Actor Ellen Hollman talks about what a thrill it was to join the Matrix family in the upcoming fourth installment, The Matrix Resurrections, how director Lana Wachowski pushed her in this new role, and why she loves finding the limits of her comfort zone.
Ellen has attended the A Gogo by Mash Gallery on February 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, showing off her awesome new hairdo! I’ve added 6 high quality photos to our gallery. You can check them out below!
Public Appearances > 2020 > [February 13] A Gogo by Mash Gallery
“Ellen Hollman Web” is of the past and has now officially (hah, pun!) changed its name to Ellen Hollman Official. On top of that we now also have a brand-spanking new layout with one of Ellen’s gorgeous new pictures. The previous layout was up and running since November 2013, so it was time for an upgrade. Let me know what you think! :)
Ellen has attended Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s 16th Annual Hollywood Celebrity Toy Drive Extravaganza on December 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. I’ve added 18 high quality photos to our gallery. You can check them out below!
Public Appearances > 2015 > [December 17] 16th Annual Hollywood Celebrity Toy Drive Extravaganza
Ellen was invited to do a livechat with Dirty and Thirty yesterday. She was talking about how exactly she stays in shape, about stunt mishaps on the set of Spartacus, her amazing non-profit organization Visual Impact Now, as well as lots of other interesting things. The chat was super fun to watch, so if you’ve missed it, make sure to check it out!
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?
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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