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Actress Tasya Teles: Her Journey to Acting Success and Her Style Secrets

Actress Tasya Teles: Her Journey to Acting Success and Her Style Secrets

Actress Tasya Teles, star of the hit show The 100 on Netflix, shares interesting details about growing up in Canada and going to college for a degree in something very different from acting. Tune in to hear how she got into acting, her style secrets, an amazing story about running into a super fan, and details about her life today.

More about Tasya:

Tasya Teles played a recurring role on DirecTV's Rogue and was a series regular on The CW's The 100 in the role of Echo. She has appeared on Showcase's Continuum, Lifetime's Witches of East End, USA Network's Rush, BBC America's Intruders and The CW's Supernatural and iZombie. Teles has also been featured in the Lifetime television film Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, as well as having had a lead role in the Lifetime movies Damaged and Autumn Dreams. She has worked on several indie features, including starring roles in Leila, Regret, Magdalena, Eat Me and Skin Trade. She also voices Sitaraa in the video game Watch Dogs 2

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The Katz Walk is a production of Evergreen Podcasts. A special thank you to Executive Producer Gerardo Orlando, Producer Leah Longbrake and Audio Engineer Dave Douglas.

Joe Katz:
Hi you guys I'm Joe Katz and welcome to The Katz Walk. I have got an amazing guests today. I've got Tasya Teles, she is in the show The CW 100. It's an absolutely great show. She is so radiant, so beautiful, you have to tune in and see her. She tells us some great stories about meeting up with a very funny, funny fan. Some of her favorite fashion tips, a lot of things she hasn't shared with her fans yet are all in this episode so stay tuned. Tasya Teles is here thank you so much Tasya I'm so glad that you are able to join us, now you're based where? Are you in New York?

Tasya Teles:
I was intending on moving back to New York, but I'm in Mexico. I got stuck here.

Joe Katz:
You're in Mexico.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. I'm in Mexico, I'm in Tulum. So I'm going to wait until it gets a little warmer and then I'm going to head back to New York. I'm hoping.

Joe Katz:
Cool. But home for you is Canada, that's where you grew up.

Tasya Teles:
I grew up in Canada. I hopped across from Vancouver to Montreal. I was born in Toronto. So I spent my life between those cities, but I've also spent time in New York and in LA and Miami as well around the states.

Joe Katz:
You're a gypsy all over yes, yes, yes. So when you were growing up, what did you feel like you... Did you always think, "I wanted to be an actress," or because I heard you wanted to get into other things was it accounting?

Tasya Teles:
I always wanted to be an actor. I just didn't think it was going to be like an actual... I didn't think it was like an actual job. I was like this is too glorious and too much fun to be a real job, jobs are work, they should be grueling and not fun.

Joe Katz:
Right. Right.

Tasya Teles:
And I love being an artist, but it didn't seem like a possibility for me. And my parents wanted me to go in a certain direction. They were encouraging engineering and computer science and things that I at the time was like, "I have no idea what this is." So I was like, "I'm going to go to university." I decided I was going to go into finance into business. Because I thought when I do become a big artist, whatever that means, at least I'll know how to take care of my money. If that's the worst thing that could happen if I take this as my, as my degree. But man, it was tough. It was tough times. It was like-

Joe Katz:
It was tough times. You mean when you were going to school or growing up?

Tasya Teles:
Like an artist in finance.

Joe Katz:
An artist in finance. Of course.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. It was a clash of worlds. I was like-

Joe Katz:
Oh. My God.

Tasya Teles:
... what am I doing here?

Joe Katz:
Did you actually go through college in study finance?

Tasya Teles:
And then I had like a semester or two left and I took an acting class as a easy A, I was like, "I love this. I need something a little lighter to balance me out because I'd been spending these horrifically long nights in the library doing maths over and over and over and over and over again."

Joe Katz:
Wow.

Tasya Teles:
And so I took this acting class and I was just like, "Bing." Right away. I just felt like I was seeing the world in color. I walked out of the theater and I called my mom and I said, "Mom, I'm going to become an actress. This is amazing. I'm so alive right now." And she goes, "Oh Jesus Tasya, anything but that," kind of thing.

