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Fit For Her: Ellen Hollman

“Abs, hands down. If his core is in shape no need to question the other areas.”

“Lean and athletic.”

“I like a man to have some stubble.”

“Give his woman a massage. The trick is to be delicate yet thorough, which is an admirable talent.”

“He has to have an incredible sense of humor.”

“Is gasping for air from flexing too hard.”

“He looks in the mirror more than I do.”

“If a guy orders a light beer and a salad on the first date.”

“Laugh. If you can make me laugh, chances are a second date is in your cards.”

“Made out with a girl in an upcoming Spartacus scene…and liked it.”

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Spartacus: Vengeance’s Ellen Hollman: Hero In the Making

When it comes to the women on the STARZ cable network period drama Spartacus: Vengeance, there certainly are no wallflowers. True, these so called members of the “fairer” sex have at one time or another been put in their place by their respective beefy or politically connected husbands or lovers, but they always seem to bounce back by making good use of their beauty and other feminine wiles.

One character who is more than capable of holding her own in a conflict is Saxa, a German warrior played by Ellen Hollman. While she may still have a great deal to learn about the Roman-centric world around her and how to survive in it, she is more than up to the challenge, mentally as well as physically.

“Saxa is a lioness in training and a born leader, but she’s not quite able to fill out her ‘paws’ yet,” explains Hollman. “She takes what she wants with no hesitation, using pure tenacity, ferocity and a dose of calamity. To step into those paws was an utter and complete challenge for me, not to mention an exceptional joy. To have the liberty to perform with complete, unbridled passion and impulse was a daring feat that will hopefully pay off onscreen.

“Aside from the aforementioned ferocious, tenacious stuff, Saxa is a hero in the making. There is no question in her mind that she can match any man regardless of size or entitlement. This may or may not get her ass kicked from time to time, but that’s how you grow stronger…at least that’s the idea. With this in mind it was a welcome challenge to face being the ‘first female warrior ever to grace the screen of Spartacus.’

“I’ve been an athlete my whole life, but what can prepare you for such a huge chunk to chew? Well, countless hours in gladiator boot camp, of course, attempting to conjure up the most intense and brutal fight sequences for a 115 pound savage. Needless to say there were plenty of cuts, bruises and scrapes, and that was just to the ego,” jokes the actress.

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Meet Ellen Hollman, Spartacus’ Savage, Mangy Saxa

Keeping limber is essential for Spartacus‘ numerous battle and boudoir scenes, but American actress Ellen Hollman also had to exercise her foreign language skills to play the new warrior woman Saxa.

“It’s not just a fighting role and a physical role, but also one that requires fluent German. They failed to mention both of those aspects when I was reading for it,” Hollman tells When Hollman heard that casting director Paul Weber had just returned from Hamburg, she made a comment in German. “He was like, ‘Wait, you speak German?’ I said, ‘What do you think ‘Hollman’ is?’ And [series creator] Steven DeKnightwas cracking up and said, ‘This is a German role. We just didn’t specify that because nobody speaks German.’ I’ve also been doing fighting stunts for quite some time, so I guess it was just one of those things that was meant to be.”

In Friday’s episode of Spartacus: Vengeance (10/9c, Starz), Saxa (Hollman) continues to fight alongside Spartacus’ men, seeking to liberate all from the tyranny of the dissolute Roman elite. Saxa was among the German slaves that the rebels had freed from a Neapolis slave ship as new recruits to their cause.

Check out Hollman’s other insights into Saxa and the dangers and pleasures on set:

What was your reaction when you read for the part of Saxa? Were there any surprises?
Ellen Hollman:
 It was a massive casting call. What’s funny is that the character description is so much different from what you see on the screen. The material I had to read was actually Ashur’s (Nick E. Tarabay) monologue when he’s basically torturing Oenomaus (Peter Mensah). So from my perspective, I thought the character was going to be more refined, if not Romanesque. Even the attire I wore for the audition was more Roman… But I was meant to play a filthy, German, feral savage.

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Spartacus’ Ellen Hollman Talks New Character, Action Scenes, Manhandling and Dirty Jobs

To be the first is never easy.

