"Yvonne Arias loses her 'Scrubs' for 'Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight.'"

By Jason Tanamor

If you happen to know Woody Allen, please have him contact actress Yvonne Arias. If you happen to know Yvonne Arias, then you know her from her role on “Scrubs” and as the star of “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight.” For those who haven’t heard of the up and coming actress, you will soon. That’s because, Arias is making her mark one show at a time. The actress recently stopped by to talk with Zoiks! Online.

Q – You star as Maya Young in “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight.” How did you get involved with this project?

A - I went to a few auditions and was thrilled when I got the part. During casting, we didn't know the show was called "Kamen Rider Dragon Knight." They wanted to keep the news under wraps for as long as possible so, at the time, the show was being called "Ventara County."

Q – I’ll be honest with you. I’ve never heard of “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight.” What was your background with the show?

A - You and a lot of other people!!! After I started to do some research I realized what a huge franchise “Kamen Rider” is and I feel pretty lucky to be a part of it.

Q – How do you prepare for a role that is essentially geared toward kids when your background in TV is targeted to adults such as “Scrubs,” “ER,” and “Passions?”

A - I have a good amount of acting training, so that helps when deciding how I want to portray a role, but beyond that, I have a couple of really amazing teachers that help me out. For this role, since Maya's a paranormal reporter, I did a lot of research on my own about the paranormal world. It was really cool and interesting to learn about.

Q – I read, before acting, you wanted to be a TV journalist. Maya Young on “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight,” is a reporter. Is this sort of a dream come true for you?

A - Not only was I interested in being a journalist, but I always wanted to work on a superhero project so it was even better!

Q - How did you get into acting?

A - Kicking and screaming!!! No, not that extreme, but it definitely wasn't an aspiration of mine. I was certain I wanted to be a TV journalist/host and through that process, got a commercial agent. I did really well and they pressed me for months to take some acting classes. I finally gave in and fell in love with it.

(Photo courtesy of Yvonne Arias)

Q – Is there a different atmosphere working on a Saturday morning show versus a primetime sitcom or drama?

A - It depends a lot on the people you're working with. Also, if it's a heavy drama, there's definitely not a lot of room to mess around and you probably wouldn't be in the mood for that, but on shows like “Scrubs” and “Kamen Rider,” we had a bit more room to joke around.

Q – I noticed on the “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight,” website you’re listed as Aria Alistar. Is one of them your real name or did I miss something completely?

A - No, Aria Alistar is a stage name. It was an experiment, a fun one I might add. If you break down Alistar, it spells A-List Star. Isn't that cool?!

Q – I first heard about you from your role as Nurse Martinez on “Scrubs.” Although you had a small role in the series, the show is like mega gynormous. What did being on this show do for your career?

A - A show like this definitely helps your career. The first time I was on, I was a bit nervous to meet Zach Braff. I had just seen “Garden State” and I loved it. It's still one of my favorite movies so of course I had a bit of jitters when I met him. He and the rest of the cast were super nice and welcoming. Had a lot of fun.

Q – I heard that you were a huge Woody Allen film. What type of project would you like to do with him?

A - I AM A HUMONGOUS WOODY ALLEN FAN!!! That's my acting dream! I would love to work on any of his upcoming projects. Do you think he watches “Kamen Rider?” Seriously, my preference would be a comedy, but really, it doesn't matter.

Q – Have you ever met Woody Allen?

A - Not yet.

Q – What are you working on now or what do you have coming up?

A - Right now, a comedy pilot and a new thriller film. We'll see...

Q – Anything you wanted to add?

A - Please visit my Facebook and Twitter page. Also, I'd like to spread the word that a “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight” video game will be launched at the end of this month/early December.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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