WENATCHEE — Actor Ciara Hanna’s audition for the 20th season of children’s program, “Power Rangers,” didn’t go quite as planned.
Before meeting with the producer, she drank coffee — a large, iced Americano — and was a little nervous because she knew a former cast member — someone she had an “awkward” friendship with — was in the room. It showed.
“I go in there and, like, ‘Oh, hey, yeah, nice to meet you. I’m Ciara. Oh, I can do a cartwheel,’” Hanna told an audience at the 2017 Yestercon in Carson, California. She did a cartwheel and then some shadowboxing.
The producer jokingly told her no coffee on set and wrote “Spaz” on a piece of paper, she said.
Despite the jitters, she got the role as Yellow Power Ranger Gia Moran. Problem was she auditioned for the Pink Ranger.
“So when I got the call, it was like ‘Oh, you’re the yellow ranger,’” Hanna said at Yestercon. “I’m like, ‘No, I’m not.’ Like, ‘Yeah, you are.’ ‘Nope, I auditioned for pink.’ ‘Well, that’s not what they told us.’ But my personality fit Gia better versus Emma. I’m not Emma. So it makes sense.”
Hanna went on to star as the Yellow Ranger in 42 episodes of “Power Rangers Megaforce” “Power Rangers Super Megaforce.”
Hanna is a featured panelist at the Wen-Con Pop-Culture Convention on Saturday.
Though only 28, Hanna’s been entertaining for two decades. She began traveling around Southern California when she was 8, singing with a group at locations like Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship.
Hanna modeled in her teens, even auditioning for an abbreviated season of “America’s Next Top Model” her senior year of high school. She landed her first recurring role in 2010 as Summer in soap opera mainstay, “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Hanna next appears in eight episodes of “FraXtur,” a digital series from production company Deinstitutionalized that follows a group of misfit teens as they come of age in a post-apocalyptic world. “FraXtur” is slated to begin streaming later this year.
While her resume is varied, Hanna is best-known for her role as the Yellow Ranger. The show was filmed in New Zealand and life on set was workman-like with lots of hurry-up-and-wait.
“I’m all over the place in real life, but when I’m working I get pretty serious,” Hanna said at Yestercon. “And I’m on set, I do my job — I don’t like wasting time and money for people.”
Shenanigans, she said, tended to be reserved for home.
“We had a lot of pranks at home; that was the thing,” Hanna said at Yestercon. “We all lived together in one house in New Zealand and it was interesting.”
Lead prankster? That would Andrew Gray, who played the Red Power Ranger, Troy Burrows.
“This one time I baked a bunch of cookies and I put them in a container and I was going to bring them to set for everyone on the crew and I did them the night before and I woke up and there was a note with a smiley face ‘Sorry, I couldn’t control myself — Drew’ with crumbs,” Hanna said at Yestercon. “I was so upset at him.”
And she stayed upset throughout the day. Gray would try to spark a conversation and she’d block him with a playful, “Shut up, Drew.”
It wasn’t until the actors returned home and Gray, snickering, opened a cabinet to reveal a container of uneaten cookies.
“I’m like ‘Well, now they’re not fresh!’” Hanna said at Yestercon, laughing. She added, “Drew has a different sense of humor. I laugh now.”
Hanna will field questions at Wen-Con from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday in at the Crunch Pak Room in the Town Toyota Center.