Most common question?
My name is Ellie, and yes that is my full name. It is not short for Eleanor, Elizabeth, or any other girly name starting with the letter E. It’s strictly Ellie, and it wasn’t officially “Ellie” on my birth certificate until I turned 14. One hot summer day in the late 90’s, my mom grabbed her bag and started to head out the door. When I asked her where she was going, she said to me, “I’m going to go change your name on your birth certificate from “Eli” to “Ellie.” When I asked why my name was even “Eli” on my birth certificate, she said the doctor wrote it out wrong when I was born and for some reason she waited 14 years to change it for me. So there you have it folks. I was once Eli and now I’m Ellie, and it’s not short for anything, so the next time someone asks me if my name is short for anything I will direct them straight to this blog.
Where do you reside?
I was born and raised in the East Coast and currently reside around the NYC area.
What are your hobbies?
I love tennis, but I get bad tennis elbow when I play. I tend to hit the ball too hard because in my mind, I think I’m playing in Wimbledon against Sharapova. In reality, my tennis skills straddle the high school JV top 3 and Varsity benchwarmer line. I’m sort of a beast at Ping Pong and Badminton. I LOVE reading, both fiction and non-fiction. I also enjoy being a girl sometimes, i.e. shopping, girl talk, and screaming when I get scared. I love clothes and fashion. I’m not too sure if this is considered a hobby, but I’m sort of a cupcake/frozen yogurt connoisseur. I know all the places for great cupcakes and frozen yogurt. Anyone who tries to defy me, will become blacklisted in my book.
You love dogs?
I wasn’t always passionate about saving dogs. It wasn’t until I met my dog-soulmate, Decy, that I became immensely passionate about furry creatures. He and I shared a bond and a love that I literally couldn’t and can’t explain. When I look at him, I think of all the dogs that are like him and I can’t imagine them being abused, neglected, and mistreated. Many people always question my undying love for dogs. They ask, “Ellie, why dogs and not humans?” And my answer back is, “what’s it to you?” No one ever said I didn’t care about humans. I just got a spot for saving dogs and abused animals in general. It’s my calling, and I’ll fight for them as long as I can.
Oh man. Being an aspiring actor is the hardest dream anyone can chase after. Trying to make it in the industry is the equivalent to dating the biggest/hottest asshole in the world. He’s everything you want, but he’s flaky, fake, unpredictable, and only gives you love when he feels like it. Despite it, I’d like to think (like the millions of other actors out there) that I’ve got something special inside of me somewhere, so come on this journey with me and watch me either fail or succeed. Mazol tov!
I’ve interviewed actors Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong, Ed Helms, John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Zach Galifianakis, Far East Movement, Jay Park, Epik High, and more! Damn, I’m so cool.
Why you love acting?
It’s the only time I feel really creatively alive. I feel like the insides of my body are filled with doors and when I’m on stage all the doors open up and flap wildly; that’s probably the worst way to describe how I feel but it gets the point across. When I first decided to take this road into the black hole of exhilitaring doom, I had no idea why I really wanted to be an actress. When people asked me of my desire to want to act, my palms would sweat and I would let out small farts that didn’t smell but made little pop noises. Now when people ask, my chest ripples into massive muscles, a cape grows out of my back, and with a husky, strong Thor-like voice I answer,
"It’s when I’m acting where I understand what it feels like to be be wholly and solely myself. Discovering dimensions and facets of myself that I never knew existed until I’m in the moment, pouring myself into a character, and feeling every single emotion, is when I take a step back and realize holy crap, I want this feeling forever."
There’s a scene in “Free Willy” where Willy does this insane, unrealistic jump over the little boy dude and the feeling both of them have in that moment is what I feel when I’m acting. Can’t remember it because it came out in 1993? See a shot it here:
And this image right here is why I want to be an actor. Thanks Willy.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Mom’s a knockout. Dad’s got a million dollar smile. Brother’s smart and handsome. Sister’s has the kindest soul in the world. Toby’s our first furry love, but the biggest brat ever. Decy’s my dog-soul-mate and the universe’s best cuddler. Hobbes is compact and sweet. Tutu is my little gal.
I’ve got the bestest friends in the world. Some of my bestest friends I’ve known since I was 5 years of age.
One thing you can’t live without?
Though I look like a supermodel, being 5”2 with a pooch for a belly, you’d be surprised to know that I only did real modeling once. It was for a ‘real women’ cocktail holiday shoot for The New York Daily News and after my fabulous shoot, the photographer whispered to the journalist that I needed a pedicure.
I hate carrots, cilantro, and celery. I don’t know how to ride a bike and no one has ever successfully taught me how. I’m allergic to alcohol and some fruits. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life. I’m really good at fake rapping and singing. I’m convinced I can eat an entire cake by myself. I’d prefer a kick ass cake over a really good meal. I think sleeping is the greatest gift from God. Sometimes I buy iced coffee not because I need it, but because I like carrying one around. I really enjoy walking for a long time. I have HUGE feet. I like hot pink things. I’m a messy person. I have a talent of posing like an America’s Next Top Model contestant and I can pose with any kind of inanimate object and completely kill it in a photo.
When does this end?
Enjoy my life on this blog. I am brutally honest on this web page and I post anything and everything I feel, I like, and all that I want too. If you don’t like it, just press the little X on the far right corner and you’ll be home free. I love all of you who love me. I hope I can meet each and every one of you one day and we can embrace in a hug that defies all hugs.Thank you and come again.
My dog wearing a jean diaper: