Jay Laga'aia

Jay Laga'aia


9/10/1963, Auckland, New Zealand

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Jay Laga'aia was born to Samoan parents in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 10, 1963. An avid fan of sport, especially rugby's All Blacks, Jay first wanted to be a rugby player; but being a performer at heart he instead pursued acting and has since become one of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In New Zealand, Jay is represented as an actor by the firm Johnson & Laird Management. In Australia, he's listed with Mark Morrissey & Associates.

    • During the filming of the Xena episode "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire" Jay and Renee O'Connor used to entertain each other by showing off their Solid Gold style dance moves.

    • In addition to being a skilled singer, Jay can also play the guitar and saxophone.

    • Jay was a Breakfast Radio co-host for Mai FM, during 2002. He was also the Breakfast Show DJ on Aotearoa Radio in the same year.

    • Star Wars co-star, and close friend, Temuera Morrison was best man at Jay's wedding when he married his wife, Sandie, on 16 August 1990.

    • Jay has been a presenter for children's show Playschool on the ABC, in Australia, since 2003.

    • Film Credits:

      2006 - Solo (Vincent)
      2005 - Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith (Captain Typho)
      2002 - Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones (Captain Typho)
      1988 - Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (Jay)
      1988 - Never Say Die (Bruce)

    • Jay and his family were surprised with a backyard makeover by Don Burke in an episode of the Australian TV show Burkes Backyard in 2004.

    • Jay hosted the Star Wars convention, Celebration III, a four-day event held in Indianapolis in April 2005.

    • Jay has five children; Matthew, Iosefa, Jessica and Georgia Rose with his wife Sandie while his eldest son, Jeremy, is from a previous relationship.

    • Jay is 6'1" (185cm) tall.

    • Nominated for Best Actor for his work on Street Legal at the New Zealand Television Awards in 2002.

    • Awarded Best Actor in a Television Series for Street Legal at the NZ TV Guide Awards in 2003.

    • Played the role of Mufasa on stage during the Sydney run of The Lion King in 2004/05

  • Quotes

    • Jay: (on leaving Australia's "Water Rats" for NZ's "Street Legal") I came back here because I believed in the project and I wanted to get scared again. I have faith and respect for the producers and the writer and director. But most of all I was sick and tired of hearing myself whinge: 'Am I good enough, am I this or am I that?' So it was either put up or shut up.

    • Jay: (on his reaction to Lucy's Xena costume) Lucy was still trying to get used to her costume, so we did the rehearsals wearing robes. So the first take was the first time I'd seen her in the full outfit, and when the door opened I just stood there and went 'Hmmm... I know I have to stand here and say something, but how about ... WOW!' The director was laughing in the background and said 'Cut, we'll go again...' But I was totally gobsmacked. Lucy looked absolutely stunning, and it was an image that's been implanted in my brain ever since.

    • Jay: (on his philosophy for playing the villain Draco on "Xena") I wanted Draco to have the face of Tom Cruise and the mask of Hannibal Lecter, a combination that made him like honey on steel - it was sweet, but if you licked it you would cut your tongue. So Draco was this barbarian who you just didn't want to cross, because he would much rather clean his knife in your innards than have to talk and reason with you!

    • (on having an action figure made of his Star Wars Character, Captain Typho) Jay: They stood us on these four-poster tables and they scanned us. Next thing you know, I received a toy of my character. I'm a Barbie girl now.

    • (on being a part of the Star Wars franchise)
      Jay: To be part of the legend, I was gobsmacked. I was scared but, at the same time, excited just to see familiar things like R2-D2 and C-3PO. And when George Lucas introduced himself, you just sat there and went, 'I don't know what to call him. Your Majesty?' In the end, I just went, 'G'day.'

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