Ellen Hollman, 29, plays vixen Saxa on the STARZ original series Spartacus, and surprisingly, she isn’t that different from her feisty, tough-girl character. (Case in point: Hollman does all her own stunts.) The third and final season of the show, War of the Damned, premiered January 25th. If you’ve caught it you know there are some pretty epic and bloody battle scenes, which include plenty of hot female fighters kicking serious ass. Hollman tells us all, including the surprisingly simple ingredients of a killer date—whether or not she’d be up for some role playing after.
Do you feel a connection to your character in Spartacus?
Saxa is described as “a tenacious, vivacious force to be reckoned with.” We’re practically twins…minus the whole rebel-savage-fighting-an-epic-battle-everyday kind of thing.
What’s your workout secret to getting those rock hard abs of Saxa?
Aside from a hell of a lot of core work with MMA and knife fighting, I recently discovered hot yoga mixed with ballet and weights. That combo calls for a little bit of grace, a lot of sweat, and a few occasional tears.
What’s your favorite part of a guy’s body and why?
You can tell a lot about a man from his hands. If they don’t have any scars or calluses on them, you might as well assume they cry at romantic comedy films, too.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BODY PART ON A MAN?
“Abs, hands down. If his core is in shape no need to question the other areas.”
MY IDEAL MALE BODY TYPE IS…
“Lean and athletic.”
HOW DO YOU PREFER A MAN’S FACIAL HAIR?
“I like a man to have some stubble.”
EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW HOW TO…
“Give his woman a massage. The trick is to be delicate yet thorough, which is an admirable talent.”
IF A GUY IS UNATTRACTIVE, WHAT DOES HE NEED TO DO TO ATTRACT GIRLS?
“He has to have an incredible sense of humor.”
A GUY IS TRYING TOO HARD WHEN HE…
“Is gasping for air from flexing too hard.”
A GUY WHO IS INTO FITNESS AND TRAINING IS HOT UNLESS…
“He looks in the mirror more than I do.”
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP DEALBREAKER?
“If a guy orders a light beer and a salad on the first date.”
MY FAVORITE THING TO DO ON A FIRST DATE IS…
“Laugh. If you can make me laugh, chances are a second date is in your cards.”
MY PARENTS DON’T KNOW THAT I…
“Made out with a girl in an upcoming Spartacus scene…and liked it.”
Source: Men’s Fitness