FYIG recently had the opportunity to chat with actress Elena V. Wolfe about her role in the new Nickelodeon series Star Falls, how she got her start as an actress, her debut novel, and much more. Find out more about this multi-faceted actress right here!
Tell us a little bit about yourself as a person before we dive into your career.
I guess if I could describe myself as a person I think the first thing that comes to mind is that I’m a big goofball. Not a lot of people know this! I believe I’ve accomplished a lot of things in my life thus far that should warrant a far more serious personality but if I could I’d be laughing and joking around all the live long day.
How did you first become interested in acting?
My mother was a singer when I was growing up, so she was performing a lot. It definitely spurred my interest in performing, though it wouldn’t be until third grade when I had to dress up as a giant stuffed crab for a school play that really got the creative juices flowing. Not the coolest story, but I have some pretty exciting pictures to go along with it.
Your first taste of a live performance came when you played the role of Lucinda in a high school rendition of Into The Woods. Did that end up being the turning point for you to decide to pursue acting as a career?
Absolutely! I think it was the combination of acting and singing in live theater that made me realize it was what I wanted to do for a living. For a small high school, we were pretty lucky to have such a talented cast – I have a feeling if we’d have butchered Mr. Stephen Sondheims’s masterpiece none of us would have left that experience feeling particularly inspired!
Did your scholarship to play varsity tennis at the University of Virginia give you second thoughts about pursuing an acting career?
Definitely. Our team’s rigorous schedule made it impossible to ever make play rehearsals let alone pursue a theatre major. Needless to say, acting was at a complete stand-still for about four years. Four years is a long time! It gave me the chance to envision a life without the arts… I’d even considered playing tennis professionally after graduation.
What did you learn from your first mainstream role on FX’s The Bridge?
I learned that if it’s your first time on set working… no one really cares! Not in a bad way, I mean, everyone has their own job to do so no one is going to hold your hand through it! It’s really sort of a “let’s throw you in the water so you can learn how to swim” type of deal.
You’ve landed a role on the upcoming Nickelodeon series premiering March 31st called Star Falls. What can you tell us about the show?
Star Falls is a show about a small town girl and her best friend conspiring to get their parents to fall in love. But of course, it’s so much more than that! The characters are bright and charming, and most importantly– hilarious. There’s no laugh track, which is rare for a kids show, and I think it makes Star Falls very unique.
You play the role of Beth Miller in Star Falls. What drew you to this character and what can audiences expect from her?
Beth is shy and introverted– two things I’m definitely not! I think every actor loves to play characters unlike them… the only catch is, I think once Beth learns to loosen up and let her daughter Sophia take the reigns a bit more, we get to see a quirkier side to Beth. She really grows into something, well, a lot less shy and introverted– a lot more like me in real life!
You also have a debut novel in the works called Coz and the Invisible City. What prompted you to start writing and what can you tell us about the story?
When I was attending UCLA, coincidentally the film school was right next to the law school where I was studying. Our Entertainment Law professor encouraged us to take classes at the film school, so I took a writing course. On my first day of class, I realized within the first five minutes that I wanted to be a writer. I’m still not entirely sure how that happened, but I’m eternally grateful for the ‘aha!’ moment. In any case, I was always fascinated by the stars, so I finally decided to jump in and start this book. The story is about twelve magical children who have descended from the constellations in a quest to save mankind.
I understand that you’ve always dreamed of having your own home renovation show. Is there any chance of you pursuing that opportunity in the future?
Oh yeah! I don’t know how long that will take, but if the show opportunity never comes around, you can bet I’ll still be renovating whatever I can get my hands on! If you know anyone who needs a fresh coat of paint in their kitchen, I’m their girl.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
I know this sounds incredibly cheesy, but never give up. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who hasn’t worked hard and kept their spirits that hasn’t found success in their field.
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