Joe Katz:
Wow.

Tasya Teles:
But so we made a agreement. She was like, "Just finished your degree. You're so close to the end." So I did. And then I kind of started all over again when I was 24, 25 I started exploring acting.

Joe Katz:
Wow. Oh, so you graduated, you could actually do my taxes.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. I would love to.

Joe Katz:
I would rather hang out with you than you do my taxes.

Tasya Teles:
Me too.

Joe Katz:
Wow. That's amazing. That's so cool.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. Yeah.

Joe Katz:
You're like a live big personality I couldn't imagine. For me I know school, "Ah." But for you to do accounting or just finance it's like, "Wow, that's amazing." Was this all in Canada that you were going to school college?

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. It was in Montreal, which is a great university town.

Joe Katz:
And how did you get over to then to acting? Did you go back to college or you went to a private acting school or?

Tasya Teles:
I did a six month intensive and I was lucky and then I'd fly to LA... So I flew back to Vancouver. I was going to study acting in Toronto or Vancouver, but my mom fell ill at the time so I went back to Vancouver, which I was very resistant to because I felt like I went to high school there.

Tasya Teles:
I didn't want to go back to Vancouver, I wanted to go to New York like Toronto, or just I wanted to be in a bigger city. But I went back to Vancouver and I did that a few six month intensives. I gave myself three years of studying, I treated it like a degree. And then I would fly and do workshops in LA. I would save all my money and I would fly to these workshops with big teachers. And they really drilled into me the importance of being a regimented technical actor and the importance of theater and stuff.

Joe Katz:
And what kind of acting did you study? Was it like Meisner or Stanislavski or?

Tasya Teles:
All of it? I was so excited. It was the first time in my life that I didn't feel like I was working. I would sit there just watching, everything about acting I find it so mystifying and magical, I just was just the happiest student ever. So I've trained across all sorts of different disciplines.

Joe Katz:
That's cool so then how did it go Tasya from you going from the school and then what was your first role?

Tasya Teles:
Oh, man. That's a story and a half.

Joe Katz:
We want to know. We want to know.

Tasya Teles:
Grab your seat belt guys.

Joe Katz:
Hear we go buckle up, buckle up.

Tasya Teles:
You can do all the theater you want, but if you don't know how to land an audition, you're not going to get the job in the first place. So there was a lot of-

Joe Katz:
Exactly right.

Tasya Teles:
... audition, camera, technique. So I really, really, really think that's an important one for people who are beginning to build their acting business is that they understand how to prepare a proper audition. And now that there's no casting rooms, it's like we're all stuck at home trying to figure out how to operate the camera and use it properly. But at the time people weren't spending much time doing that, and so I would say, "That's a big one." But I just studied audition technique like crazy. And I wanted to make sure I was really, really prepared for the first time I walked into the casting room because I wanted to be like, "Boom, here I go."

Tasya Teles:
And so I waited and I waited and I was patient, I was patient. And I waited until I remember I was in audition technique class. And I remember I started getting like really bored and I could kind of... I felt like I had filled my head... I was almost at a point where I was like, "I can go out to the room now. I kind of know all there is to know I think right now at this stage, so I'm going to try it out." And I went to do my first audition and I remember they said you have to be comfortable in the nude. And I'm like if you met my parents you would be like, we're like nudists. We just would growing up we just like hippies, walking around naked, eating almonds.

Joe Katz:
Really.

Tasya Teles:
It was a very hippie-ish house. So I was like, "Yeah, totally fine with that." But then I was like, "What is actually going to happen here?" So I go to the audition and I had to wear a bikini underneath my outfit, in case they wanted to test just how comfortable I could be being in the nude because this role was for a high paid escort. And there was a sex scene and in the sex scene the guy's... There's a sex scene happening between me and a girl and a guy. And one of the guys dies. I'm going to give the whole story away-

Joe Katz:
Oh no.

