Today we’d like to introduce you to Elena Pavli.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Elena. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Indeed! It’s a very good place to start! I went to drama school in London (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and I started out acting mostly in theatre and TV after I graduated. I was also part of a sort of avante garde theatre company called The Factory and I started writing short plays for them. At the same time, I applied for the young writer’s program at The Royal Court Theatre and that’s when I had the idea for my first full length play The Bad, the Sad and The Broken- Hearted. That play was on at Soho Theatre in London and at the Steve Allen Theatre in LA. That’s where I met my agent Marissa and she put me up for the job on Snatch, a TV show based on the Guy Ritchie movie.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has definitely not been a smooth road! I grew up in Sydney, Australia as one of three sisters in a single parent family. My Mum had to work a lot but she instilled a love of movies that turned me into the obsessive cinephile I am today!
I actually got a scholarship to drama school in London after high school and I moved over to London on my own with about £100, which sounds a little crazy but I don’t regret it! The move to LA was also not particularly well planned but I’m glad I did it! Do you see a theme running here?!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I usually write with a comedic slant but at the moment I’m working on a TV series with singer/songwriter Nasri Atweh. It’s a dramedy about the nitty gritty of the music industry. I’m also adapting my play, which is a comedy western for TV. When it was on as a play in LA, it was directed by Martin Starr and had an awesome cast including Seth Rogen, Kumail Nanjiani and Dina Shihabi. I’m really proud of that show and it’s where I first met my agent Marissa. Meeting her really changed my life, she’s the best.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
As I’ve already mentioned, my agent Marissa Fine really believed in me from the beginning and helped me make the transition into TV. She also introduced me to my manager Samantha Starr, who is equally as brilliant. Sam puts up with my crazy ideas and helps me shape them into reality!
I’m also super lucky to have a brilliant Mom who is is my biggest cheerleader along with my sisters. I have so many friends who are actors and writers who have been amazing collaborators, too many to mention but I have to mention the brilliant actor Tom Payne who invited Marissa to my play in the first place and let me crash at his place in LA when I first moved over. He’s starring on Prodigal Son at the moment but I really hope we can work together soon!
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The black and white photo is courtesy of Synergy Theatre Company from The Play Den Of Thieves. The rest are courtesy of Faye Thomas Photography