After Ellary's show, Hidden Palms, was not renewed, Ellary attended Duke University in the fall of 2007.
Ellary's character of Liza in Hidden Palms was originally supposed to be a boy who barely spoke, but because the casting directer has such a connection with her they completely changed that character and created Liza.
Ellary is on the speech/debate team.
Ellary collects vintage clothing, hats, and suitcases.
Beginning in January Ellary will start shooting for a role in the NBC comedy pilot, "Baraboo 2010" in which she will play a psycho cheerleader.
Ellary spent two months just auditioning in LA for a TV role. Now, because of school intensifying, she only sends down tapes for auditioning rather than spending time away from home.
Ellary was discovered at a talent search called, "Best New Talent".
Ellary was discovered in 2001 at a talent competition in Los Angeles.
Along with her brother Harlan, Ellary attends high school in Bend, Oregon.
Ellary enjoys rocking out to old tunes, knitting and reading.
Whenever free, Ellary loves spending time with her family.
Ellary made her feature film debut in 2005 in the movie The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. And she made her television debut in 2003 in the TV series Stuck in the Middle With You.
Ellary claims her birth place, Bend, to be the best place in the world to live.
Ellary was discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles in the year 2001.
Her nickname is Elle.
Ellary is 5'6" (1.68 m).
She has a brother, Harlan.
Her parents are Walt and Traci Porterfield.
Was discovered by her manager after doing an impression of her seventh-grade teacher.
For her work in The Prize Winner of Defiance, she had to have short dark hair that required her to have 7 hair-cuts and 3 dye-jobs.
She has been a vegetarian since birth.
Ellary: (On her feelings towards why she thinks Hidden Palms will be a success) It was ultimately the writing that made it so amazing, that's what makes any show amazing to me, it's the writing.
Ellary: 10 years from now I can see myself continuing my pursuit for success and happiness. Right now I am happy in the moment, and I hope 10 years from now that has not changed. That is all I can ask for.
Ellary: I just love the small-town feeling. I love that I get to go off and have these thrilling adventures, then come home to a place where every other person isn't in the movie business. It's a nice dose of reality for me.
Ellary: What I love about acting is that there is a new challenge everyday.
Ellary: (about her experience of filming The Prize Winner) The entire experience was such a joy.
Ellary: (on her reaction to seeing The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio) You can ask me after the screening how I liked it, but I doubt I'll be very objective.
Ellary: (on what she learned after working with Julianne Moore) That there is no such thing as acting, only reacting.
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