Elise Eberle is the Wild Witch of the Southwest by Shawn Hanna

I’ve often wondered what it might be like to be an actress, to get lost in a role so unlike yourself you might have trouble finding your way back to who you really are. There is some kind of magic happening that I just don’t have the strength to muster, and I envy those who can. Actress, Elise Eberle, has found herself in a lot of roles throughout her career, but the one we are most interested in today is who she is busy being when the cameras aren’t rolling.

This highly styled and oh-so-gorgeous shoot done by photographer, Shawn Hanna, is an ideal way to see her many faces: those expressive eyes, that dewy skin. The images are romantic and dramatic and make her appear like a woodland priestess. Elise chats with us on one of her most interesting moment on television, how she carries New Mexico with her everywhere she goes, and what it takes to paint in her living room. This woman is just as fascinating to talk with as she is to watch on screen.

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Q&A

LF: Where are you right now and what do you see?
EE: My little sanctuary in LA overlooking a priceless view of the Echo Park Lake.

LF: How long have you been in LA? What kind of relationship do you have with the city?
EE: It’s bittersweet. I’ve had a place out here for almost 5 years, which is crazy to even think about, time just flies by in LA.

LF: What are you most excited about right now?
EE: Eggnog

LF: When was a moment in your life/career where you looked around thought, holy shit this is really fucking happening?
EE: My first day on set of Salem season 1: on all 4s in the market place, chained to a leash, acting like a wild animal with an iron muzzle over my newly shaved head in front of 100 background actors. 

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LF: That’s fucking amazing. How did you feel about shaving your head?
EE: It was a new feeling I’ve never felt, both physically and mentally, and all I had to do was shave my head.

LF: What would be a dream project for you?
EE: To learn a new language for a foreign film

LF: Who is your favorite person in the world?
EE: My stylish 92 year grandmother, gams, who still drives and makes art.

LF: If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your days, what would you choose?
EE: America – Greatest Hits

LF: Outside of acting do you keep other creative endeavors?
EE: I keep my easel in our living room for the sole purpose of acting on inspiration.

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LF: You paint? What do you paint? And what does that look like, certain music you play, tea you drink?
EE: Ya! Everything, really. Collage, acrylic, watercolor, oils, charcoal, pencil, pen… you name it. I love still life or landscape, whatever chooses my fancy on that day. I’m normally found sipping on some yogi peach detox or Marriage Freres Marco Polo tea and would be playing an eclectic mix of some Rachmaninoff, The Cure, a little bit of Rhye, A Tribe Called Quest, and then some Pink Floyd for that cherry on top. Just imagine what amazing art can come from a mix like that!

LF: What projects or people are you following that really sparks your interest right now?
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urrently I am inspired by the following artists: Emmanuel Lubeski, Hayley Eichenbaum, Tilda Swinton, Kenneth Lonergan, Cindy Sherman, and Reza Noer Fajar, the ones we love project, WWOOFing, tiny homes, figure drawing classes, and theprotraveler instagram account.

LF: Where is home and how does it feel?
EE: My heart and soul is in my native land, New Mexico.

LF: Where about? That’s a magical place, what of there do you carry with you here
EE: Albuquerque and Taos, I’m a hybrid of the two. I will always be carrying my retablo of Santo Nino de Atocha; my milagros-embellished cross a curandero gave me; a paper mache mask of my totem animal, the gazelle, made by Albuquerque artist, Melvix; and a view with rose colored glasses.

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LF: Life mantra?
EE: I have a tiny wave tattooed on my forearm, symbolizing my favorite quote, “a smooth sea has never made a skilled sailor.” 

LF: Any other tattoos?
EE: That’s the only one for now.

LF: What can you not live without?
EE: My ficus elastic plant.

LF: How do you take your coffee?
EE: With a splash of milk.

LF: How FAST do you live?
EE: Turbo fast. Though, I will always stop to smell the roses.

It’s All Gucci…