EXCLUSIVE! We spoke to Crown Lake's Ellie Zeiler about her experiences on set


Season Three of Brat TV's Crown Lake is in full swing, and we cannot get enough of the drama. From heartstopping plot-twists to OMG moments (and there have been plenty of those, trust), each new episode has us wondering what's happening next. We sat down with Ellie Zeiler to dish about everything from the vibes on-set (spoiler alert: they're amazing) to her own high school experience. 

Girls' Life: So tell us about what drew you to acting on Crown Lake.
I've always been interested in acting, but I didn't really know where to start. Getting to work with Brat TV was such a special experience because they really value creators and their jobs outside of acting. They make everyone feel so comfortable on set. Obviously, it was my first time acting, but I felt so safe. Filming was a really special experience.

GL: What role do you play on Crown Lake
Ellie: I play Ari, who is one of three sisters. She's actually a legacy at the school, and she ends up having a crush on someone, but it gets out. While Ari's experiencing those feelings and understanding her sexuality more, she also helps Molly discover a pretty big secret.

GL: What do you hope fans heart about the show?
Ellie: I'm really excited for people to see a show that they can actually relate to. There's one scene in particular that really stood out to me while filming. My character is walking down the school hallway, and everyone is just staring at her. Of course, I don't *hope* that anyone relates to this moment, but I'm sure it's something that everyone experiences at one time in their life. 


GL: Definitely. What advice would you give to teens about navigating high school?
Ellie: I know it's so cliché to say, but it's very important to protect yourself and continue being authentically you. High school can be hard, but you also want to make the most of your four years there. Don't lose yourself during that time. Focusing on learning and growing into the best version of yourself instead.

GL: What are your plans for the future?
Ellie: I definitely want to explore acting even more, and I'd love to be in a movie—that's my goal. I'm also graduating high school this year and focusing on my everyday social media job. 

GL: Congratulations! And what message do you have for Crown Lake fans?
Ellie: Keep watching Season 3!

Stream Crown Lake Season 3 now!

Slider image via @brat on Instagram | Parts of this interview were edited and condensed for clarity.


by Katherine Hammer and Lena Genovese | 5/2/2022