With a resume as long as a flamingo’s legs and millions of followers on social media, Ellie Gonsalves is a face we are sure you have seen before. Having moved back to Australia just before COVID hit in 2020, Ellie has not slowed down her everyday hustle. We had the recent pleasure to chat to the Australian actress, model and global Wildlife Warriors Ambassador about her career to date and her newest role as the Ambassador of The Pink Flamingo on the Gold Coast.
When did you move back to Australia?
I moved back to Australia from LA on the 4th of March 2020, which was not long before the borders shut.
Tell us about your career to date.
I began full-time modelling in 2009, in 2010 I was named a global ambassador of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors charity which was founded by Australian icons Steve and Terri Irwin. In the same year, I designed my own swimwear label which had two successful collections over two years! I then moved to America and since then have been fortunate enough to have been the face of multiple campaigns for Guess, L’Oreal Pro and Khloe Kardashian’s Good American brand. I also starred in a Super Bowl Commercial and was handpicked to star in Hollywood blockbuster ‘Fighting with my Family’ alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. I co-produced and starred in my own award-winning dark comedy horror ‘Zebra’ and featured in the third season of the SBS Logie award-winning documentary ‘Filthy Rich & Homeless’. I have also combined my passion for health and fitness to launch my ‘Body By Ellie’ fitness program to my online community which I’m grateful to have reached thousands of women through! Over my career, I have been fortunate to have built a social media following of 5+ million across all of my platforms.
What’s your biggest career achievement?
It’s hard to pick, but it’s probably between starring in ‘Fighting with my Family’ and the Yellowtail Super Bowl commercial! They were both game changers for me and the best experiences of my career to date.
How did this partnership with The Pink Flamingo come about?
They reached out to me on Instagram and invited me along to their two shows Suave and La Teaze, I loved it so much we had a meeting and found so much synergy. I just love what The Pink Flamingo represents – it is a perfect match!
What excites you the most about being the Ambassador of The Pink Flamingo?
I’m just so beyond proud to represent a world-class venue that is all-inclusive and is about celebrating everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re straight or a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, a bus driver or a CEO, whatever you identify as and whoever you are, this establishment is not only accepting of everyone but celebrates us all. It’s the first of its kind in Australia, I’m yet to see anything else out there quite like The Pink Flamingo. From the moment you arrive at the front doors you’re greeted with a unique and aesthetically pleasing experience, service that’s just a button away the entire night, the most talented and beautiful performers, incredible cocktails and it also attracts the most electric audience! It’s a safe place for people to be who they are and enjoy a night of entertainment that is not offered anywhere else!
What part of the Suave show do you love the most and why?
The comedy, the aerial performances and the sexy Bridgerton theme (so on-trend). I just love the beautiful cast; they are INCREDIBLY talented (I have the best gig in the world)!
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Café for breakfast: Little Mermaid
Coffee spot: BSKT Cafe
Restaurant for dinner: Rick Shores
Bar or pub for a drink: I am yet to find a better list of cocktails outside of The Pink Flamingo!
What do you typically do on your weekends?
I spend it with friends, my partner & dog Daisy. I also like riding bikes, being active, eating way too much food and usually we pop in for a show on the weekend at The Pink Flamingo with friends who haven’t seen it yet!