Bauman at Fan Expo Canada in 2015
|Born||Elise Janae Bauman
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Elise Bauman is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Laura Hollis, the lead character of the popular vampire-themed web series Carmilla. She also co-starred in the 2016 film, Almost Adults, as Mackenzie.
Bauman began working professionally in the theatre from an early age. In 2009, she made the move to New York City to further her studies, she attended Circle in the Square Theatre School, where she was cast as Anya in the graduating classes’ production of The Cherry Orchard, performed on Circle in the Square Theatre’s Broadway Stage. In the fall, she returned to the stage once again in Red One Theatre Collective’s The Skriker, by Caryl Churchill, which garnered rave reviews and was rated 5 N’s in NOW Magazine.
In 2014, Bauman was cast as the lead character Laura Hollis, the naive and headstrong student of Silas University, in the Canadian web series Carmilla, based on the 1871 Gothic vampire novella of the same name by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. The series has become popular online for its depiction of LGBT characters and has been viewed over 45 million times on the KindaTV YouTube channel, attracting over 200,000 fans worldwide. When interviewed about how she feels playing a queer character in a series that isn’t about being queer, Bauman said:
You don’t see any of the characters being ostracized because of it [their sexuality]. In a way, it’s exactly the opposite of what happens on other shows. Their sexuality isn’t the thing that is sticking out about them. It’s the norm. I think that is so refreshing and that it is so wonderful to see…
On February 13, 2016, it was announced that Carmilla will air its third and final season in the summer of 2016. In 2016, the series won a Canadian Screen Award and a Rockie Award for Branded Content at the Banff World Media Festival.
As a result of Carmilla‘s popularity online, Bauman has garnered much attention on social media for her role, primarily on Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram, where she has since amassed more than 100,000 combined followers. In 2015, Bauman was placed 9th on AfterEllen‘s Hot 100 List.
She co-starred in the feature film Almost Adults, alongside her Carmilla co-star Natasha Negovanlis, directed by Sarah Rotella and written by Adrianna DiLonardo from Unsolicited Projects. Bauman portrayed the character Mackenzie, a 22-year old lesbian, who just embraced her sexuality and tries to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years while struggling to keep her friendship with her lifelong best friend, Cassie(Natasha Negovanlis), as they begin growing apart. Almost Adults was released through multiple Film Festivals in 2016 and through multiple online platforms (such as Vimeo on demand, iTunes, Google Play, etc.) on February 7, 2017.
In 2016, She started collaborating with Ellevan and released songs through Bandcamp under the artist name Elise Bauman x Ellevan
|2013||Everything’s Gonna Be Pink||Feature film|
|2014–2016||Carmilla||Laura Hollis||Main role|
|2014||Worst Thing I Ever Did||Fallon||(TV Series)|
|2014||The Skriker||Girl skriker|
|2015||Face the Music||Amanda||Series|
|2016||Almost Adults||Mackenzie||Main role; feature film|
|2016||Slasher||Elise||Guest role; 1 episode|
|2016||Below Her Mouth||Bridget||Feature film|
|2016||Paper Crane||Main Role; Short Film|
|2017||Carmilla The Movie||Laura Hollis||Main Role; Release Date TBA|
|2014||AfterEllen Visibility Awards||Best Lesbian/Bi Ally||Won|