“I work with famous names, but don’t get starstruck too often”

Elva Trill starred in the Jurassic franchise and worked with big names in Hollywood and considers herself lucky in every moment. She talks to Eugene Masterson about fame, fashion and finding love

Fast forward a few decades and Elva was walking by a cabin on a studio lot in Pinewood getting ready for her role in Jurassic World Dominion when she first saw Jeff Goldblum, an idol of her youth.

“I could hear the most beautiful piano playing and only realized it was him when he stuck his head out the window one day to say hello as I walked past,” she recalls. “I ended up chatting with him through a window. He was so charming and charismatic.

Most recently, Elva toured Italy opposite the famous Baldwin brothers, Alec and Billy. It was one of Alec’s first roles since the horrific accident he was involved in that resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust Last year.

Elva had worked on several projects with Billy before and became good friends of his, but this was her first time working with Alec.

“He’s a very professional actor,” she says. “I haven’t spoken to him at all about any of this (the accident), obviously. It was a pleasure to work with him, actually – the two brothers together.

“I think one of the first movies I saw him was in Glengarry Glen Rossand he’s such an amazing actor, it’s amazing to work with people like that.

“We shot two films in a row, they are films for children. One is called Santa Sherlock. These are Christmas movies for children.

Playing alongside Alec Baldwin and Jeff Goldblum is a far cry from the days of Elva traveling from her home in Ballymote in County Sligo, taking the train to Dublin for acting lessons and rehearsals.

Since then she has appeared in the likes of Course of action, Ripper Street and Deletionalongside stars like Adrian Dunbar, Matthew Macfayden and Amy Huberman.

Whether it’s an Irish or English big name or a Hollywood superstar, Elva is usually unfazed, but there may be times when she admits she thinks she lives in the land of the dreams.

“It’s surreal, you have to pinch yourself a little,” she smiles. “Strangely, at the same time, when you make plans with these people, it’s almost like ‘there’s such and such’. That’s fine, but that starstruck feeling doesn’t last very long because it’s just people. They are friendly, adorable and talented. You’re just sort of suspended.

Elva has been described by some observers as an Irish Angelina Jolie due to her looks, and she likes to experiment, both in fashion and in her hair.

“I’m redhead (haired) at the minute for the new project we’ve done in Dublin, Northern Lights,” she explains. “My usual color is a dark blonde.

“We just finished Northern Lights and it will air next year. Stephen Jones is an actor in it, he also wrote it, and he plays the main male role.

“I play the first woman, her name is Aine. The premise is that two people meet, they almost go through their own traumas and meet and create a kind of traumatic bond with each other.

“It was really lovely (to be) back in Ireland. It’s great to have a reason to be back. I’ve never filmed on the streets of Dublin, so it was really interesting. It was very energetic and cool, and we were out at night.

Elva, who is shy about her age but is in her late twenties, confirms that she pretty much lives in a suitcase between Ireland, London, America and wherever work takes her.

“I’m in Dublin at the moment, until this is over. I think I’ll be going back to London until maybe after Christmas unless I get a job because I think there’s a job soon that will take me to London so I’m just waiting for that fire green,” she reveals.

“I’m studying psychology right now so I don’t have much time. This is a full time course with DCU that I am doing online. It’s great to have, I really like the subject, and I associate it with sociology. If that doesn’t work, I’m toying with the idea of ​​doing forensic psychology. It would be really interesting. My uncle was a crime scene forensic scientist.

She adds that her career is a step-by-step process.

“You put one foot in front of the other. I don’t think there is any illusion. There are still job gaps. It’s an actor’s life, you just have to agree with that. Some jobs are exciting. It’s great to work.

For her role as scientist Charlotte Lockwood, she had the last screen appearance in Jurassic World Dominionwhich, according to its creators, is the last of the blockbuster films, and it has graced the red carpets in Hollywood and London in the creations of Irish designer Paul Costelloe.

“He’s such an amazing designer,” she beams. “I was so grateful because it was a last minute thing. I didn’t know what the protocol was and what I had to wear, so at the very last minute he had me come to his London base and allowed me to try on his brand new collection and I got to choose the ones I wanted so I wore a beautiful dress of him to the Leicester Square premiere and then another beautiful dress to the LA premiere Chinese Theatre, which was lovely.

“Honestly, so many people complimented this dress. Even one of the leading actresses in it, Dichen Lachman. She was toying with the idea of ​​asking Paul to dress her for ComicCon after seeing what I was wearing.

She loves clothes and experimenting with her outfits, especially since she also sings with a few rock bands.

“A mix of everything is fine,” she replies when asked about her signature style. “I try to stay away from fast fashion, it’s quite difficult. I’m a grungy girl with a t-shirt and jeans.

Given that she plays and also likes to lead bands, she laughs when compared to Juliette Lewis.

“She’s classy. Aiming for a career like she did would be ideal,” she says.

Elva would like to do theater again, as well as other projects.

“I haven’t done theater for a long time but I would like to do it again. I would like to get back to it soon. I would love to do musicals,” she says.

The beauty and the Beast is my preferred. Aladdin and The little Mermaid. I can’t wait for the new The little Mermaid to get out. I would love to play something light.

She also likes to cook.

“I love food. I love to cook. Italian food is my weak point. A dish I love is the ultimate feel-good meal. My height looks like it too,” she adds with a laugh.

“I started training with a trainer at Sandymount called Paul Moran, and it’s really nice. I just think it’s good for your mind more than anything else, I always feel so good after that.

The photogenic star admits she’s currently single, but is ready to one day settle down with the man of her dreams.

“If that happens, I will be happy,” admits Elva. “I hope that will be the case. Like anyone. Listen, if I could meet the beast, who is gruff on the outside but sensitive on the inside, of course.


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