Interview with Ellen Feiss

By Deane Barker on February 3, 2007

Interview with “Switcher Girl” Ellen Feiss: Does anyone else remember Ellen Feiss? She made the most memorable of the Apple “switcher” ads about five years ago.

I loved her ad. It was hysterical. Well, she’s in her first year of college now, and she made a movie last year. This is a good interview with her to catch up on what all happened since that ad hit the Internet.

Macenstein: So, that “beep, beep, beep” story was 100% true? How soon after your dad’s PC “ate” your paper did you force him to get you a Mac?

Ellen: The story is true, the 15-page paper was about the history of Chinatowns in America and I wrote it for my 8th grade history class. My parents bought my sister and I the G4 to share the next year.

This part is interesting:

Macenstein: I read that after the Apple ads aired, Apple sort of advised you to not try to capitalize on your celebrity, and sort of fade away. Why do you think that was?

Ellen: A multinational company obviously doesn’t want to be associated with weed. Their instructions made me want to capitalize on it though.



  1. I just watched this ad and about a half-dozen other “switcher” ads. I do not recall ever seeing any of them. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that my first child was 3 months old when these ads supposedly ran.

  2. Man, I don’t remember seeing any of them. Who is Ellen Feiss?

    My parents bought my sister and I the G4…

    I really, really, really hate it when people do that. It’s “… my sister and me“. Learn the *&%$ language.

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