Ballet russe

1 May

This gorgeous concoction’s name means Russian Ballet. More on that in a moment.
First I must bore you with my actor life. I will summarize the reading I acted in last night for the WGA Writer’s Access Project finalist scripts with this word: fan-friggin’-tastic. I felt extremely honored to be working with such awesome writers, actors, and directors. And there was a girl acting in another scene who is recurring on The Mindy Project which is a show I so need to be on so I was in awe.
And now, here is what I originally wrote for today’s post:

Us actors will sell you a load of fantasies if you let us.

Particularly about how we look. Why, I wake up with smashing black rock n roll eyeliner. That has only dripped halfway down my face in a badass way.
It did not take a hair dryer and flat iron to create this look. Oh no no, I am a wicked version of Patti Smith effortlessly:

Hollywood especially likes to lie to us about people’s bodies and what they eat. That’s why the Sex in the City ladies can down Cosmos and the calories don’t count.

And Russian ballerinas drink these and then put on those pointe shoes.

I cannot really do pointe anymore. There comes a time in a dancer’s life when she gains just enough sanity to realize that keeping all her toenails might be nice.

But ja, ya, yes I can make a killer drink called the Ballet Russe. Perhaps drink it with this Russian Mushroom-Egg dish?!

Make it, drink it. It will make you lovely and graceful…in your head. Sometimes that is all you need anyway.

Ballet Russe (From The Ultimate Bar Book by Mittie Hellmich
1 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. creme de framboise
1 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup (or if you live in reality and would like to pretend this is lo-cal 2 Tbsp. Splenda dissolved in 2 Tbsp. H2O.
Shake over ice, strain and sip. You go, twinkle toes.

6 Responses to “Ballet russe”

  1. Nadiya @ Milk and Honey on the Run May 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Oh Hollywood! There’s definitely a lot that goes on behind the scenes.

    Losing toenails when doing pointe? That’s crazy! I was watching this documentary with my grandma about Russian ballet and it’s crazy what those girls had to go through. All the injuries and apparently them having to break some bone in their feet. Don’t remember what that was all about.

    • Ellen May 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      Oh man, Russian ballet is notorious for teaching a very damaging style of ballet thy essentially ruins you after the age of ,say, twenty. Nowadays people are getting smart about it but occasionally you’ll run across an old-school teacher who will wrench your turnout in a way that kills your knees…

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Kate@Diethood May 5, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    You still look absolutely gorgeous!!
    That Russian ballet thingamajig can kill you… so I’ve heard… good thing you gave it up. AND it would suck to live without toenails. 😀

    • Ellen May 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      Aw, thank you! And yeah, toe nails are cool;)

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Sabrina Bolin (@MyMiBoSo) May 7, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    I love your toenails! 😉

    I especially love the fact that you are ROCKIN’ it with the amazing energy you are creating around your life as an actress! You blow my mind – in the best way.

    • Ellen May 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      Aw, shucks! Thank you Sabrina. You blow my mind too. Thanks for stopping by the ol’ blog with your sweet comments!

      Sent from my iPhone

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