ELLA.CARROLL-SMITH

Updated: Sep 13, 2019

Ella is a lovely human from Pennsylvania. She has a horse called Henry. She works in the writers room on a new secret DC Comics show for HBO Max. She spent her first few years in L.A. on Gotham, learning the ropes of Hollywood from her boss and mentor John Stephens. She, like the rest of us, totally loves the Great British Baking Show.



What brought you to LA?


I always knew I wanted to write for TV, but for a long time I was scared to pursue it. Writing professionally just didn’t seem practical. I didn’t even know how to get started – the entertainment industry felt so distant and unattainable. So, I tried the more traditional route for a while and got a job at an insurance company, but I was miserable. Finally, I decided that I’d rather try and pursue my dream of writing and fail than always wonder “What if?” In August of 2016, I packed my car full and set out on the cross-country trek from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles. It has definitely been an adventure, with its fair share of ups and downs. But it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. 


What is the biggest misconception about you?


Hmm. I’m a pretty honest person, but I do tend to hide my emotions so that people often think I’m very chill and easy-going all the time. Which I am to an extent, but I also overthink everything and worry constantly about life. On the surface, I may seem calm, cool, and collected. But rest assured that beneath that veneer, I’m most likely freaking out about something inconsequential, like that awkward elevator encounter from last week.

If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing?


I like to think I’d be a lawyer. My mom’s a lawyer and I actually signed up to take the LSAT in college, but then didn’t study at all and chickened out the day of! Also, I’m very good at coming up with excuses to get out of things (don’t tell my boss though!)

What gives you hope?


Open-mindedness.

What was the last show you binge watched?


I honestly think it was the Great British Baking Show. It makes me so happy! Even though I’m terrible at baking. But as far as scripted TV goes, the last show I binged was Dead to Me. Christina Applegate’s performance is out of this world.

"...I packed my car full and set out on the cross-country trek from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles. It has definitely been an adventure, with its fair share of ups and downs. But it’s the best decision I’ve ever made." 

Who do you look up to in the industry?


I really look up to my boss, John Stephens. He’s one of the hardest workers and also kindest humans I know. He takes on a lot but even when he’s stressed, he never takes it out on those around him. He’s always been very supportive of the people who work for him and I don’t think I’d be where I am today without his help and encouragement.  

What is something people don't know about you, but you wish they did?


I love to read but am terrible at choosing books. Send me all of your book recommendations!


What can people expect from you in 2020?


I’d like to get staffed on a TV show or get a freelance script by next year. Here’s hoping!

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