Elisa

Humble, hard-working and taking on Hollywood: Rising actor Elisa Lasowski talks to Pip Usher.

Elisa Lasowski is not your average up-and-coming actor. Last summer, the star of salacious new period drama Versailles—which is, rather fittingly, the most expensive TV show that France has ever produced—found herself in Los Angeles. Instead of hanging around Hollywood, she rented a car and drove into the desert, alone, for six days. “I found a radio channel that was playing all the road trip classics like Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC and Nirvana,” she recalls. There were no paparazzi-friendly nightclubs, no deluge of Instagram selfies. It was just Elisa, her car and some rock songs on the radio.

Chasing fame seems to rank low on Elisa’s list of priorities. She has a private Instagram account, her Twitter presence is sporadic and she’s partial to a board game in her spare time. Th...

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