When a new animated preschool series debuts on Nickelodeon USA next week, one voice might be familiar to some local viewers in Bernards Township, New Jersey!
Samantha Hahn, an 18-year-old aspiring actress who grew up in The Hills development, will be the voice of Trinket in Nickelodeon's Nella the Princess Knight, premiering Monday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. (ET/PT).
Nella is a princess who transforms into a knight. She goes on fantastical adventures with her friends, Sir Garret, Trinket and Clod, to fight for what’s right.
Trinket is Nella’s unicorn and best friend, and is by her side for all her adventures.
Hahn auditioned in New York about a year ago for several of the show’s parts. She was called to back to do Trinket, “which was the part I was very passionate about,” she told Bernardsville News.
“I actually screamed when I heard I got it,” said Hahn, who sounds younger than her years. “I was so excited.”
Hahn has been acting since childhood. The daughter of Paul and Judy Hahn, she trained at Annie’s Playhouse School of the Performing Arts in Far Hills, and in late 2015 made her professional debut originating the role of Marigold in Nancy Holson’s Nutcracker! The Musical.
Academically, she received her high school degree last year from Fusion Academy Morristown and is now a freshman majoring in musical theater at Manhattan School of Music.
Her pursuit of voice-over roles was almost by happenstance. “A lot of people said I should get into it because my voice is very unique,” Hahn said.
Voice-overs are a form of acting, and “it’s really fun,” she added. “The emotions and the energy really comes out with that.”
Trinket’s character was appealing because “she is a loyal friend and bubbly and fun,” she said.
Hahn is also a published author. Last year, she wrote and illustrated a children’s book, Goofsville, which features seven stories about a town that is built upside down. The book is sold at The Bookworm in Bernardsville and is carried at the Clarence Dillon Public Library in Bedminster Township.
“I’ve always loved Dr. Seuss-type things, and I got the idea for an upside down town,” Hahn said. “It’s cool to see all of my work put together.”
“I would love to write more,” she said, but “acting is my passion. I love musical theater performing, and I want to be on Broadway someday.”
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