Ellen Feiss is all growed up.
January 31, 2007 9:29 PM   Subscribe

"A multinational company obviously doesn’t want to be associated with weed. Their instructions made me want to capitalize on it though." Ellen Feiss, formerly the Apple Girl, is now in college and doing just fine, according to this amusing years-later interview on the whole sorta-phenomenon. Previously.
posted by Sticherbeast (44 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
She was in a short French film. I read about it on the internets.
posted by GavinR at 9:37 PM on January 31, 2007


beepbeepbeepbeepbeepbeepbeepbeep!
posted by daninnj at 9:45 PM on January 31, 2007


I wonder if all that unwanted male attention at age 14 is responsible for the crypto-lesbian vibe she exudes in that interview.
posted by kenoshakid at 9:46 PM on January 31, 2007


hubba, hubba
posted by localhuman at 9:47 PM on January 31, 2007


She doesn't seem all that jazzed about her film. Odd.
posted by unixrat at 9:47 PM on January 31, 2007


In addition to the one everyone's seen she also did one for the Powerbook that never aired.
posted by Rhomboid at 9:52 PM on January 31, 2007


I miss the days when "15 minutes" wasn't just a figure of speech.
posted by nightchrome at 11:10 PM on January 31, 2007


Nice interview. What an attractive woman she's turned out to be (physically, sure, but I like her attitude and intellect in the interview).
posted by maxwelton at 11:11 PM on January 31, 2007


Maybe i'm just cynical, but i don't buy the 'it's my true story in the ad'

from the article

"I was friends with his son Hamilton in high school and a few friends and I went with him to watch him make his ad. The two other girls I was with that day also made ads. We were asked to when we got there."

Quite amazing that three girls who happened to show up for the filming of the commercial all recently switched to macs.
posted by efalk at 11:51 PM on January 31, 2007


She still seems to be a complete nut.

I like that.
posted by justgary at 11:52 PM on January 31, 2007


I can't believe how nasty the responses were when the previous story about Ellen was posted. Keerist!
posted by CameraObscura at 12:11 AM on February 1, 2007


Good taste in music.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:11 AM on February 1, 2007


I'm still waiting for her to pick up her domain name.
posted by chrismear at 12:17 AM on February 1, 2007


Did I say just "the earlier post?" Sorry, let me include how nasty the responses are on this post as well. Keerist!
posted by CameraObscura at 12:18 AM on February 1, 2007


Maybe i'm just cynical, but i don't buy the 'it's my true story in the ad'

from the article

"I was friends with his son Hamilton in high school and a few friends and I went with him to watch him make his ad. The two other girls I was with that day also made ads. We were asked to when we got there."

Quite amazing that three girls who happened to show up for the filming of the commercial all recently switched to macs.
posted by efalk


Except that she doesn't actually say that three all "recently switched to macs."

Of course, you're right, it could be a conspiracy, no doubt her 8th grade teacher may have been in on the ruse as well, all to pull the wool over the eyes of a tender innocent American public looking for a teen hero to believe in!
posted by CameraObscura at 12:27 AM on February 1, 2007


I can't believe how nasty the responses were when the previous story about Ellen was posted. Keerist!

I was just thinking the same thing.

Well, actually, my thought ran, "Jesus, MeFi must've had a tick in its vagina that day."

Let's save our wrath for people who really deserve it. Like anyone in a Get A Mac ad who's not John K. Hodgman.
posted by sparkletone at 1:47 AM on February 1, 2007


I wonder if all that unwanted male attention at age 14 is responsible for the crypto-lesbian vibe she exudes in that interview.

Uhm, what?

I like her because she doesn't have a myspace. Apple ads, hers and all since, are pretty annoying though.
posted by zarah at 3:40 AM on February 1, 2007


I 'spect she's not all that jazzed about being in the movie because she's the level-headed sort that takes things in stride. Getting to act in a film was fun and interesting, but the sort of acting-career entrée that other, more superficial and ego-driven people might run over their grandmothers to have simply isn't that big a deal to her.

I never really thought she was stoned, anyway; she's too linear and focused in recounting the tale of how her paper went away despite the laid-back attitude and the irritated eyes.

Maybe it's because I'm way beyond being a teenager, but while I thought she was endearingly cute and the spot made me smile, I'm just not getting the hotness/obsession vibe that seemed to spring up around her.

By contrast, the "I'm Janie (what'sherlastname) and I saved Christmas!" gal in another one of the Switcher ads...she was mighty attractive.
posted by pax digita at 4:59 AM on February 1, 2007


Oh...found it! "I'm Janie Porche, and I saved Christmas!" (.mov link)
posted by pax digita at 5:13 AM on February 1, 2007


She still seems to be a complete nut.

Huh? She seemed amazingly normal to me, one of the few people I've read about who seems to have been unscathed by her moment in the spotlight.
posted by languagehat at 6:05 AM on February 1, 2007


pax digita OTM.

But I hate the ickiness of flocking adulation for "girl! on the telly! woo!". Even that interviewer's sign off in the article was a bit much. "Ooh thanks so much, you Mac icon for deigning to talk to me you're so hot wow cool"
posted by bonaldi at 6:23 AM on February 1, 2007


Folks here at mefi seem to get worked up about anything, don't they..

