Ellen Hollman says she will never get cast as the girl next door. And that’s probably because she thinks flying armbars are rad, knows how to use reverse-double daggers, and convinces studio execs into letting her do her own stunts.
Ellen Hollman says she began beating up boys on the playground as a child and never stopped. The stunning blonde, who starred as Saxa in two seasons of the Starz hit show Spartacus, proudly stated to MMAmania.com that she will “never get cast as the girl next door.”
“If I keep my mouth shut and I just blankly stare I’m sure people can buy it for a second, but it’s just too much tenacity that comes through I suppose,” she said.
In her latest role, Hollman, 31, stars as Valina, in Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power. Released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment earlier this year, the movie is littered with MMA stars past and present and also a former WWE Divas champion.
Universal Home Entertainment’s The Scorpion King 4: Quest For Power hit today on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today and they have been kind enough to provide us with an exclusive clip highlighting the female hero of the film!
Ellen has attended the 3rd Annual Saving SPOT! Dog Rescue Benefit in Santa Monica on October 26. You can check out 20 HQ photos in our gallery, plus one video of her on the red carpet as well as an interview.
Public Appearance > 2014 > [October 26] 3rd Annual Saving SPOT! Dog Rescue Benefit
LA Exclusive TV has interviewed Ellen at the “Cinco De Gato” event earlier this month. Watch the video below!
I’ve ordered Ellen’s cover of Ouch! Magazine last week, and finally got it in the mail today, so I went ahead and scanned it for our gallery. The interview that Ellen’s done for Ouch! Magazine was already posted last month, but her spread in the magazine itself is absolutely gorgeous, so make sure to check it out in the gallery below!
Magazine Scans > 2013 > Ouch! Magazine – Vol. 21 (March/April 2013)
May, 2013 | Ellen Hollman earned herself a place in the hearts of “Spartacus” fans by portraying the Germanic warrior Saxa. In our interview Ellen talks about preparing for this strong, physical role, working with her castmates and how the “Spartacus” cast and crew keep the memory of Andy Whitfield alive.
1. Saxa is an exceptionally strong female character who made a great impact on the viewers. Had you ever expected such a huge response and what will stay with you from the experience of playing her for the rest your life?
It’s a rare honor and privilege to be able to have such a strong, physical role to play as a woman. It’s heartwarming to see such a favorable response from the audience as I gave my absolute all to Saxa. I can promise you that a piece of that sassy, Germanic warrior will always be with me.
2. Saxa is such a fierce warrior who easily takes on any Roman soldier. Did you do a lot of research about if there really were female warrios like her in the Servile War?
I assumed that for a female fighter to be accepted by her fellow male counterparts she would have to be just as (if not more) rude, brash, violent and skilled on the battlefield. Saxa may not be glamorous at times but you believe every moment she has a weapon in her hand. As for research, there have been remains of a female Gladiator that was discovered in Trier, Germany. Apparently they fought bearing midriff and portrayed their victories by raising one arm high above their heads. Sound familiar? I found this out after shooting “Vengeance”, it was sheer coincidence that my character happened to have the same physicality as the ancient female Gladiators. Perhaps it’s in my blood after all?
Read the full interview at the source.
The Spartacus star reveals how she trains for the physically demanding role of Saxa on this addictive Starz series—and why Thai takeout makes her feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Q. Are you super-careful about your daily diet?
A. With every meal I do my best to keep a balance of carbs, protein, and healthy fats. I try to avoid anything fried because it makes me feel sluggish afterward, and like I’ve wasted hours of training on something that doesn’t even satisfy my hunger.
Q. What’s your favorite cheat/treat meal?
A. Pad Thai, hands down. I allow myself one cheat day a week, and in my case it’s “Fat Sunday.” If I don’t have to be on camera the next day there’s nothing like a belly full of sodium and noodles to make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
Q. How often do you work out?
A. Five days a week. I treat exercise like it’s my job. I do something nearly every day, though it varies. I’m a huge fan of circuit training, Bikram yoga, and MMA. For cardio, I prefer to do an hour-long canyon run in the California sunshine—nothing gets those endorphins firing more than a scenic mountain run!
Q. If you had to pick one, what is your favorite strength exercise?
A. My favorite exercise is quite mobile, actually. It’s the P90X Ab Ripper, which can be done anywhere. I tend to travel a lot, and try to keep my core toned with this amazing 15-minute routine.
Q. How has your role in Spartacus pushed you physically?
A. There has never been a job that has pushed my physical limits quite like Spartacus. I do all my own stunts, and with that responsibility I have to make sure I’m able to do what is asked of me. There’s no way to fake your way through something like that. I’ve spent hundreds of hours training to have every moment on screen be my own!
Q. In what ways would you say you are most like your character?
A. Saxa is a tenacious, vivacious force to be reckoned with. I’d like to think I have mild versions of those qualities, but she takes them to a much more extreme level. She has a halo balancing on a pair of devil horns and a natural confidence that’s fun to watch despite her incessant vulgarity. I’m just the driver—she’s the one giving directions!
Source: Muscle & Fitness Hers
Ellen has attended The Coalition For At-Risk Youth (CARRY) ‘Shall We Dance’ Gala on May 11, 2013. You can check out 64 HQ photos in our gallery below as well as video that was posted by Mingle Media TV.
Public Appearances > 2013 > [May 11] CARRY Foundation’s 7th Annual “Shall We Dance” Gala