Introducing the Cover Star of ELLE Magazine's May Issue, Simone Ashley
Born in Surrey, England, Ashley grew up in a “very quiet household,” she says, but one that was filled with music. “We had a record player, and [my parents] would listen to Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, the Doors, the Rolling Stones.” She also recalls being raised on a steady diet of Disney classics until encountering Quentin Tarantino’s violent revenge fantasy Kill Bill in her early teens, which inspired her to give acting a try. Because she had grown up visiting family in California, Hollywood didn’t seem so distant.
“All I’ve ever really known is moving around and being on my own, but in the most positive way. I enjoy it. And I think that this character, in particular, has a life where she’s had to be on her own quite a bit.”
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