For more than a decade, Elysia Rotaru has been making waves in the entertainment industry with numerous roles on hit TV shows and Hollywood blockbuster films.

Her credits include The CW’s Smallville, Hellcats, iZombie, and Supernatural; USA Network’s Psych and Eureka; FOX’S Backstrom and Rush; ABC’s Motive; and the Warner Brothers feature film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Most recently, Elysia recurred in The CW’s Arrow, where she played Stephen Amell’s love interest Taiana Venediktov, and starred as Alicia Guerrero, alongside the legendary Danny Trejo, in the Universal Studios feature film Dead Again in Tombstone. Currently, Elysia can be seen in Summit Entertainment’s Cold Pursuit which stars Liam Neeson, Laura Dern and Emmy Rossum.

Elysia recently teamed up with director Stephen Sawchuk (Love It or List It, Bachelor Canada), to produce a new 90s-set horror comedy short film FWD, which follows two 20-something women who face the consequences of not forwarding on a late 90s chain e-mail. FWD made its premiere in front of a sold-out audience at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival where it screened before the critically acclaimed feature film Tragedy Girls. FWD made its U.S. premiere at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, where it took home the Jury Choice Award.

Shortly after, it was programmed twice at the New York City Horror Film Festival, screened at the Rio Grind Film Festival and played opening night of the Vancouver Short Film Festival. FWD has also screened at Oregon Scream Week, where it won two awards for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Supporting Character. It also took home the award for Best Horror Short at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival.

Elysia is a star is on the rise, as she remains consistently busy working on new projects, both on-screen and behind the scenes.

Chillin’ With Elysia Rotaru

Chillin’ With Elysia Rotaru

Photo by Jaxon Howell

Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.

I just wrapped an indie film called The Color Rose and a great role on the new Darrow and Darrow  4 film for Hallmark. I’m also currently working on a bunch of voice-over projects from video games to commercials and things in between. As a fun side project, I’m working on videos for my YouTube channel, which has a travel focus, called Field Trip.

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

I love being outside with Mother Nature, and it depends where I am in the world. But if there’s a pool and floatie, I’m there. I also love reading and binge watching shows I need to catch up on. And I can’t forget to mention a good reflexology and full body massage to top it off.

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

I love trying new places, and when I’m in LA, I feel like there’s an abundance. It’s satisfying to check places off the restaurant list I constantly add to. That list has places on it from bars like Ye Rustic Inn to five-star restaurants in Beverly Hills like Madeo. It all depends on what mood I’m in and how much of a cheat meal I want to indulge in. But my go-to places are Little Dom’s, All Time, Atrium and Guisados.

When I’m in Vancouver, my husband Ryan and I really like the aburi and sake at Miku and always get the gluten free pizza at Nicli. But when we feel really dirty, we will hit up the Fish Counter on Main Street for some gluten free fish and chips. We also just fell in love with a new place called Juice Bar YVR where all the wines served are natural.

Chillin’ With Elysia Rotaru

Chillin’ With Elysia Rotaru

Photo by Jaxon Howell

What types of dishes do you usually order?

If there’s tartare, scallops or oysters I’ll order that. Truffle fries with dips galore, fresh market fish, a steak dish and pasta. And it depends on if there’s room—dessert please. I’m a sucker for a good tiramisu or pot de creme and of course WINE! Natural wines are my jam, but I can’t ever turn down a Brunello.

Do you cook?

Does heating up my meal preps on the stove count? But in all seriousness, I do cook when I have time, but it’s not fancy. It’s more for fuel because I’m either tired or starving and have a hard time getting creative in the kitchen. My husband, on the other hand, is an amazing chef and his passion for food is beautiful. I am so lucky he’s so talented in that department. I’m more than happy to do the baking and clean up after we enjoy one of his delicious masterpieces.

What types of drink do you order?

Usually a Campari and soda or Negroni to start, and then if there’s a great natural wine selection, I’ll have that. If neither of those are options, a nice tequila on the rocks or with soda, or maybe a Paloma.

Do you prepare drinks at home?

I will usually pop a bottle of red natural wine, an oaky chardonnay, and/or maybe a Campari and soda, mood and weather pending.  But of course, when winter rolls around, you know I’m making eggnog.

Chillin’ With Elysia Rotaru

Chillin’ With Elysia Rotaru

Photo by Jaxon Howell

Do you own a home bar?

Yes. It’s small but tasty. I just built a small shelving unit in our home for the beverages and glassware we collect.

What is your bar stocked with?

Red and white wine, champagne, gin, tequila, soda, a nice whiskey and some Romanian Țuică.

What does your dream bar look like?

Ryan and I are still planning what it will look like when we finally get our home, but we for sure want it to be a MOOD. Leather smoking chairs, marble, wood, brass and epic crystal glasses. Kind of a Great Gatsby vibe. Oh, and plants.

What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

I rarely ever order the same drink, but I’d say something tequila- or gin-based. A good Negroni is always nice or if I’m feeling frisky maybe something with mezcal.

Have you ever been a bartender?

I actually have! Years ago, when I was in university, I worked the bar at a nightclub in Vancouver. It was a fun and crazy experience and I think the hours helped prep me for nights shoots on set in a weird way!

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