Ellen is going to join Dirty and Thirty‘s Stuart Brazell and Stefanie Seifer for a little livechat on Tuesday, May 28, at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time, so make sure to bookmark this link, and don’t forget to tune in! If you live in a different timezone and are unsure what time it’s gonna be for you, you can check Time and Date to check on the time difference.
As I’m sure most of you remember, back in February/March we were able to help out TJ Scott with his Kickstarter project, to get his “In The Tub” photobook into publishing. For those of you who couldn’t take part in the campaign back then, here is good news for you! The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon, as the regular or the special edition (which contains 48 extra pages of slightly more artfully risqué photos from the shoots).
TJ Scott has been behind the lens as director of numerous television series, including XENA and Spartacus. After his mother’s fourth round with breast cancer found its way to her bones and lungs, TJ decided to wage his own war on cancer the only way he knew how – by raising funds. He donated his unwavering artistic eyes and all of the actors, musicians and celebrities donated their time to this title created strictly to raise funds for breast cancer research. Each person was photographed in his/her own unique manner in a tub. 100% of the profits are going to Breast Cancer Research.
I’ve just uploaded 18 new photos of Ellen on set of her newest project True Love. The movie is already available in Australia, and is going to be released in early July in Germany. You can pre-order it on Amazon.de as DVD or Blu-ray, as of now. So far there are no news for a release in the US, but we will keep you updated. You can check out the photos in our gallery below!
Film Productions > True Love (2012) > On Set
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.
Ellen has attended the Maxim Hot 100 Party in Hollywood, California last night. Stephen Dunlevy as well as Ellen’s former Spartacus cast members Katrina Law and Nick Tarabay were also in attendance. You can check out 32 HQ photos in our gallery below! Special thanks to Kieran for some of these :)
Public Appearance > 2013 > [May 15] Maxim Hot 100 Party
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
After speaking with Ellen Hollman, Saxa on Spartacus: War of the Damned, earlier this year, it only made sense to talk to her again to get her thoughts on the series finale that aired last month.
(Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen it of course!)