Tasya Teles:
... and then I run through the apartment screaming and I'm naked. So they had to make sure that I could be able to do that. So at the end of the audition they were like, "That was really great duh, duh, duh. Do you feel comfortable in the bikini?" So I just like took off my top and I was just standing there in my bikini top and my jeans. And they were like, "You're obviously fine," because I was just like-

Joe Katz:
Oh, you just took off your top.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. "You're obviously very comfortable." That would never fly today I don't think... But we don't even have casting rooms to begin with, but that was the paying to move and stuff like that. That was my first role and I just remember being so freaked out on the day onset, just because not only did I have to run around more or less naked, they give you little modesty patches, which are nude colored underwear.

Tasya Teles:
But I also had to be picking up sugar glass cups and like throwing them around the scene, like the set running around naked, picking up bottles and just like throwing them around the room screaming. And then they'd be like, "Cut, let's go again." And that was like, "Whoa, this is so weird. This is the strangest experience."

Joe Katz:
But it was pretty wild. So was that your first audition?

Tasya Teles:
I think I might've been in one thing prior, which was like a paramedic number two, and I was pushing a gurney and then the next one was that one. I didn't really know-

Joe Katz:
Wow.

Tasya Teles:
... what was going on.

Joe Katz:
That's pretty good. Paramedic number two to lead. Was this Skin Trade or no?

Tasya Teles:
No, that wasn't Skin Trade that was Rogue. It was Rogue. It was part BBC and DirecTV and so they got to be a little bit edgier with their stuff, like HBO and stuff like that so it was cool.

Joe Katz:
You are in amazing shape, you're tall and you're lean do you have to work hard at it?

Tasya Teles:
Before I didn't have to work at all, it was almost like... But that's what we all say like, "Oh, the good old days."

Joe Katz:
Right. Right.

Tasya Teles:
Where you could eat whatever you wanted and there were no repercussions, and then for a moment in time it became about looking physically fit. So going to the gym became less about fitness and more about how I aesthetically looked if I fit into clothes and stuff like that, which I think is a very common female disaster. But now I'll do it because I enjoy it. I do things more like yoga or a dance, I'll just dance if I'm feeling glum. Now I need to work out because of my mood and it-

Joe Katz:
Really.

Tasya Teles:
... makes me happy. Especially, after last year don't you find it was such a strange year, and I found myself reaching and doing things to pick myself up. And so I discovered that working out was actually something that did that for me, despite having previously.

Joe Katz:
It does help your mood. You're very beautiful. I think a lot of girls and I think guys look up to you, they think, "Wow, she's so gorgeous." Have you always felt like, "I'm beautiful."

Tasya Teles:
No, actually I had because... Again, I had a really weird household growing up, my father's Brazilian very Latino. There was a lot of salsa dancing, my parents met in Africa. There was a lot of African influences and African art. So just already there culturally we we're different, but my parents were also big computer nerds so they were coders. I was coding at a very young age, so I perceived myself as a big nerd. I still do. So when I went into high school I was like in shock. I remember when like a guy was interested in me. I was like I didn't know what to do about it. I was like, "What is happening?"

Joe Katz:
Do you feel beautiful now?

Tasya Teles:
Definitely.

Joe Katz:
You do?

Tasya Teles:
And it's weird that it's a long time coming, but it's such a harsh world out there. And for me it's really important to be around other strong women and to be connected to nature. So when I'm in Mexico here in the jungle or when I'm in Vancouver and I get to be outside or in a garden that really connect... It just makes me feel more beautiful. There's something about the natural connection that just brightens me. I don't know what that's about.

Joe Katz:
Well, you're just more connected to, I don't know. You feel more like an outdoor scene you love dancing and nature and-

Tasya Teles:
Living in the woods.

Joe Katz:
... cool fun stuff. Living life.

Tasya Teles:
And yet when I was in my 20s, I would have never thought that. I was like, when someone would be like, "Do you want to go for a hike?" I'd be like, "A hike? No, no, no, no, no. I'm a city person. I go to bars. I don't go on hikes. I didn't see myself as a nature person. I saw myself as city dweller that's what my identity was.