It certainly wasn’t easy for Amelia Earhart who in 1932 became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

It probably wasn’t a cakewalk either when in 1983 Dr. Sally K. Ride became the first American woman to be sent into space.

And it apparently wasn’t easy for Ellen Hollman who will portray Saxa, the first female warrior on the Starz’s hit series Spartacus Vengeance

TV Equals had a chance to talk to the intensely charming Ellen about her new character, the grueling preparation she had to go through, the “liberties” she took on set and how she wants to do some “dirty jobs”.

Check out what she had to say below and don’t miss Ellen in her first appearance as Saxa in the upcoming Spartacus Vengeance episode “Sacramentum” airing tomorrow Friday March 8 2012 at 10 pm.

How did the opportunity to play Saxa come about for you?

Ellen Hollman: Just like anyone else, there’s always the auditioning process especially for a character as particular as Saxa because she’s not just a female German warrior. There’s that description alone which is physically demanding, but she’s also fluent in German.

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Ellen Hollman Talks Spartacus: Vengeance

As regular viewers know, the hit Starz series Spartacus: Vengeance has no shortage of eye candy for both male and female watchers, along with plenty of medieval action to boot. Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly have more beautiful and compelling people on the same screen together, along comes actress Ellen Hollman, who makes her debut as Saxa in Episode 1.07: Sacramentum airing Friday, March 9 at 10 PM ET on Starz. The actress will shake things up for both Katrina Law’s Mira and Dustin Clare’s Gannicus… with a memorable kiss between Saxa and one of those characters in her debut episode. I recently had the chance to speak with Ellen Hollman about her new German warrior character Saxa on Spartacus: Vengeance. Take a look at what she had to say below.

From what I’ve read about Saxa, she’s this feisty German warrior who loves kicking ass. I was curious how an audition goes for something like this. Did you have to display any physical skills when you were reading for this part?

Ellen Hollman: I have a background of athleticism, and I’ve done just about every sport under the sun. I do have a stunt reel, so that definitely helped making it to the final round, with my stunt reel and my ability to speak German. I guess there aren’t that many that fit that bill in Hollywood (Laughs).

I can’t imagine there are a whole lot of actresses with those skill sets.

Ellen Hollman: Well, they wanted a tall, muscular blonde woman, who can speak German and fight. It’s like, ‘Uh, maybe you should go to Germany?’ I was pretty fortunate with that.

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Lucy Lawless pranked by Ellen Hollman

“Spartacus: Vengeance” continues to blow our minds this season. Between Mira (Katrina Law) and her butt-kicking, Liam McIntyre owning the role of Spartacus and the amazing story lines, we are beyond addicted to this show. The very good looking cast doesn’t hurt either.

We’ve got some brand new pictures for you from this week’s episode, “Sacramentum.” Spartacus and his rebel forces try to increase their numbers by freeing fighters enslaved in foreign wars. This week we’ll also get to meet Saxa (Ellen Hollman), a powerful warrior.

Hollman is also really funny, as you can tell from our earlier interview with her. Check out her fantastic prank on Lucy Lawless.

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AUSXIP Interviews Ellen Hollman

We have heard so much about the upcoming warrior Saxa who was quite a mystery to everyone leading up to the Spartacus Vengeance premiere and beyond. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Ellen Hollman, the spunky and entertaining actress, her answers emphasized she isn’t anything like her ferocious character. Ellen was also responsible for turning the tables on Lucy Lawless at the recent Official Xena Convention which was very funny to witness. We asked Ellen about her life, career choices, her charity organization which helps so many children in the Los Angeles area and of course about the force of nature that is Saxa.

Ellen, where did you grow up, tell us a little about your background?

I’m one of those wholesome Midwestern girls you hear about, hailing from Detroit, Michigan. We’re the type of breed that refuse to say “soda” instead of “pop” and still can’t figure out what a vegan is.

Did you always want to be an actress?

Nope. I used to be a landscaper and then went to school at MSU on scholarship for Business and Marketing, minoring in German. How’s that for a transition??

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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