Kojii Helnwein[needs IPA] (née Wyatt; born 8 January 1981) is an Irish actress, musician and model.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kojii is the daughter of musician Enda Wyatt of Irish rock band An Emotional Fish (Atlantic Records). She was raised in Tallaght in south Dublin. She studied Technical Stage Training and worked as a freelance Stage Manager for four years in Irish theatres and a Parisian circus.
In 2004, Kojii met her husband, fine-art photographer Cyril Helnwein when she posed for his “Ethereal” series. Cyril Helnwein is the eldest son of Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein. On the winter solstice, 21 December 2005, their first daughter Croí Sequoia Helnwein was born. On 7 April 2011, she gave birth to their second daughter Éala Cheyenne. On 25 August 2013, she gave birth to their son Captain Solas Wyatt Helnwein.
Terra Incognita (2010) with Juliette Lewis and Michael Des Barres
Kojii studied acting in Los Angeles at The Acting Center and at The Irish Film Academy in Ireland.
Kojii Helnwein was engaged by Rebecca Morgan of Morgan the Agency in Ireland.
After her first modelling job for John Rocha Kojii began working full-time in print, runway, and commercial modelling.
She has been seen in numerous magazines, including, Fit Pregnancy, Women’s Wear Daily, Cosmopolitan, Elle, BPM, Prudence, Tatler and Vogue. She has appeared in adverts and catalogues for companies such as, O.P.I., Got2b, Louis Verdad, Ed Hardy, Coca-Cola, Toni and Guy and Gap.
Kojii appears in national advertisements in the United States for clients such as Target, Mitsubishi, Comcast, Marshalls and in Ireland for clients such as O2, Pigsback and TV3. Kojii has become known in Ireland for a long-standing appearance in a TV3 ident where she is featured singing the networks jingle. This ident is viewable on Kojii Helnwein’s YouTube page.
Kojii’s runway clients have included Prada, Jimmy Choo, Jeffrey Sebelia, Eduardo Lucero, A-Wear, Smet, GenArt and Whitley Kros to name just a few.
Kojii appears on “Project Runway (Season 6”) and the companion show “Models of the Runway” (Season 1). This show airs on Lifetime TV 20 August 2009. Kojii has also been regularly seen on RTÉ’s Off The Rails, Late Late Show, and Live at 3, and TV3’s Ireland AM
In 2006 Kojii started touring with her band, also known as Kojii in Ireland. Kojii sings, writes music, lyrics and plays guitar. The same year, Kojii recorded and released a self-titled album, Kojii.
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