We had the good fortune of connecting with Elaina Adrianna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elaina, why did you pursue a creative career?
Acting has always been in my bones. I’ve tried so many different things in life, a myriad of sports, playing different instruments, but nothing really stuck like acting did. I started acting when I was little in Germany. My family was stationed in Hanau and with a deployed father, a full-time working mother, and a brother in afterschool sports, I needed something to fill my time. I remember first auditioning for the theater. They were putting on a performance of Babes in Toyland. I was so nervous but so excited to get up on stage and be in the spotlight. I remember the feeling of first stepping on the stage, the bright stage lights blinding me only for a few moments then, the audience slowly fading into view. They leaned in to see what would happen next, hanging on to every movement and word slipping from my mouth. It was invigorating. It still is! I’ve chosen to stay on this path because that feeling never goes away. It only intensifies with the challenges of new roles and different people I get to become. They all have such incredible backgrounds and full lives that I get the chance to explore and step into with each new project. The incredible thing about this kind of career is living a hundred different lifetimes within my one. I can’t see how anyone wouldn’t want to do that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think my Venezuelan and Brazilian background definitely sets me apart and I hope I get to show that on film one day. I speak Spanish fluently and I would love to take on a role that allows me to showcase how versatile I am. I also keep up with learning new skills as often as I can. Whether it is martial arts, playing instruments, or finding a new hobby, I’m always expanding my knowledge and teaching myself new things to potentially use in a role. The road to get here has definitely not been easy. With any career, there are bumps along the way. But I think those who take on acting careers have to develop very thick skin and get used to hearing “no” a lot. Because you do. You hear “no” far more often than you hear “yes”, and you just have to keep pushing and believing that you can do this. You have to keep reminding people that you’re here and ready to take on roles even though they may not think you’re right for them. It’s a constant push to build relationships, hone in on your craft and of course, a heap of luck. But if you love what you do, it’s worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve been all over the world and there’s nowhere like LA! First up, The Grove! It’s so nearby and I love the vibe there. It’s one of the places I fell in love with when I first landed in LA and it’s still a favorite of mine. Next, I’d have to take them over to The Venice Whaler for some of the best burgers in town. Also, Duke’s up in Malibu is a great location. The water crashing up on the rocks while you sip on a drink is unmatched. I’d have to say a hike up to the Observatory is well worth it. I went for the first time a few weeks back and it was such a gorgeous view of the city. If you’re looking for an amazing dinner, Takami Sushi is one of best I’ve had. If you want to get a unique LA experience, No Vacancy is your spot or party all night on the Westside. And finally, nothing beats a trip to Disneyland!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d have to dedicate my successes to my family. They’ve been incredibly supportive throughout my entire journey and they still continue to be. They’ve helped me make crucial decisions, sacrificed for me, traveled all the way to Cannes, France, to see my film. You name it. I can’t thank them enough for their endless and undying encouragement to see me succeed in this industry. I also have to thank my multitude of acting teachers, my agents and manager, my wonderful partner, and all the friends I’ve come to meet along the way.