She’s been haunted by Leatherface. Trekked across faraway lands fleeing sea monsters. Seduced Woody Harrelson. Alexandra Daddario has done all these things and more in her various TV and movie roles.
As Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson movie series, she starred in the first role that would make her a household name. She was tortured by Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw 3D, mixed things up with a role in the comedy Hall Pass, and appeared in a four-episode arc in True Detective as a mistress.
When it comes down to it, she’s enjoyed the scary roles most … and has been a bit scared of the bedroom scenes. “I like doing horror films,” Alexandra told thefancarpet.com. “I think it’s helped me as an actress because you have to run and scream and cry for so long and do ridiculous things in front of strangers. You sort of break down any barriers, you can’t be embarrassed.”
Tying Woody Harrelson to the bed and making love to him in True Detective—that’s a whole other level. “I think one thing about this role for me was that it was a huge challenge for me,” she told MTV News. “The character is really different from anything that I’ve done before. The nudity was just part of that.”
Alexandra grew up with high-powered, lawyer parents, but both she and her brother and sister went on to pursue acting. She told View London that she decided she wanted to be an actress at age 11. By age 16, she was playing a teenager on All My Children, and as she’s grown up, it’s become clear that it’s a career she’ll stick with—and get a good deal of attention for.
“I would love to have a career like Charlize Theron,” Alexandra told thefancarpet.com when asked about her goals. “I’ve never met her or worked with her, but she strikes me as being very down to earth, very cool, in addition to being extremely talented, and I think that’s awesome.”