From Broadway to the small screen, Nia Holloway is a future Hollywood powerhouse.
Atlanta-native Nia Holloway has had quite an impressive start to her career. At 17, Holloway became the youngest person to land the role of Nala on the national tour of Disney’s The Lion King. After six years on tour, Holloway has branched into television, proving that she is a multi-talented threat.
Holloway stars as AJ in her new show Republic of Sarah, premiering on the CW. An interesting premise, the show follows titular character Sarah Cooper, a rebellious history teacher. When a precious mineral is found underneath her town of Greylock, New Hampshire, Cooper spearheads the succession of the town from the United States to protect it from money-hungry mining companies. AJ, a police officer in Greylock, stands loyally beside her friend while also having drama of her own. Holloway leans into the flawed nature of her character in her on-screen debut. “She’s strong, she’s flawed, but she’s responsible, and she respects that responsibility. That’s what helped me connect with her,” said Holloway.
The Knockturnal got the chance to catch up with Nia and discuss her professional career. In the interview, we discuss her time on tour with Disney, the inspiration behind her performances and work ethic, and the potential of a future singing career.
Photographer: Sam Gold
Stylist: Margaret Galvin
Hair: Naomi Holloway
Makeup: Charlie Riddle