Those of you getting emotional about this post, the article, or what's her name should perhaps examine your priorities and, how is it that they say it....ahhh...oh, yeah... get a life.
posted by HuronBob at 6:37 AM on February 1, 2007


[CAT MACRO LABELED "INTERNET ARGUMENT"]
posted by mendel at 6:41 AM on February 1, 2007


She seems like a cool chick with her head on straight. Good for her, I wish her the best. I never got the whole fascination with her, either, but I did think the commercial was cute.
posted by empath at 6:51 AM on February 1, 2007


In that movie still, she looks a lot like Molly Ringwald.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:03 AM on February 1, 2007


I don't remember this commercial, I don't own an Ellen Feiss frisbee...I've never even heard of her until now. The internets have let me down.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 7:11 AM on February 1, 2007


From this interview I learned that people still say "psych!" to mean "just kidding!" This makes me happy.
posted by gubo at 7:23 AM on February 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Good: She likes Nelly Furtado, and seems to be a genuinely smart and cool person.

Bad: Might major in women's studies, making her mostly unemployable.

Overall, the force is strong with this one.
posted by aerotive at 7:35 AM on February 1, 2007


kenoshakid writes "I wonder if all that unwanted male attention at age 14 is responsible for the crypto-lesbian vibe she exudes in that interview."

What are you basing that on?
posted by box at 7:35 AM on February 1, 2007


Is she tripping balls in this still, or what?
posted by ericost at 8:22 AM on February 1, 2007


I 'spect she's not all that jazzed about being in the movie because she's the level-headed sort that takes things in stride.

I got that she's not all that jazzed because she think the movie sucks.

me:She still seems to be a complete nut.

Huh? She seemed amazingly normal to me, one of the few people I've read about who seems to have been unscathed by her moment in the spotlight.
posted by languagehat


Maybe eccentric would have been a better word (and I did say I liked it).

On one hand she skips letterman to avoid being the "stoner chick" and on the other she appears in a movie where she trips in a field of mushrooms. Just kind of random.

one of the few people I've read about who seems to have been unscathed by her moment in the spotlight.
posted by languagehat


I don't think one interview in 5 years supports your assertion. She could be unscathed, she could be scarred. You don't really know.
posted by justgary at 8:39 AM on February 1, 2007


"I wonder if all that unwanted male attention at age 14 is responsible for the crypto-lesbian vibe she exudes in that interview."

What are you basing that on?


Some commenters on the interview said similar things.

Probably where she says: "I don’t want that kind of gendered fame and I was never proud of the fact that a bunch of dudes on the internet thought I was hot, or ugly or stoned or stupid or any of the other things people talked about. That being said, a lot of my fans have turned out to be nice, intelligent Mac using people. Mostly men but a few women too."

And she's majoring in Women's Studies, give no comments about whether or not she's single, and The L-Word is one of her favorite shows.

Not conclusive or anything. I'm a straight guy and I watch The L-Word, but only because my girlfriend's lesbian housemate always has it on.
posted by ludwig_van at 8:46 AM on February 1, 2007


I fell completely and utterly and legally in love reading that interview. I shall now respect her wishes and not think of this again.
posted by vbfg at 8:46 AM on February 1, 2007


ericost writes "Is she tripping balls in this still, or what?"

Those pupils are definitely dilated. I was under the impression that you need a lot of light to film a movie, but maybe it's different with digital video....
posted by mr_roboto at 9:05 AM on February 1, 2007


...And she's majoring in Women's Studies, give no comments about whether or not she's single, and The L-Word is one of her favorite shows.

Oooh, let's throw her in the lake to see if she floats!
posted by signal at 9:31 AM on February 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


she's still cool
posted by matteo at 10:35 AM on February 1, 2007


Good gracious, it's been five years?

Other things that happened five years ago (by year if not by month and date) that I am amazed happened five years ago:

Daniel Pearl's murder
Lisa Lopes dies
Eminem's last solo album
Warcraft III
Laci Peterson reprted missing
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 11:03 AM on February 1, 2007


ludwig_van is not alone. Plus, read almost half-a-dozen comments right on the interview.

I know a lot of queer-friendly straight women who watch The L Word. Well, at least one. She also idolizes Patti Smith. But look at that list ....
Plus, I swear I heard it already.

Anyway, kudos for her for keeping her sense of self. It's not like we own her or anything. Apple might.
posted by dhartung at 11:08 AM on February 1, 2007


I'd hit it.
posted by Meatbomb at 12:00 PM on February 1, 2007


The L Word has the worst theme song ever - Star Trek Enterprise transcendingly bad.

And I'd hit meatbomb, except I'm scared it would be just one meaty explosion and then hours of waiting by the phone with no limbs.
posted by Sparx at 2:04 PM on February 1, 2007




[CEILING CAT IS WATCHING YOU MACRO]

Ah, too late
posted by Brak at 8:29 AM on February 2, 2007


I still prefer the Pete Green ad.

I watched this video from the links on that one, and I don't know how accurate it is (primarily a Windows user myself), but it made me laugh nonetheless. I'm sure I would have laughed as much if it was Windows instead...it's just a funny presentation.
posted by Brak at 8:38 AM on February 2, 2007


I laughed too, Brak. I use a PC and I could have sworn that's what he was talking about. The truth is, computers are lovely and vexing whoever makes them.
posted by Mental Wimp at 4:24 PM on February 2, 2007


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