Nikki Hahn is a star that is quickly on the rise in the entertainment industry. Perhaps best known for her work as an actress in the 100th Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting, American Housewife, or American Horror Story, Nikki consistently proves her talents extend far beyond the screen. With the release of her latest single and music video for “Obvious”, Nikki has gotten the opportunity to work behind the camera as well.
We spoke with Nikki about her upcoming EP and the new music that she has been working on, what fans can expect from her new sound, how working as an actress has changed during the pandemic, and what her audience can expect from her next.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Nikki Hahn below:
So you got your start in the entertainment industry as an actress. What inspired you to pursue acting as a career?
Disney movies! [laughs] I was always the kid at like 2 or 3 years old who always wanted to act out Disney movies with my mom. I loved Cinderella. Always wanted to have my mom be like the Fairy Godmother and dress up. When we moved to San Diego, our neighbor recommended we submit to a commercial agent to see if I liked it. We drove to LA and they wanted to interview me by myself at 3 and I got myself a contract! Ironically, the first commercial I ever did was Cinderella so that was dreams fulfilled.
Disney goals for sure. It’s funny that you were in the remake of Adventures in Babysitting because the other day we interviewed Keith Coogan who was in the original movie and we were talking to him about how much he enjoyed the remake.
That is so funny! He was at our premiere and we were super excited to have him. I watched the original movie before the audition and I loved it. Just having him there was super amazing. He’s the best.
Right now you’re focusing on releasing your music with your latest single “Obvious”. What inspired you to pursue your musical talents and a career in music as well?
I’ve been singing for pretty much as long as I’ve been acting and it’s just something that I more recently started to share with the world. Music really runs in my family. My dad has a degree in classical guitar and he was in bands before I was born. Me wanting to be a singer was not really a surprise to my family. It started off with musical theatre, again Disney songs. [laughs] It wasn’t until I had an audition where I had to sing a pop song that I started kind of getting into pop.
The first pop song I ever sang was by Demi Lovato when I was 7 or 8. When I was 12 I really got inspired by Taylor Swift to pick up the guitar. She had 5 albums at the time and I learned all 5 of those albums on guitar within the next 2 weeks. That’s when my parents started taking it seriously. When I saw her 1989 tour, I realized I wanted to pursue this as well.
What do you love most about music when you compare it to acting? Is there one that you prefer over the other?
I definitely don’t prefer one over the other. I think they’re different outlets of storytelling. With music, I get to express my own emotions and experiences whereas with acting I’m portraying another character’s emotions. I love both but I think they’re just different outlets.
What can your listeners expect from your sound?
I would say it’s evolving. In the future, you’re definitely gonna hear a different route than my previous music. With my current releases, I was definitely inspired by 90s Britney and Ariana Grande. I think with my future music that I’m currently working on, you guys are gonna hear a different side of me. It will be more authentic to my influences and my family and where I come from.
What does your music playlist look like lately? Who are some of your favorite go-to musicians to listen to?
I’m super into the 80s and 80s Rock so Def Leppard is my number 1. I love Lana Del Rey, I collect all of her vinyls. Right now I’m currently listening to Billie Eilish’s new album. I just ordered the new vinyl. I’m obsessed with “Happier Than Ever”.
I know the pandemic kind of threw things in the air but do you have any plans on returning to acting?
I’m working so much on my acting. Now that we don’t have in-person appointments anymore for auditions, it’s go, go, go at my house with doing self-takes at home. With the pandemic, we really had to up our filming game and get all of this equipment. It’s a constant weekly thing. I’m definitely still working on that, it’s just been a little bit more difficult because of the pandemic but it’s 100 percent something that I’m pursuing.
Would you say you’re interested in evolving in the music industry and trying your hand at video production or directing, producing, or anything like that?
Absolutely. With my music video, I kind of wore a lot of hats during that production. We did film it during the pandemic so we didn’t want to have too many people. I was executive producer and also with my wardrobe, I self-styled. We worked on the creative direction with mood boards at home and I really loved that. I think that because I was working on sets since I was little, I didn’t realize how much went into a production until I had to put it together on my own.
When you show up to set as an actor, you have your wardrobe there for you and the sets have already been styled and everything. I was surprised at how much I knew about it but it was a lot of fun. I’m really into aesthetics and fashion and I loved getting to put together that aspect. As I said, I’m really into the 80s and 90s and I wanted to bring some of those influences to the wardrobe and even the lighting. So I’m super happy with how that turned out and I definitely want to do it again.
Finally is there anything you wanna share with your fans about what you have coming up?
I’ve been in the studio a lot lately. I’m really excited for my fans to hear my new direction in music. I think they’re really gonna like it and they’re gonna hear a different side of me. Stay tuned!
Thank you so much to Nikki Hahn for taking the time to speak with us!
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.