Joe Katz:
And what do you think changed?

Tasya Teles:
That's so interesting. I don't know. Where did you grow up?

Joe Katz:
I grew up in Iowa, so small town, Iowa.

Tasya Teles:
And now I'm in LA.

Joe Katz:
And now I'm in LA. But I moved from LA to Minneapolis, New York in LA. And I'm kind of more like, "I love the outdoors," but then there's another part of me that's like I like going to a shopping mall. I like fashion I'm in fashion. So I like all that stuff maybe because I grew up in all of that, so I feel comfortable there. But I do like the outdoors but I'm just curious what do you think changed for you in that way?

Tasya Teles:
I don't know. I think I just slowed down, I think I was moving really, really, really fast for a long time. I went from getting a degree to... I also simultaneously opened a restaurant, so I have two restaurants. So I was opening a restaurant, building my acting career and it was just... I was running through life really quickly, and I think I just needed to pump the brakes, which is largely why I'm here right now. I love fashion, I love food, but now I'm learning to love this.

Joe Katz:
Being outside in nature and stuff like that. What kind of restaurants do you have?

Tasya Teles:
How would you describe it? Because if I said it's a pizzeria, it wouldn't be really... Have you been to CATCH in LA?

Joe Katz:
Yeah.

Tasya Teles:
CATCH, if you just said, "Oh, it's a seafood place," It wouldn't really encompass all. It's a funky cocktail bar but it is a seafood place. And so I have two pizzerias and they were called The Parlor and they're kind of like they're upbeat, funky pizzerias that play old school, hip hop and it's very lively in there for sure.

Joe Katz:
That's awesome. I read about that you had one, so now you have a second one.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. In Toronto.

Joe Katz:
In Toronto.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. That one is across the street from the Thompson Hotel downtown. And it used to be an old piano factory. So we have a giant piano hanging from the ceiling now, which is cool.

Joe Katz:
Oh my God. That's so cool. So you diversify-

Tasya Teles:
And you have to come.

Joe Katz:
Yes. I would love to come I haven't been to Canada in like forever ever and ever and ever. That's amazing. You're like in so many different things. I love it. I loo.Look at your Instagram and you look at your life and you were on The 100 and the hit show that really took off on The CW. And it's like, I always look at people and you see people on social media and you always think, "Oh God, their life is amazing. Their life is great." everything is perfect for them but it's like, I always wonder sometimes did you have struggles along the way, were there struggles?

Tasya Teles:
I have a finicky relationship with Instagram to begin with because it just does such a bad job of really showing anybody what's really going on. I'm usually very private and I think my resolution for 2021 is to be less fearful and speak about things with a bit more courage. But I've had a lot of... I've dealt with depression and anxiety issues for at least 10 years for at least-

Joe Katz:
Really.

Tasya Teles:
So mental health is a big one for me. And I think also that's what draws me to nature is that I've found that that would really help. But learning about mental illness, mental health, I think is a really important thing that we are all doing right now. And I'm learning how to speak about it truthfully, but it definitely isn't something... I'll post little things on my Instagram about mental health in support of it and whatnot to my stories, but I don't go on Instagram very much usually. I try to-

Joe Katz:
And talk about that.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. Yeah. I've been intending on talking about it more, but I still I don't know how.

Joe Katz:
It's hard, it is hard because it's very personal, it's very personal. And I think a lot of times people like I'll look at something and you're like, "Her life looks amazing. It's amazing. She doesn't have any problems. Trust me. I can tell you now she has no problems." But I think it's important for people to hear because I think it gives them... I think we're all human and we all have our ups and downs and we all have our stuff. But I think just hearing that from you now, and not knowing that I feel like that gives people inspiration to go, "You know what? She has a great life, but she has her struggles too. And that doesn't mean that I can't be successful if I have issues."

