- Full Name Tatiana Zappardino
- Occupation Actress, Former Officer at the US Marine Corps
- Nationality American
- Birthplace California, USA
- Birth Date Oct 02, 1989
- Age 31 Years, 11 Months
“In the scene, there were a bunch of props but everyone around me kept saying “DO NOT USE PROPS CASTING DIRECTORS HATE IT!” But there was something inside of me telling me this scene needed props and it didn’t feel right without them. So, I took the risk. But, of course, right off the bat, I screwed up on the slate because I forgot who I was auditioning for. George [Pierre] was less than pleased, so I asked for a second to regain my composure and take a breath. I needed control back from the room, so I did one long roll-up and then said, ‘Ok… I’m ready.’ I take out my glove, coin, and magnifying glass and start the scene. Slowly but surely, he starts looking up and he says the words I will never forget, ‘Tatiana, good things come to those who wait. You are such a breath of fresh air’… That was the day I got the call, I booked my first role for a full season on a television show.”
Tatiana Zappardino | Biography 2021She is the founder of all-female sketch comedy team Fine China Comedy
Tatiana Zappardino was cast as Tilly, a local forensic scientist who comes to aid the eventful Hastings family in the 2017 Netflix series 'Superstition.' The story follows the Hastings family, who holds the La Rochelle town's only funeral house and cemetery. They look like a normal family, but they specialize in afterlife care for unexplained deaths at the hands of demonic infernals and other unexplained phenomena that have long plagued the town.
Tatiana Zappardino is the founder of the comedy sketch-club Fine China Comedy. She is also famous for her role, Tilly, in the 2017 Netflix series 'Superstition.'
Who is Tatiana Zappardino?
Tatiana Zappardino is a theater graduate from Jacksonville University. She served at the US Marine Corps as a Public Service Officer before settling down in Atlanta to become an actress.
She has over ten years of acting experience from the community theater, and she worked as a director's intern at The Players Theater in 2011.
Zappardino founded an all-female comedy sketch-club called Fine China Comedy in 2017. She gained prominence after she played Tilly in the Netflix series Superstition from 2017 to 2018.
Early Life and Education
Tatiana Zappardino was born on 2 October 1989, in San Diego, California. She graduated from Jacksonville University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts.
She also did a year abroad at the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2010 and studied Irish Folklore and Music.
In 2013, Zappardino enrolled at Kent State University for a Master's and graduated with a degree in Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs in 2016. Alongside, she also took a legal ethics course from Liberty University in 2014.
Zappardino enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2011 after being encouraged by her step-father. She was appointed as a Public Affairs Officer. Between 2013 and 2015, Zappardino was posted as an Executive Officer at the Headquarters and Service Company in Headquarters Regiment.
Zappardino was interested in theater from a young age but was indecisive about pursuing it as a career. She was a member of a community theater from 2004 to 2014. She also worked as a Children Director Intern at the Player's Theater in 2011, which she took to earn her college credit. At the theatre, Zappardino assisted in the direction, production, and management of the play Stone Soup, performed by seven selected children.
With her community theater team, Zappardino acted in multiple shows all around the states. However, she was mostly assigned to feminine characters such as Lucy van Pelt in the 2009 Dog Sees God, Player Queen in Hamlet in 2011, Mimi Ralston, and Savannah Sprunt in 2014 Cocktails with Mimi and Mama Won't Fly.
Tired of the stereotypical roles, Zappardino asked for a comedic and masculine role instead. But, she was shrugged off and was reasoned, 'women are not funny.'
It changed her perspective in her presence as an actress, and it gave her a thought to embark on a female-supported platform.
Fine China Comedy
Forward to 2017, Zappardino founded an all-female sketch comedy team called Fine China Comedy.
With the mission to produce comedy with powerful women in front of and behind the camera, the team began inviting artists to collaborate from all over Atlanta and shared their learned work, and grew the film community.
Zappardiono added her experience on learning about producing, directing alongside acting with the Fine China Comedy team. "I decided to form an all-female team called Fine China Comedy where we would be the writers and directors around female-focused sketches. We produced these shorts in video format to move away from stage performances. Since we were all actors, this was a chance for us to learn about all aspects of filmmaking to include directing, producing, editing, and so-on. It was so much fun and they would turn out pretty good for a bunch of first-timers. Then, we wanted to go bigger so one of the founding women, Sailor Larocque, and I wrote a pilot together titled Swiped. We spent about 2 ½ years filming this to ensure we took our time and applied everything we had learned from our time with Fine China sketches."
Movies and Television
Zappardino also attended auditions to acting in television or movies. She landed minor roles in multiple shows, such as the documentary TV series Your Worst Nightmare in 2017 and Homicidal Hunter in 2016 and 2017.
In 2017, she landed a recurring role on the Netflix TV series Superstition.
Zappardino was cast as Tilly, a local forensic scientist who comes to aid the eventful Hastings family.
The story of Superstition follows the Hastings family, who is the longtime proprietor of the La Rochelle town's only funeral house and cemetery. They look like a normal family, but they specialize in afterlife care for unexplained deaths at the hands of demonic Infernals and other unexplained phenomena that have long plagued the town.
To help tackle this infernal threat, Hastings has developed a dark arts skill set over the years. They quell the evil inside the shadows with arcane weaponry, raw might, mystical alchemy, and a vast grasp of the occult and old teachings.
And her character Tilly is a local death examiner who fills the story with both a sensual and intelligent presence.
Initially, Zappardino messed up her audition by using props in her scenes. But then she asked for a second chance to do it, and the casting director liked it. The 12-episode series premiered on 20 October 2017.
Zappardino has not disclosed information on her personal life. But, in an interview with VoyageATL, when she was asked what she would change in her past, she replied, "I probably wouldn't have wasted so much time drinking and being with boys who didn't deserve me because it got in the way of my productivity and emotional state."
She is close with her sister Marie-Valérie Zappardino, a 2021 high school graduate.