie Portman fan, who do you think Momona Tamada wants to work with next?

Written in the Stars: As a Natalie Portman fan, which (other) Gemini icon do you think Momona wants to work with next? | photo by: Karolina Turek

I will say that I’ve always been into fashion but before playing Claudia I think my style was very into comfortable clothes and dancer clothes. I was always wearing sports clothes. But after being on set at the BSC, my personal style has definitely expanded from that experience.  

I think all the girls having their unique styles has opened my mind to new clothes and maybe to think a little bit more outside of the box with what I usually wear. 

a: What 80s and 90’s thing do you wish still existed today?

MT: Oh! The iconic phone in the BSC. The second we all saw it, we all went (gasps) and thought, ‘This is incredible!’

a: As a ballet dancer, what is your favorite song to perform ballet to?

MT: Oh, there’s so many! I’m not sure of the names of some of them but I mean, we do variations. I like the Sugar Plum Fairy. A lot. I got to perform in The Nutcracker which was just such an honor. And there was this other one, I think it’s called The Lilac Fairy. I really like that variation. It’s very pretty (giggles).

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a: And you also like to bake in your spare time, right? What is your favorite thing to bake?

MT: I love to bake!

Multitalented Icon in the Making: She's not only an award-winning dancer but she also bakes and decorates cakes!
Multitalented Icon in the Making: She’s not only an award-winning dancer but she also bakes and decorates cakes! | photo courtesy: Momona Tamada

Oh man, I mean, I feel like the options are totally endless. My favorite has always been cakes and decorating cakes. I found a bunch of pictures from when I was maybe six when I decorated my first cake and it was this duck cake. 

I just always liked decorating cakes. And I think it’s a fun way to be creative and  artsy which is something that I’ve always loved to do. And then, of course, you get to eat it afterwards which is, of course, the best part.

a: Did you have to learn all the baking and cake decorating, or did you find out all about that on your own?

MT: My mom was always baking and I watched her bake and when I was little I just loved baking. I took baking lessons and I watched baking YouTube videos every single day for just hours and hours. It’s one of my favorite hobbies for as long as I can remember pretty much. 

a: I also heard you’re a huge fan of Natalie Portman.

MT: Yes!

a: What is your favorite Natalie Portman movie?

MT: I would say – I mean she has so many incredible ones. I did like The Professional. I liked that one a lot because she was around my age (there). She was just so amazing in that movie even at such a young age.

a: On working on To All The Boys: Did Lana Condor give you any advice on acting or life in general?

MT: I didn’t get to talk to her a ton. I will say that just being around her I learned that she’s such a humble person and she’s so kind to everyone she meets. And I think having a chance to work with so many amazing and experienced actors, you learn different things from them and even just watching them act is a huge blessing.

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Strike a Pose: Momona  is def. as fashionable as her TV alter ego, Claudia Kishi

Strike a Pose: Momona is def. as fashionable as her TV alter ego, Claudia Kishi | photo by: Karolina Turek

a: On your Asian heritage: Would you consider yourself to be more Japanese or Canadian, or equally both?

MT: I think because I was born in Canada and I do speak English a bit more than Japanese, I would say Canadian. But I do celebrate a bunch of Japanese traditions with my family and my family friends. I’m still very connected to my Japanese roots for sure.

a: Lastly, who is someone you really want to work with next?

MT: Oh! I feel that I’d love to work with Awkwafina! She’s like so hilarious right? And it’s just something about her that I find so interesting to just watch. And that would be so fun!

a: That would be amazing!

MT: That would be crazy!

The first season of The Baby-Sitters Club is now streaming on Netflix.

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This is officially part eight of asienne’s anniversary special. Parts one through seven are found @ our brand new youtube (@ asienne mag) with some special guests from both coasts and some very special #throwback(s) aka recently unlocked and released archives of interviews dating back to the summer of last year *GASP*. Sooooooo, for all the latest updates, subscribe to our youtube and follow us on insta @ asienne.mag and twitterverse @ asienne_mag. XO💞

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