Ask Alexandra – February 2010

Question #1:

Hello Alexandra,

My question is quite simple…why don’t we see more of you? What’s wrong with the casting gurus these days; are they blind as well as out of touch? Until recently, I had not seen you since the motion picture “Dragnet,” back in the 1980’s. I had no time for television while I was working. I’m retired now and I do view television more than before. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing you in several films and I must say you are a very convincing actress. In the facial close-ups, you eyes devour the camera’s lens! There’s an audience out here who would like very much to see you in a variety of roles and on a more regular basis . Send the casting folks a wake-up call, they seem to be fast asleep.

Best wishes,


Hi Jim,

Well, if you didnt watch tv for the last 20 years, then yes, you probably missed seeing me. I have done mostly television shows and independent movies that come out on television or dvd. Alot of my movies hit the screens overseas, but not in the United States, where just a miniscule percentage of the films shot each year make it to the movie theatres. A few things I have shot havent come out at all, but 98% of them appear on television over and over and over again, or on dvd.

The best way to send the casting folks a wake up call is for you to write to the head of casting at the studios or networks, and tell them you want to see me on their shows! Maybe another series 🙂

Thank you for your support. Enjoy your retirement and I hope you catch lots more of me! For updates,on my upcoming projects, check out this website.



Question #2:


I’ve read that you struggled with an eating disorder many years ago. It seems that your very happy and healthy now. I have stuggled with anorexia/bulimia for over 12 years and I’m ready to let it go, but it’s not so easy to do. What is your best advice for stopping the cycle and living happy and healthy?


Dear Riley,

Yes, I was anorexic and then bulimic for 12 years, until I was 28. Letting that go was the best thing I did for my quality of life, and I am so happy to hear you are ready to get healthy and happy too. My advice:

  1. Join a 12 Step Program. I joined Overeaters Anonymous, which has meetings for each of the different eating disorders. Go to to find a meeting near you. Explore the options and choose meetings at which you feel most comfortable and where you hear stories that resemble yours. Get a food sponsor and a step sponsor and start working on the 12 Steps. I hear that going to Al Anon is also very helpful, but I cannot speak from experience there. I do know that AA and the other 12 Step Programs have helped millions of people.
  2. Get into therapy. This can be expensive, but if you can afford it, it is well worth it to help you discover why you chose to deal with your pain by witholding, bingeing or throwing up food. What pain are you running from? Do you need to say “no” more often and stand up for yourself more? Were you sexually abused? These are the classic profiles of a woman with an eating disorder. To cut costs, look into a clinic that offers rates on a sliding scale, or find where newly graduated psychology students are working to get their hours in before they can go out on their own, and become a patient of theirs.
  3. Stop lying about what you eat or dont eat. Be totally honest. When you lie to others, it is easier to lie to yourself about what you are doing.
  4. See a nutritionist. Sometimes they can help you with food choices. But they must be a nutritionist that honors your fear of gaining weight, who understands your psychology and doesnt just tell you to eat healthy foods. You and your nutritionist must come to an agreement about what weight you will maintain (which will probably be lighter than she/he prefers, but which is still comfortable for you) and then she needs to help you get there and stay there.

I was in therapy since I was 16, and that helped me understand myself and why I was the way I was, and probably helped me not get worse, but it was a month after going to OA again (I had gone at 18 a few times, but didnt search around enough for meetings that fit) that I stopped being bulimic for good. I wouldnt have done it without the 12 Steps.

Best of luck to you. Please let me know what you decide and how you fare.


Question #3:


What was it like working with Philip Winchester in In My Sleep? I am a huge fan of you both and was thrilled to see that you worked together! I can’t wait to see the movie. Any word when it comes out?

Amanda Worthington

Hi Amanda,

I only have one scene in the movie, In My Sleep, and most of it can be seen on my Demo Reel 2006. It was alot of fun to do, and Philip Winchester is a lovely man. Handsome too! The writer/director, Allen Wolf is also a wonderful, wonderful person. I was lucky to be able to seduce him :). You can learn more about the movie at: or

Rumour has it the film might be out in April… but keep an eye on its official site for the latest info!

Let me know what you think of the movie when you see it!


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