Elisha Applebaum's casting for 'Fate: The Winx Saga' was met with criticisms, but the young star is proving herself worthy of the role. Get to know her more behind the camera.
Elisha Applebaum has just landed her biggest role to date in Netflix's 'Fate: The Winx Saga.' However, what is supposed to be her biggest break was met with criticism after the show received backlash from viewers who accused them of whitewashing.
Despite the initial rough reactions, Elisha has continued to mark her name in the industry, and in the process, she has earned the love and admiration of her fans.
Who is Elisha Applebaum behind the camera? Here are 11 interesting facts you should know about Elisha Applebaum.
The Netflix series is Elisha Applebaum's first TV break! She appeared in minor roles in movies and short films, but 'Fate: The Winx Saga' is her first TV appearance. She is very happy to share a similar momentous experience with her co-stars.
"Elisha Applebaum: It was amazing. I think that we were all in very similar positions in which this was a lot of our big first moment to prove ourselves as actors and come into a space that’s very new, and we were all very nervous and very excited. We all leaned on each other, which was very nice," Elisha told Brieftake.
...and she is very good at it! Elisha shared some of her poems on her Instagram, which was greatly admired by her fans.
See the poetic side of Elisha through her poem below.
Elisha met Precious during auditions and have since become friends. When they both got the part, the two spent even more time together, strengthening their newfound friendship even more.
The success of 'Fate: The Winx Saga' has ushered in a new level of fame for Elisha. She currently has more than 419K followers on Instagram, and her photos easily get an average of 100k likes.
However, it seems like the vanity metrics do not matter to the actress. She only has over 30 pictures on the platform as of this writing, which isn't much considering she has joined the platform back in 2014. Too bad for fans who could not get enough of her.
Elisha Applebaum loves riding the skateboard, and she is so good at it. She shared the video of one of her skateboard motions, and it's among her most liked posts on Instagram.
Elisha Applebaum has just started working in front of the spotlight, so there is not much information available about her. One thing we know is that she is from Watford, United Kingdom.
Elisha has been known for using her voice to empower change. She has supported the Black Lives Matter movement during protests and also advocates mental health. In an interview, she said that conversations about these matters are important.
"I think it’s so important to have the conversation. If something is brewing, if something is not being talked about, you talk about it. That’s the only way you can make it non-alien. If something is alien, then chat about it and that’s the way to get aware."
During an interview with HeyUGuys, Elisha was asked if she's thankful that she didn't go to school as a teenager now, knowing how much pressure social media brings to students in a class.
Elisha quickly answered:
"Oh my goodness, yeah. Also what the younger generation has to live up to now with regards to how we look and how we express ourselves is so different, and it's all about what it looks like in a four-by-six frame. It's horrible,"
Elisha's casting for the role of Musa in 'Fate: The Winx Saga' suffered a backlash from people who accused the show of whitewashing. In the animated series, Musa's appearance was inspired by Lucy Liu and appears to be Asian. Although Elisha is partly Singaporean, people aren't happy with her predominantly white features.
She said that the backlash affected her admitting"it’s really sad to see that fans were upset with the casting.”
But she hopes that they will see past the controversy and continue to be more open-minded.
“I wasn’t involved in the casting but I hope that what they’ve seen and how I’ve portrayed Musa was to their liking.”
“I’ve only seen great reviews back from them so they’ve been open-minded from what I’ve created, so I hope that it continues to be that way.”
Elisha Applebaum has found an incredible friendship in Amelia Eve. Amelia starred as Jamie Taylor, the dry-witted gardener of Netflix's horror drama series 'The Haunting of Bly Manor'.
According to Elisha, she and Amelia used to see each other almost every week just to talk about life and share notes about upcoming auditions.
"It was a weird one, actually, my friend, Amelia [Eve], she has done a Netflix series (The Haunting of Bly Manor), and she and I, we were meeting up almost every week and just chatting about life and egging each other on, telling each other we can do it, and we were giving each other auditions (and still are), but we sat in her garden and were like: we can do this, it’s gonna happen, we can feel it."
Elisha's serious when it comes to using her voice for conversations that matter. She's started a podcast in February to talk about "how women haven’t had a voice in the industry and we’re starting to (do this) and how we can continue that and create a bigger platform for us."