Wait, was that Dina in the last night’s episode of the show The Last of Us? This is the hotly debated question of the hour. The show’s latest episode consists of a subtle reference to the part II character Dina. Paolina van Kleef essays the role of the staring girl in the show.
For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, the television show The Last of Us is based on a video game of the same name. The show’s sixth episode was an emotional ride for Joel and Ellie.
In the sixth episode of the series, The Last of Us, Joel and Ellie arrive at Tommy’s new home in Jackson, Wyoming, and one of the most notable nods is a reference to Ellie’s future love interest in The Last Of Part II, Dina. Read on to know more about Paolina van Kleef, the actress playing the character of the mystery staring girl in The Last of Us.
Who is Paolina van Kleef?
The actress listed in the credits as ‘the staring girl’ is none other than Paolina van Kleef. She is a resident of Vancouver, Canada, who was reportedly born in the year 1997, which means she is 25 or 26 years old depending on her exact date of birth, which remains private as of now.
Paolina is a new actress on the block. She was last seen in the 2018 short film called Yasmina. Her latest appearance in the TV show The Last of Us, is her second acting job. In addition to this, she is set to star in the upcoming Netflix series, The Night Agent, which comes out in March 2023.
What did the series creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin have to say about Dina?
While appearing on the official podcast for The Last Of Us, co-creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin spoke about Paolina’s cameo and subtly hinted that the actress Paolina Van Kleef was playing the role of Dina in the show, but they refused to confirm it.
Neil Druckmann started by saying, “There’s a nice kind of, would you call it an easter egg? I don’t know if I’d call it an easter egg.” Craig Mazin further added, “It’s a little, I mean, it’s ambiguous, somebody’s staring at Ellie, wonder who that could be, theoretically or not? We’ll find out maybe one day.”
Soon after, Neil went on to say, “In Part II, there is a story about the first time Dina met Ellie that is very similar to what happens here.” Then, Craig chimed in and said, “That doesn’t mean that that’s Dina, but it doesn’t mean it’s not.”
At the moment, the show The Last of Us is airing weekly on HBO as well as HBO Max in the United States. When it comes to UK viewers, they can watch the show on NOW and Sky Atlantic.
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