Meet our new POPULAR GIRL Elysia Wren. She is only a year out of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has landed the female lead role in the global live tour of Fast & Furious. Before her venture into acting, Elysia was working at Goldman Sachs – fast money to fast cars! She has since had small roles in The Halcyon for ITV, The Doll Master and Black Mirror for Netflix, but Fast & Furious will be her breakthrough performance. The show features the most advanced theatrical technology and all the famous hero cars from across the eight films. Elysia plays South American street racer, Sofia Diaz – an empowering alpha-female character and she even has to drift a car on stage – a Nissan GTR. It is set to be a drama filled and action packed show. Elysia (as Sofia Diaz) and her co-star, actor Mark Ebulué, who plays DSS Agent Dawson, navigate the audience through the plot of the show, engaging them in an immersive and dynamic story line involving hunting down notorious criminal Cain – one of the last remaining thugs from Ciphers crew. The premiere’s at the O2 Arena was on 19th January, and it will then tour all over the UK and globally.
We got to ask Elysia some of our favorite one-on-one questions!
1.What gets you up in the morning? A large cappuccino and eggs royale.
2. Your biggest virtue? I’m empathetic towards people, even at the most difficult times. You never know what someone is going through and I was always brought up to have an awareness and consideration of other people’s feelings.
3. Your biggest vice? My mum. I tell her absolutely everything. I don’t have a secret from her and I go to her for any type of advice; big or small. She will always tell me the truth, when I’m right, when I’m wrong. She is never biased in any situation just because I’m her daughter and I’m so grateful for that. I can always rely on her and I must speak to her at least 3 times a day still! I don’t know what I’d do without her!
4. Do you have a party trick? Can make my tongue into the shape of a three leaf clover.
5. How would you describe your style? Classic, fitted, a little sexy and often with a black polo-neck.
6. What would constitute a perfect day for you? Naturally waking up early, cooking a huge breakfast (I LOVE cooking breakfast, eggs royale is my specialty), and strolling around London or New York; brunching, going to the park, being a tourist where I live on a very sunny cold day.
7. What would your very last meal entail? This is going to sound so boring…but it would have to be a jacket potato with loads of salty butter, half melted chunks of cheddar, topped with tuna mayonnaise.
8. Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner? Graham Norton, Joan Rivers and George Michael.
9. Turn ons? Sushi, winter coats, champagne, New York, lazy days, crime documentaries, burrata
10. Turn offs? Loud speaker phone calls in public, kitten heels, liquorice, licking the knife at dinner, sharing bottled drinks, busy tubes.
11. Tell us a secret. My nickname is Bug. When I was born I had thick black hair and was bright red with eczema all over my body and my dad said affectionately to my brother ‘she’s a little bit of an ugly bug’; fortunately the ‘ugly’ bit was dropped, but the ‘Bug’ bit stuck.
12. Your favorite quote? “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” A. A. Milne
13. An embarrassing moment? I used to play a lot of hockey when I was younger, and in training we would wear tracksuit bottoms over our skirts when it was cold. One day I’d forgotten my skirt so only had my tracksuit on. I was unfortunately also wearing a very tiny and sheer thong that day. We would always joke around in training and one of my friends without knowing I wasn’t wearing a skirt ran up behind me and pulled down my trousers in the middle of training. My male hockey coach was then faced with my naked bum and partly because I didn’t want to bend over (for obvious reasons!) to pull my trousers and partly because we all couldn’t move from laughing I must have been stuck there for what seemed like an eternity and also much longer than anyone would have liked….!
14. Your proudest moment? Taking a group of disabled children on a trip to Lourdes in France when I was 17 with my school. Although it was a while ago now, it remains one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things I have ever done. I formed a close bond with the girl I specifically looked after on the trip and it’s something I always hold close to my heart.
15. Could you tell us more about some of the projects you are working on? Currently playing Sofia Diaz in Fast and Furious Live. I’m a South American street racer, a real alpha female, who is working with a DSS agent James Dawson to catch a criminal. The show opens in the O2 on the 19th January and then will be going on a global tour. It’s an amazing groundbreaking show and the car stunts and special effects are incredible. For fans of the films or for people who have never seen them, it’s such an experience; you get to see a Fast and Furious film performed live in front of you.