Tasya Teles:
I think a big part of that, I think how you present yourself to the world, and the fact that we all have our own peccadilloes and our own struggles and our own things that make us quirky and weird and things that we're not sure about and big decisions and big things, events that affect us. We're always getting kind of tumbled around, things aren't always beautiful. It's important to recognize that because this digital age makes it easy to forget. And one of the things I also have another resolution was that I was going to stop editing my photos. You know what I mean? Where you can edit your photo. I was like, "I'm going to stop doing that because I don't think that that's helpful. It's wasting my time first of all." [inaudible 00:20:29] it goes to a photographer and we'll do a glorious shoot and it can be more creative, but I don't have to be worrying about making my life look like it's this perfect glistening pearl, when it's not in reality.

Joe Katz:
How have you dealt with the mental health stuff, do you go to therapy? Is it just medication? Is it just stuff that-

Tasya Teles:
I definitely try to stay away from medication just because those are... I don't know to me those are last resort things, but sometimes their first step things, I can't really speak to that because that's so individualistic. But I definitely know that finding a good therapist is hugely important and those become your teachers, and those help with becoming your sounding boards to hearing yourself and understanding your own cycles and your own patterns of ups and downs and how you deal with things.

Tasya Teles:
I also realize my therapist told me, she was like, "What are your needs with this relationship?" And I was like, "Well, I don't know....' I realize I didn't have a lexicon or the vocabulary to describe what I needed out of things or in relationships, friends or boyfriends or whomever. And I didn't have a lexicon for what emotions were. I would always say that I feel frustrated. She was like, "Well, get behind that. That's not a feeling, that's not of feeling." And I'm like, "Yes, it is. It's how I'm feeling right now talking to you."

Joe Katz:
Yes. Yes. So she taught you that she taught that, she taught you to get behind that.

Tasya Teles:
It's essentially self care. Learning about yourself, what works, what doesn't I found writing works really well for me. Dancing works really well for me, being in nature works.

Joe Katz:
That's very cool. I always just like people just to know that whatever people's struggle is there's options and there's opportunities. And I think people look up to you as such a great strong role model. And when I was looking at your Instagram, I saw how fashionable you are. Beautifully.

Tasya Teles:
I love fashion.

Joe Katz:
Very fashionable.

Tasya Teles:
It's so upsetting in the best way because I have so many clothes and I love thrift shopping. I love vintage. I love all of it. And I can't get rid of my clothes. I'm just like, "You'll never get these from me."

Joe Katz:
And you have a great body. You'll wear fitted, sexy I love that stuff.

Tasya Teles:
Thank you.

Joe Katz:
Yeah. How would you describe your style? What would you say your style is?

Tasya Teles:
That's so funny. We were just having this conversation with someone who's designing some jewelry for me. And he's like, "I was looking at just Instagram, I didn't know what to take from it." I'm like, "Well, I love t-shirt and jeans." I like red lip roughed up jeans and then a t-shirt and some jewelry, just a really simple classic and then with a stiletto, that's a great baseline with like a rocker jacket or whatever. But I also would say there's some Bohemian gypsy stuff that's going on sometimes. I love high fashion. I love high fashion.

Joe Katz:
Who's your favorite in high fashion? I know when people ask me, I'm always like, "Oh my God, there's so many-" But just when like things you just love or designs that you've seen.

Tasya Teles:
Oh my God. I don't know.

Joe Katz:
Do you like Beaumont?

Tasya Teles:
Of course.

Joe Katz:
I can see you in Beaumont.

Tasya Teles:
100%. With those built structured shoulders-

Joe Katz:
Yes. Yes.

Tasya Teles:
A 1000%. And deep fees and stuff like that.

Joe Katz:
You'd be so awesome in do you know this brand called Alexander Voltaire?

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. Of course.

Joe Katz:
He's awesome. Isn't he beautiful?

Tasya Teles:
Actually, my first red carpet I was wearing a Beaumont.

Joe Katz:
Really.

