This month BRIEFED interviewed local actress Elysia Rotaru.
BRIEFED: A bit about your background, e.g. where are you from, what you do (modelling/acting or anything else), etc. (to be used for the intro).
ELYSIA: I was born in Vancouver and am a first generation Canadian, both my parents are Romanian (so I get vampire street cred). Where to start… when I was 11 years old I started modelling and concurrently signed up for Army Cadets. I guess that’s a good start to let you know that I like to find a balance between my yin and yang energies. I used to be a competitive pianist up until 19 and then had to put that aside to focus on my university studies. I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in theatre performance and am so proud and lucky to be utilizing my degree #winning! For the last 8 years I’ve been working professionally in the film industry and for the last 3 years have been expanding my craft to include voice over acting. I’ve been coaching and teaching acting in town for 6 years and continue to do so when time permits. I love the rainforest I currently live in and am excited to see where this wonderful adventure of life can take me.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in 2016 so far / something you are proud of?
As 2016 is just getting started my biggest accomplishments are more conceptual. Gaining clarity on what I want to be doing and really feeling and welcoming the concept of trust and gratitude are what I’m really proud of.
What are your goals/plans for the rest of the year and beyond?
I’ve got a lot of goals that I’m putting out there and manifesting. To settle them all in my brain I usually make lists, but I won’t bog you down with those LOL. My top goals:
- Learn Spanish
- Travel more for amazing reasons: work and pleasure.
- Maintain and expand my mental, physical and spiritual goals.
- Collaborate on projects: philanthropic, creative, voice over, film, etc…
- Continue to grow my career and practice my craft by working on great projects with great people.
- Start beekeeping again
What’s your favourite Vancouver restaurant? Favourite area of the city?
I love food, so it’s hard to pick one place but let’s see…
Tavola / Nook are at my top favourites for sure.
The areas I really enjoy these days are the South Granville/False creek area. Close to the water, central enough with a cool edge to it.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Vancouver?
I am in love with the landscape in Vancouver, so you’ll definitely find me outside traversing along the coastal beaches or heading out onto the ocean or lakes for a good SUP and for sure, I’ll be in the trails of the rainforest!
Many Briefed readers come to us with dating questions. What do you think of pick up lines? Good idea or corny?
I love them as long as whoever is saying them is really committing to it. They are awfully wonderful, but…if used on someone not open to that cheese-ball stuff…eeeeek.
What’s the worst pickup line a guy has used on you?
I once had a guy physically pick me up and walk in a straight line. After a few steps he put me down and I asked: “What the hell was that?” He said: “my pickup line?”.
Is it true what many local women say, that Vancouver men are uninteresting and basically suck?
Oooh that’s really harsh, geez… Well I can’t speak for them, but the majority of local women I know in my life might have the opposite response and personally, I don’t resonate with that statement. I think it’s all about perspective for sure and where your own energy and thoughts are. Perhaps some people might need to realign their own energies to attract someone more complimentary!
If there’s one piece of advice you’d give a Vancouver guy who’s trying to improve his chances with the ladies, what would it be?
Be you, be honest, and keep up! Relationships take a lot of work that go beyond material efforts and I believe there is a fine balance that needs to be discovered in honouring your partner and also yourself!
What’s the best thing about living in Vancouver? The worst thing?
Best: The city is small enough to enjoy on your bike in one day and big enough to grow your ideas and make them a reality. There’s a lot of local community support! It’s my hometown! #bonus
Worst: Trying to be a homeowner – Blargh
Anything else you want people to know about you?
I am so grateful for the love and support and know that YOU are awesome. Keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground cause I am all around! Xoxox
Thanks Elysia! To find out more about her, or to follow her happenings, check out her profiles here:
FB: ELYSIA ROTARU
Photo credits: Matt Lawrence Dix