Elyssia Koulouris is an actress from Australia. She has worked as an actress from the time when she was nine years old, making her debut performance at The Arts Center Melbourne. She went on to study at St. Martins Youth Centre, VCA (Victorian College of the Arts), NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) and completed her arts degree at the University of Melbourne. She received rave reviews and recognition for many roles she played during college, including Union House’s production of Third Person. Shortly after graduation Elyssia was cast in her first feature film, Quanta, directed by Nathan Dalton. The movie was a finalist in the Oz Flix Independent Film Awards. It is about a physicist whose life-long work becomes successful when he is forced to work with a brilliant young assistant. Ego problems arise and begins to upend the partnership as they receive an unknown signal from outer space.
Shortly after moving to Los Angeles with the express purpose of becoming a professional film actress, she won the leading female role in the TV series Death Squad, directed by Daniel Goldman and produced by Clayton Turnage for Academy Films. That 13-episode production was shot in Armenia in two months and it is set to be released in 2020. She feels very fortunate to have been able to travel to that country and touch another culture, so to speak. It also taught Elyssia that she can adapt to any schedule even if it is as tight and as quick as shooting that series was. She learned to work fast and efficiently and she came out of the whole experience feeling that it was wonderful.
She grew up watching and being influenced by Natalie Portman, Ewan Leslie and Audrey Hepburn and she would love to work with Ms. Portman and a fellow Aussie, Nicole Kidman, who has also inspired and influenced her. She fell in love at an early age with the beauty of our language through the reading of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, which also helped her to see the power, elegance and artistry of words in theatre and film. When asked what advice she would give to aspiring actors, this humble thespian said to just be yourself! She also added that working hard is extremely necessary for success in any field but particularly in the highly competitive entertainment industry. Being kind, she said, is also an important ingredient in this business.