Tasya Teles:
I was so excited it was for Skin Trade and I was just like, I can't remember which store I think it was Saks and I picked it out and I was just like, and then they packed it for me. We're trying to decide which size a four or six. And it was like this strappy had like a strap around the top, strap around the boobs and then like a strip. It was a black dress and she packed the wrong size. So I'm getting my hair and makeup done. I'm about to go do my first red carpet. I'm terrified. But I'm also like very excited. And my hair looked all glamorous and I put on the dress and it's the wrong size and the top and middle partition just fall off of my... sagged off of my boobs.

Joe Katz:
Because it's too big.

Tasya Teles:
She put it to a bigger size and I was like, "I don't know what to do. But I realized if I made my ribs really big, I could keep the dress on. So I spent the whole red carpet walking around just-

Joe Katz:
That's how you did it.

Tasya Teles:
... but also it was such a bizarre experience-

Joe Katz:
Oh my God. `

Tasya Teles:
... that's my Beaumont dress story.

Joe Katz:
That's crazy.

Tasya Teles:
That's a great call. You nailed it. Yeah.

Joe Katz:
Yeah. I thought you'd be great in that stuff because it's very fitted, it's very sexy, it's got a very hot look that you'd be great. Two things I wanted to mention because you mentioned Skin Trade and I've watched that movie and you got behind that with a cause I read.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah, definitely.

Joe Katz:
Is that right?

Tasya Teles:
I feel that human trafficking is one of the worst things in the world. And it's something that, especially at that time, wasn't getting a lot of press because it was one of those closeted subjects, almost it was too ugly to look at the underbelly of society or something like that. And so I was like, "I'll take this issue on, this needs to be spoken about." And so I made a campaign, a little a website called Enslaved where we sell bracelets and all of the money goes to supporting organizations that fight human trafficking and provide relief and support systems.

Joe Katz:
That's awesome. That's so cool. I think it's something that we all still don't know. It's like something that is very, very important to put a light on. That just doing that movie inspired you to put that together.

Tasya Teles:
Well, I had read a book, I got sick in university. I got meningitis and I couldn't walk for a few months. So my muscles were all atrophied and I couldn't get out of bed. My mom the ever academic professor sends me this stack... Because I was thinking about switching my major and I was like, "Maybe I should go into women's studies, but I don't even know what that means or wherever you would go with that." She was just like, "Yes. That's a great idea."

Tasya Teles:
So she sends me a stack of super academic books and then they just sat there collecting dust for weeks. I was like, "I'm not reading those books. I'd rather flick around on the internet." And then eventually I picked up one of those books, it was called Half the Sky. And that was where I really started learning about human trafficking. And that's the book that inspired me and then once I got into Skin Trade, I felt like I had more of a voice that I could actually start doing something.

Joe Katz:
Gosh, you have so many interesting trails through your life. It's amazing. I love it. I love it.

Tasya Teles:
My fingers in so many little honeypots.

Joe Katz:
That's so great. We're digging into all of it. I'm doing it with my bow tie on too.

Tasya Teles:
I want a bow tie, that's my favorite color, that's so cute. Is that purple.

Joe Katz:
Oh thanks. Yes. That's my signature, so I'm always like, "I always wear a bow tie on my interviews, that's my dig."

Tasya Teles:
You must have so many. How many do you have?

Joe Katz:
Oh God, I don't even know, but I've started making them big. So I made them really big bows and all of that, so that they're not like the small ones. I'm like, "If you're going to go big, go big or go-"

Tasya Teles:
That's right. That's right you get it.

Joe Katz:
I have a couple more questions can you believe we're almost like over 40 minutes-

Tasya Teles:
Oh my God.

Joe Katz:
It's crazy. But one of the things I saw that you do a lot of conventions because of The 100, the show that you're on, that you were in. And I was just always interested because you travel so much like for these conventions.

Tasya Teles:
Definitely.

Joe Katz:
What is the most interesting fan question or something like a crazy fan that... Because I know these there's these super fans that just love you, and they love Echo and they get into it so much. I'm just wondering if, is there any interesting fan stories-

Tasya Teles:
Definitely.

