Based on the fairy tale, the live-action movie follows the fortunes of young Ella (James) whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera) into the family home.
But when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.
The 26-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress was joined for the relaxing trip by her sister Melissa. Not only did they soak up the sun, but they enjoyed fruity coconut drinks, delicious food, and some sisterly bonding time!
She’ll star alongside Diego Luna in the film, which is set to start production sometime this year, and tells the story of a girl’s coming of age while examining the dangers of humanity’s current relationship with the planet.
Elle will play the teen surviving as one of the last people on an abandoned post-cataclysmic Earth, who is racing to find a cure for her poisoned home world before the last shuttle off the planet to the distant human space colony leaves her stranded.
Jessica Meraz shows some leg in this new feature for the March 2015 issue of NKD magazine.
The Chasing Life actress opened up to the glossy about the show and the impact it’s had. Check it:
On how she started acting: “I started doing theater at 7. I did theater all of my life, and then my junior year I went to camp out here [in California] for the summer, and then I came out here for college at USC.”
On Chasing Life: “It was tackling such a serious issue while having all of these really funny parts. It was such an entertaining script. I remember finishing the pilot, before my character was even part of it, and it was just a script that, even just from reading it, really moved you, and it was funny at the same time. It’s a really well-written show, Joni [Lefkowitz] and Susanna [Fogel] are bad ass writers. They wrote a play before that I had read and another really good script.”
On what she’s learned from the show: “I’ve learned how cancer affects everybody. It gives another level to the show, that we’re not just entertaining but we can also use it as a platform to let people know that they’re not alone, especially if they are a young adult going through this. Sister relationships are complicated, and you really get to see that. It’s family and there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs. Sometimes they get to connect, and they’re really not going to see eye to eye other times.”