Award winning actress, writer, and producer Ellen Hollman was born and raised in Michigan.

Her parents Julie and Hart Hollman were both reputable musicians, which played a significant role in Ellen’s familiarity with the arts. In her teens, she made the decision to pursue a career in the arts and moved to New York City. There, she studied at several renown acting studios and began mastering her skillset. In 2004, Hollman moved out to Los Angeles, and within one year, she started landing gigs.

This year Ellen can be seen in one of her biggest film projects to date, starring in Warner Bros’ highly anticipated action/thriller feature film The Matrix Resurrections. Directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections is the long-awaited fourth film in the groundbreaking franchise that redefined a genre. The new film reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous, Neo and Trinity. “The Matrix Resurrections” will debut December 22, 2021, in theaters nationwide, and stream on HBO Max.

For nearly a decade, Ellen has been a jiu-jitsu practitioner and co-instructor for Gracie Academy’s Women Empowered Program. She also trains alongside her husband, acclaimed Stunt Coordinator Stephen Dunlevy and his world-renowned stunt team 8711 Action Design; best known for the John Wick franchise, Deadpool 2, and Atomic Blond, to name a few. No stranger to the mixed martial arts world, Ellen is known in the industry for doing her own action, including her stunts in The Matrix Resurrections  and has showcased her ass kicking in CBS NCIS: New Orleans as antagonist/assassin Amelia Parsons and in AMC’s groundbreaking martial arts series Into the Badlands. Additional credits include FOX’s 9-1-1, Lethal Weapon, CBS Hawaii 5-0, and A&E’s SIX, to name a few.

Chilled had the pleasure of chatting with Hollman about what goes on in her off-screen life and how she prefers to imbibe.

Chillin' with Ellen Hollman

Chillin’ with Ellen Hollman

Tell us about the projects you are working on.                                                           

Aside from running around in a black leather onesie for one of the most iconic cinematic franchises in history: Matrix Resurrections, I also have a comedy I’m co-starring/producing called Don’t Suck coming out next year. Oh yeah, and I’ve recently perfected underwater basket weaving.

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

I enjoy trying to choke out my friends in oversized pajamas on gym mats as well as cooking a mean ragu. Sometimes within hours of each other.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

I’ll eat pretty much anything with hummus, and I may have been a grizzly bear in my past life with the number of raw salmon I consume on a weekly basis.

What types of dishes do you typically order?

Always salty, rarely sweet…just like me.

Chillin' with Ellen Hollman

Chillin’ with Ellen Hollman

Any favorite bars?

The whiskey bar I built my hubby as a welcome home gift. He was overseas coordinating John Wick 4 for eight months and I figured half a wall stuffed with Oban and Hibiki was like a welcome home hug that fits in a small glass … or three.

What drinks do you order when out?

A bold red wine that could hold up a spoon. 

Do you prepare drinks at home?

YES. In pj’s, doesn’t matter what time of day.

Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?

I just designed and renovated our massive French Country kitchen with a wine rack, fully stocked bar fridge, and separate whiskey bar if you’re feeling sassy. If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.

Have you ever been a bartender?

Nope, but my hubby has. Why do you think I married him? Great service and accepts tips in smooches.

If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?

Joan of Arc. She seems like a fiery gal who doesn’t put up with any shenanigans. If her drink of choice isn’t mead … that’s almost as cringeworthy as pinot.