Beyond the Break
American actress of TV and film Maya Hazen is perhaps most popular to television audiences for playing Sage Kapahea on the first season of “Beyond the Break” (2006). She has guested in TV series like “The Comeback” and “Brothers & Sisters.” On the big screen, Hazen had roles in the comedies “Fifty Pills” (2006) and “Lucky You” (2007) as well as the horror films “Shrooms” and “Shutter” (both 2008). She has acted along side such well-known actors/actresses as Eric Bana, Robert Duvall, Drew Barrymore and Joshua Jackson.
Childhood and Family:
Ann Maya Hazen was born on June 28, 1978, in Tokyo, Japan. She holds an American citizenship.
Maya Hazen made her television debut in the important role of Mia in Edward Zwick's telepic “1/4life” (2005), about seven twenty-something friends from college living together in a Chicago apartment. The drama also starred Shiri Appleby, Reggie Austin, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel Blanchard and Darcy Rose Byrnes. She appeared as receptionist in one episode of the Lisa Kudrow comedy series “The Comeback” called “Valerie Gets a Magazine Cover,” which was broadcast on August 14, 2005.
Still in that year, Hazen had a role in the 12-minute short “I'm Not Gay” (2005), directed by Adam Paul, who also co-wrote the script with Adam Silverstein. She also played Sarah on a longer short titled “Six Months Later,” from director/writer David Frigerio.
The following year saw Hazen appeared in the pilot of the comedy series “The Loop,” starring Bret Harrison, Eric Christian Olsen and Mimi Rogers, but it was not until she landed a role on the drama series “Beyond the Break,” about four girls who compete to be world-class surfers, that she hit the big time. She portrayed Sage Kapahea in eight episodes during the show's first season in 2006.
Also in 2006, Hazen appeared as Amy Chang in an episode of “Brothers & Sisters.” She portrayed Bethany on the comedy film “Fifty Pills” (2006), helmed by Theo Avgerinos and starring Lou Taylor Pucci and Kristen Bell, and returned to short film territory with Alice Chen's “Moonlight” (2006), which also starred Linda Brown and Rhoda Jordan.
2007 saw the beautiful actress support Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and Debra Missing for the sport-themed “Lucky You.” Curtis Hanson directed the film and co-wrote the script with Eric Roth.
Hazen starred as Lisa, one of a group of American students having a camping trip in Ireland, on the horror film “Shrooms,” directed by Paddy Breathnach. Made in 2006, the film was shown at the European Film Market in Germany on February 10, 2007 and at the Cannes Film Market in France on May 17, 2007 before receiving a limited theatrical release in the U.S. On February 1, 2008. It earned two nominations from the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) in the categories of Best Film and Best Director for Film.
Later that same year, Hazen joined Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, David Denman and James Kyson Lee to star in “Shutter,” a horror/thriller from director Masayuki Ochiai. She played a character named Seiko Nakamura.