Joe Katz:
Did somebody propose to you? Did somebody make a tattoo of you?

Tasya Teles:
I think I'm married, So I'm engaged to several people across the globe at this point. So actually I had completely forgotten about this story until Jessica who was also on the show, she brought it up at a convention on stage when they were asking about pants stories. And we were actually in Mexico in Tulum. My mom lives here, she's lived here for seven years and Jessica it's her second time.

Tasya Teles:
We land, we pick up a rental car, we hit the highway, we're coming in. We go pick up my mom, we're going to go have dinner. And there's this busy bustling street. And we sit down, we order our appetizers and Jess keeps on going, "So how safe is to Tulum? And we're like, "Oh, it's like so safe like nothing ever happens here." Not two minutes later we hear buh, buh, buh, buh, buh. And we're all sitting there and you can just see that all three of us are just like, "That's firecrackers," for this split moment.

Tasya Teles:
And then all of a sudden, boom, this crowd explodes as people are just running. So we don't know what to do. So we're like, "Everyone runs into the back of the restaurant. So we're like climbing over chairs and tables. And then the guys that were shooting at each other ended up getting arrested right in front of where our table was, and we're in the back and so we get quarantined into this restaurant. There's this one girl from I think Australia and she's crying and she's trying to call her mom. And everyone's in this tight little corner, my mom's hand out tequila shots just being like, "Everybody's going to be fine."

Tasya Teles:
And this chick is crying and then she just goes down and she's like, "Are you on 100?" And then me and Jessica we turn around and were like, "Yeah." And she's like, "You're Echo do something." And I was like, "What do you want me to do? What am I supposed to do right now?"

Joe Katz:
That's so funny."

Tasya Teles:
And then she was like, "Well, can I get a photo with you guys?" And we were like, "Yeah." Weird. In the middle of like a giant gang violence like Mexican cartel shoot, someone was like asking for a photo and telling me to-

Joe Katz:
Oh my God.

Tasya Teles:
... and that would be the craziest-

Joe Katz:
Oh my God.

Tasya Teles:
... story because of the surrounding-

Joe Katz:
Wow.

Tasya Teles:
... the circumstance was bad.

Joe Katz:
That is. She wanted you to use your superpowers.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. Exactly.

Joe Katz:
Like, "You, bring out your sword."

Tasya Teles:
I never go anywhere without my sword.

Joe Katz:
Okay. My very last question. Tell me one thing you haven't told anyone that could help somebody else?

Tasya Teles:
That's a tough one.

Joe Katz:
So just one thing that you're like, "If I said this, this would probably help somebody else."

Tasya Teles:
I'll give two quick responses. One, one of the biggest things that I've learned how to do is take three, really big breaths, and just to relax your nervous system when you're feeling like things are getting too crazy, but also it's to not take life too seriously. Do you feel like the world is like... Those are the moments where I literally put on my biggest headphones and I turn up my favorite song and I would just have a big, big dance party. I have to bring some silliness and some levity and some fun back into what feels like such a crazy pressurized world. And so just to always have fun and remember to breathe and it's all going to work out.

Joe Katz:
I think that's so true because honestly I think when we get nervous, so we get scared about anything. We hold our breath and we don't even know it. So I think that's great advice.

Tasya Teles:
Yeah. Yeah. Exactly.

Joe Katz:
Well, Tasya you have been fabulous. I appreciate you coming. Thank you so much for taking the time. Go enjoy. I don't even know what time it is there but enjoy the sun, the beach-

Tasya Teles:
Thank you.

Joe Katz:
... the everything there.

Tasya Teles:
Thank you. I will.

Joe Katz:
Thanks so much for being on the show.

Tasya Teles:
Thank you so much Joe, you're lovely and amazing, and I love your bow ties.

Joe Katz:
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. See you. Thanks for listening to The Katz Walk. Make sure to subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast app. This has been a production of Evergreen Podcast. A special thank you to executive producer Gerardo Orlando, producer Leah Longbrake and audio engineer Dave Douglas.

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