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Eat Like A Star: Spartacus’ Ellen Hollman

Want to look like a star? Have what they’re having! Every week, we’ll tell you what healthy meals help our favorite stars power through their day. This week, we talked to actress Ellen Hollman, who’s currently starring in STARZ channel’s newest show, Spartacus: Vengeance.

Hollman, who has appeared on hits like WeedsMedium and Criminal Minds, is the newest addition to the Spartacus: Vengeance series on STARZ. The historical drama is the sequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and follows the gladiator rebellion into battle with the Roman Republic. The small costumes and intense fight scenes call for Hollman to be in peak form for her role as Saxa, an alluring and passionate female warrior.

Off screen, the actress is a warrior for a different cause. As CEO of Visual Impact Now, Hollman raises funds to provide free eye exams and glasses to children and families who are unable to otherwise afford it.

Check out Hollman’s breakfast below to see what fuels the actress for her on-screen battles and off-screen fundraising.

“I prefer jump starting the day with a Luna bar doused in almond butter,” says Hollman. “Not only are they loaded with essential nutrients for women, but Luna is a major supporter of the Breast Cancer Fund and Healthy Child Healthy World. I’ll pair that with a cup of coffee–it’s like jet fuel! That’s my perfect breakfast.”

Looking to make almond butter part of your healthy breakfast routine like Hollman? Test run SELF’s almond butter and banana smoothie recipe–it’s got 14 grams of protein to fuel you all morning long.

Source: Self

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‘Spartacus: Vengeance’: Meet Ellen Hollman, who cracks us up while introducing us to her character, Saxa

Ellen Hollman is the latest addition to the cast of “Spartacus: Vengeance,” which has it’s season premiere on Friday, January 27th. She’ll appear a few episodes in as Saxa, a pretty touch chick. We were lucky enough to get a preview of her character, her feelings on nudity and who Saxa is going to hook up with. Also, she is hysterical!

“Saxa is the first female German warrior to join the ranks of Spartacus. She’s fierce, fun, intelligent and a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. In other words, she will kick your *ss and have a laugh about it later.” She has her eye one one of the hot guys in the show … at least Saxa does. “She has a keen eye for Gannicus (Dustin Clare),” she says “And not one to take ‘no’ lightly.” Well, where there is love or lust, there is certainly sex, especially on this show. We asked her if the nudity made her hesitate at all. She replies, “Nudity? There’s nudity on this show? I’d better start doing some sit-ups.” Okay, we love this girl already!

Hollman said she loves working with the cast. “They are, and continue to be like family. I’m beyond fortunate to have such genuine, dedicated and supportive friends by my side on screen. It is extremely helpful when you’re thousands of miles from home.” When asked if she’d been a fan of the show, she answered, “Yes! Hell, yes!” We asked her how intense this season will be for her. “Your jaw will be on the floor,” she says. About the show’s popularity, Hollman explains, “It crosses every line normally saved for film. It sets new boundaries for television as we know it from performance, to fight, to choreography and aesthetics with beyond shocking story lines.”

Hollman says there is no shortage of funny moments on the set. “Once I became overly confident with my fight choreography,” she says. “I decided to ’embellish’ a few moments in between (we did, after all, spend a good 8-10 hours shooting each fight sequence and idle time in Saxa’s hands is quite dangerous). Mira (Katrina Law) and I had a fight together and after we defeated the competition, I grabbed her face and laid a big ole kiss on her. The reaction from everyone was beyond priceless! Needless to say it made the final cut. Ha!”

Finally, we asked this funny lady if there were any juicy tidbits she could tease for us. She says, “Forget the tease, I’ll give away an entire plot line with one of Saxa’s lines: ‘Warum hast du die römische Hure nur freigegeben, um im Gegenzug nichtserhalten?’ That sh*t is crazy right?” Okay, Ellen Hollman. You rock! We can’t wait to see Saxa if this interview is any indication! (In case you’re wondering, it translates to something like, “Why have you released the Roman whore only to get nothing in return?”)

Source: Zap2It