Ask Alexandra – June 2011
You keep getting more beautiful with age. What is your secret?
I appreciate your email, especially since I am turning 48 within 2 months! I see the effects of aging, but the alternative is worse, isnt it! Iwork hard to make the most of what I’ve got – that is all we can do, right?
Here are some of the things I am diligent about:
Here are things I try to be diligent about, but it is a challenge:
Thank you for writing!
I really enjoy your movies and wanted to know if you have anything new coming for 2011-2012?
How do you get the mindset to play the different characters and make them seem so real?
I have three movies coming out this year, The Frankenstein Brothers, Christmas Spirit, No One to Blame. I dont know about 2012!
I love playing different characters, and as I get older I am getting more opportunities to do that. I really like people, and one of the ways I get into my role is to construct from the ground up her background and motivations. It is such a creative process! I decide on her style, and what she likes, whom she loves, what her family life is like (even those not onscreen) is like. Often, I find someone in my real life who has some of the characteristics of the role and that grounds the character I am creating. My sister was my inspiration for Lt Stephanie Holden, as Stephanie had a more powerful persona than I had at the time and I was not used to being a take charge person, whereas my twin was more like that. In the film American Flyers, Becky was based on a girl in my acting class back then, Georgianna, who had a very innocent aura seemed to just inhale the world, and a bit on my childhood friend Rita Vitalis, who was a hippy. For my role as a call girl in 8 Million Ways to Die, I interviewed a real call girl. For later parts, I visited several houses of prostitution. My mother-in-law gave me some great advice on how to handle a cocaine snorting scene in 12 Bucks (I have the hippest mother in law ever). To play the recovering alchoholic in A Woman Hunted, I went to AA meetings and read the Big Book, the bible of Alchoholics Anonymous. I love researching for and creating a character!
Thank you for your email
Do you have any more good book recommendations that you’re currently reading? Over the past few years, I’ve gone through your book list and enjoyed all your suggestions. Would love to know if you have any more recent favorites.
I have been reading some really excellent books, and have been keeping track, since I know that book list is old. At the gym, I am currently reading Griftopia by Matt Taibbi (I read on the stepmill – makes the hour go by faster plus I learn stuff!). It is an indictment of Wall Street in the 2008 stock market crash. At home I am reading Priceless: the Myth of Fair Value by William Poundstone, about the hidden psychology of value. Fascinating stuff. In my car (the Volt!), I am listening to The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt. It is also about human psychology and behavior and I am enjoying it alot. A book I just finished was The Fifties by David Halberstam, about the United States in the 1950s. Also excellent.
Here are the other books I have read in the last few months:
I choose to read non-fiction, as there is so much I want to learn, but in my book club we read fiction:
I get my books out of the library. I love love love the library, and the Los Angeles Public Library has hundreds of thousands of books. I order online and pick them up at my local branch. So fun! I am waiting for Thrive by Brendan Brazier, about being a vegan athlete and next is Green is the New Red by Will Potter!