'Spartacus: Vengeance': Meet Ellen Hollman, who cracks us up while introducing us to her character, Saxa
"Saxa is the first female German warrior to join the ranks of Spartacus. She's fierce, fun, intelligent and a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. In other words, she will kick your *ss and have a laugh about it later." She has her eye one one of the hot guys in the show ... at least Saxa does. "She has a keen eye for Gannicus ( Dustin Clare)," she says "And not one to take 'no' lightly." Well, where there is love or lust, there is certainly sex, especially on this show. We asked her if the nudity made her hesitate at all. She replies, "Nudity? There's nudity on this show? I'd better start doing some sit-ups." Okay, we love this girl already!
Hollman said she loves working with the cast. "They are, and continue to be like family. I'm beyond fortunate to have such genuine, dedicated and supportive friends by my side on screen. It is extremely helpful when you're thousands of miles from home." When asked if she'd been a fan of the show, she answered, "Yes! Hell, yes!" We asked her how intense this season will be for her. "Your jaw will be on the floor," she says. About the show's popularity, Hollman explains, "It crosses every line normally saved for film. It sets new boundaries for television as we know it from performance, to fight, to choreography and aesthetics with beyond shocking story lines."
Hollman says there is no shortage of funny moments on the set. "Once I became overly confident with my fight choreography," she says. "I decided to 'embellish' a few moments in between (we did, after all, spend a good 8-10 hours shooting each fight sequence and idle time in Saxa's hands is quite dangerous). Mira ( Katrina Law) and I had a fight together and after we defeated the competition, I grabbed her face and laid a big ole kiss on her. The reaction from everyone was beyond priceless! Needless to say it made the final cut. Ha!"
Finally, we asked this funny lady if there were any juicy tidbits she could tease for us. She says, "Forget the tease, I'll give away an entire plot line with one of Saxa's lines: 'Warum hast du die römische Hure nur freigegeben, um im Gegenzug nichtserhalten?' That sh*t is crazy right?" Okay, Ellen Hollman. You rock! We can't wait to see Saxa if this interview is any indication! (In case you're wondering, it translates to something like, "Why have you released the Roman whore only to get nothing in return?")