Rogue Cinema Sleepover Girl – March 2008
All About Elissa:
Location: Los Angeles, Ca.
Some of my favorite things: Filming, indy wrestling, gore, forensics, black roses, animals, scars, tattoos, pretty eyes and rock’n’roll.
Most people would be surprised to know that I: have a BFA from the University of Arts in Philadelphia and that I initially planned on pursuing a career in forensic sculpture. I’ve also been a vegetarian for over eight years and at this point I would probably prefer human flesh to animal…. um that was a joke, I’m not really a cannibal I swear.
Hobbies / special skills: Acting, singing, dancing, writing and mixed media arts.
Number of years acting / modeling: I’ve been acting as for as long as I can remember working both commercially and in theater as a child.
Favorite genre(s) and or film(s):
Half Hungarian and half Italian so naturally I was raised on a healthy horror smoothie of the classics, Lugosi and Fulci. I also dig: Nightmare on Elm Street; May; Bad Taste; Re-Animator; The Shining; Ginger Snaps; and anything from Tim Burton or Rob Zombie. I’m also really into some strange indies and dark comedies; Ghost World; Death Becomes Her; Serial Mom; Buffalo ’66; 200 Cigarettes; Cecil B. Demented and Donnie Darko. But my number one favorite film of all time has to be Natural Born Killers.
Acting / modelling gigs that I’m the most proud of: Live Evil, Psychosomatika, Thirsty, Savannah’s Ghost, Dairy of a Serial Killer (working title) directed by Andy Hurst.
What I look for in a potential acting or modeling job: I gravitate toward quirky character type roles and I find myself drawn to playing parts that many actors would shy away from. I really get into working with crazy dialects and bizarre costumes, it’s sort of like being the Tracy Ullman of horror. “The girl that runs up the stairs” has never really appealed to me, but who knows I’m open to anything.
The desire to perform came early for Elissa Dowling, by age 8 she was dancing in the NYC Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker”. At age 11 she was invited to tour with an improv troop where she gained valuable experience in the art of ad lib. By 13 she had already starred in stage productions including “Little Shop of Horrors” and had her television debut as the notorious lips singing the opening theme song from “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. The transition from stage to screen has worked well for Elissa whose expansive acting range has already landed her unique and diverse movie roles such as a transvestite bartender, an attorney, a serial killer, even a gothic dominatrix from New York. Her skills as a character actress have afforded her film performances so intense that she is almost completely unrecognizable. Several of the films she has starred in have been lined up with Lions Gate distribution and she has also achieved a recognized body of work within the independent movie circuit.
Thanks Elissa! If you’re an actress or otherwise involved in the independent film industry and would like to be a Rogue Cinema Sleepover Girl of the Month, head on over to the Sleepover Girl info page to find out how.