Topekan in latest Scorsese film

From the Topeka Capital-Journal:

Topeka native Bree Elrod knew her career had reached new heights when she found herself with arms and legs shackled, crouching in an eerie mental hospital on the brink of mayhem.

This wasn’t just any mental hospital, though. Elrod was shooting her role as a mental patient in Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese’s latest thriller, “Shutter Island.”

Elrod caught the acting bug early, attending plays with her family and cutting her teeth in theater productions at Topeka High School. She thought her thespian days were behind her when she began pursuing a degree in political science at Knox College in Illinois. But her love of performing proved to be too strong to be ignored. She graduated from New York University’s prestigious graduate acting program in 2003 and never looked back.

In addition to landing her first film role, Elrod has appeared in 10 plays, including the Boston Theatre Works production of “Angels in America” and Minetta Lane Theater’s “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” directed by renowned British actor Alan Rickman.