EXCLUSIVE: Actress, Dancer, Singer and Martial Artist: A Conversation with the Multi-talented Laura Ellen Wilson
Laura Ellen Wilson is an Actress and Martial Artist known for her roles in the horror genre. Since 2011, Laura travelled the world as a Dancer/Singer on both cruise ships and on land and has, just this year, returned back to England to take on acting full time. Known for roles in the extremes - strong and determined to emotionally vulnerable - Laura enjoys a wide variety of challenges and looks forward to many more.
In our interview, Laura tells us The Fan Carpet about her defining moment to get into the industry, her time on Cruise Ships and what she has coming up including the in development feature Toll House Horrors...
If we go back to the beginning, was there a defining moment for you to get into the Film Industry?
Actually yes! There was a 'kind of' moment and an 'absolutely' moment. The 'kind of' moment was when I was 11, I started to watch BBC1's Casualty and I just loved it. The 'absolutely' moment was when I was 13, the martial arts club which I trained at made a promotional film for the club. I played the lead and knew that was exactly what I wanted to do. Basically, I started acting because I wanted to be on Casualty and the promotional film reaffirmed that dream!
Toll House Horrors is currently in development, what can you tell us about the film, and where you fit into the story?
It is and I am very excited for this! I received the script through a few weeks ago and it is an incredible read. Unfortunately, I can't reveal much, only that it is a spiritual horror and I play the supporting role of Dr. Sandra Artemis - and it's gonna be amazing!
You’re a Martial Artist as well, which style do you practice? Do you revel in the chance to bring this skill into your roles?
I practice Kung Fu - a mixture of Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun and Lau Gar. I've also had the incredible experience of training with Dan Inosanto, the first student of Bruce Lee. I have shot 2 short films which incorporate my martial arts skills and I would absolutely love to do more!
You spent some time on cruise ships, can you tell us about your experiences?
I always knew that I wanted to perform. When I was a child, my family and I used to go on holiday with Haven Holidays. I remember the very first time I saw the dancers in the shows there and I told my mum, that was what I wanted to do. Cruise Ships are the ultimate challenge! Try doing a triple pirouette when there is a rough sea! I will always treasure my memories on board - from my fellow performers to the guests and also the wonderful destinations. It is an exciting and thrilling way to travel, live and pursue a lifelong dream.
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We'll be watching Laura's career closely, and you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter: @Lauraa_E_Wilson