Divorced to James L. Connors
- "I don't know if Phoebe ever thought of me as her friend... but I always thought of her as mine"
- —Elise reveals her fondness for Phoebe[src]
Elise Rothman was the editor and boss of "The Bay Mirror", where Phoebe Halliwell worked as an advice columnist. While tough and pragmatic on the surface, Elise could also be wise and caring, leading to a dynamic which produced a close bond with Phoebe. In Season 8, when Phoebe was thought dead, she admitted to Julie Bennett that she thought of Phoebe as her best friend and the daughter she never had. She was later revealed to be the friend mentioned in the Season 2 episode Morality Bites who was supposedly murdered by Cal Greene, though in this timeline she was only brutalized. Elise was one of the few mortals to be told about the Halliwell's secret, afterwhich, she not only accepted them, but also assisted the family on occasion.
When she first appeared on the show, her advice columnist at the time was innocent Karen Young, who hated her and wanted to kill her while under demonic influence. With Karen, Elise was ready to fire her if she missed one column for being sick, so Phoebe took over for Karen and did her column. Afterwards, Karen told Elise the truth, as she figured would happen, Elise fired her and hired Phoebe in her place. With Phoebe, Elise was a lot more flexible and in one episode even pointed out how much leniency she gives Phoebe when she took a day off and left Phoebe in charge. She has a very difficult job as shown when she took the day off and left Phoebe in charge; Phoebe was completely overwhelmed, but managed to handle it. This also sent Phoebe the message that the difficult nature of being the editor may be at least partly responsible for her hard attitude with her employees.
In 2005, after the Charmed Ones faked their death, Elise revealed that she viewed Phoebe as a close friend and not only was she an employee, but someone she viewed as the best friend she ever had.
Discovering Phoebe's secretIn 2008, Elise falls victim to Cal Greene and is brutalized by him. After it was revealed by Elise to Mika, another employee at the Bay Mirror, that the man she was dating- named Cal Greene- had anger issues and was brutalizing women Cal attacked her violently and nearly killed her but Paige Matthews healed her before she died. Phoebe wanted to kill him but her sisters calmed her down. Paige glamoured into Cal and the sisters put a spell on Elise to make her appear to be brutalised, how she appeared before Paige healed her. The attack was streamed live over the internet (Phoebe used this way as she had plans to live stream a chat for the Bay Mirror). Nathaniel Pratt charged Cal Greene. The plan required Phoebe to reveal her secret to Elise.
In Cupid's Harrow, Elise appears for the first time since finding out about Phoebe being a witch. Elise claims that she is still coming to terms with the existence of magic, but assists Phoebe in looking into Coop's past.
Shift of Magical Balance
During the magical switch in The Old Witcheroo, Elise tells Piper that all her paper has reported on recently is magic. Elise is included in the family meeting Piper calls and discusses what action they should take to try and rectify the situation. Elise helps the sisters to cover up the fact that they no longer have powers by using her newly acquired ability to manipulate plant life to help Henry redecorate the front of the Manor, giving it "a magical look" that fits in with the rest of the magical neighborhood. When the world begins to cause chaos all over due to mortals misusing magic, Elise helps care for the non-magical beings at Knox Academy. When the Charmed Ones decide to make their move on Rennek, the man who caused the shift of magical balance of the world, Elise, as well as many other inhabitants, join forces with them to fight Rennek's army. During the battle, Elise uses her magical powers to her aid in battle. After ending Rennek's reign, balance is restored to the world and Elise has her powers removed.
Romantic LifeShe married and divorced a man named James L. Connors. In "Scry Hard", she was seen on a date with Richard Dillard, who should have been running the paper in Elise's absence. But since he was on a date with Elise, Phoebe had to run the evening edition, making her Elise's third choice for running the paper if Elise and Richard would be sick.
In "Chris-Crossed" she revealed that she was someone who focused solely on her career, letting it get in the way of everything else, including any sort of a romantic life that she could've had, and one day she realized that all she had was her career. This could have been what led to her divorce (even though she did once describe her ex-husband as a schmuck). She explained this to Phoebe because she didn't want Phoebe to end up like her, indicating that she regretted letting it happen.
Elise has short, light-brown hair during the series, getting gradually longer and turning more chestnut as the series progresses but typically fluctuates in terms of length. Since she was a boss at the Bay Mirror, she is almost always seen in semi-formal clothing. She also wears glasses when reading.
During the magical switch in "The Old Witcheroo", Elise somehow received the power to make plant life grow on command. She is first seen using this to enlarge a bunch of flowers that she brought for Phoebe so that they would fit in the vase. Elise also used this, along with the help of Henry Mitchell, to decorate the outside of Halliwell Manor in order to give it a more "magical look" to fit in with the rest of the newly empowered neighborhood.
- Having appeared in 23 episodes makes Elise a recurring character that has appeared in the most episodes of Charmed after Wyatt Halliwell. She appeared in more episodes than Billie Jenkins, Andy Trudeau, Dan and Jenny Gordon, who all were part of the main cast.
- Her ex-husband's name is taken from James L. Conway, a producer of the show.
- Currently, Elise is one of only two mortals outside of the Halliwell family featured in the Charmed Comics who know about the Charmed Ones (the second being Darryl Morris).
- Rebecca Balding also portrayed Jackie in the season 1 episode "The Fourth Sister".
Elise Rothman has appeared in a total of 23 episodes of throughout the course of the series. She also appeared in 6 issues of the Charmed Comics.