Alexandra Breckenridge

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Alexandra Breckenridge
Alexandra Breckenridge 2012.jpg
Breckenridge in 2012
Born Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge
(1982-05-15) May 15, 1982 (age 36)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Other names Alex Breckenridge
Occupation Actress, voice actress, photographer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s)
Casey Hooper (m. 2015)
Children 2
Relatives Michael Weatherly (uncle)
Website alexandrabreckenridge.com

Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge (born May 15, 1982) is an American actress and photographer.[1] She began her career with supporting roles in the teen comedy films Big Fat Liar (2002) and She's the Man (2006). She later played reporter Willa McPherson in the series Dirt, and had a supporting role on the short-lived series The Ex List. She is also the voice of various characters on the animated television series Family Guy. She starred in the first season of FX's American Horror Story: Murder House as young Moira O'Hara, and portrayed Kaylee in the third season, American Horror Story: Coven.[2] She portrayed Jessie Anderson in the AMC series The Walking Dead, and Sophie on the NBC series This Is Us.

Early life[edit]

Breckenridge was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She lived in Darien, Connecticut, until the age of 10, when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles. A year later, they moved to Mill Valley, California. At age 13, Breckenridge became interested in acting, photography, and singing. At age 15, she and her mother moved back to Los Angeles to pursue Breckenridge's acting career. She is the niece of actor Michael Weatherly.[1]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Breckenridge guest starred as Shelly Weaver on Freaks and Geeks in 2000. When she was 15, she met James Franco at an audition. She was surprised that Franco recognized her on the set of Freaks and Geeks.[3] She also guest starred on Dawson's Creek, CSI, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Undeclared, Medium, and JAG.[4] She guest-starred as Francise in three episodes of Opposite Sex.[5] In 2002, she appeared in the film Big Fat Liar, starring Frankie Muniz, as Jason Shepherd's older sister Janie.

Breckenridge has had numerous voice roles on the animated television series Family Guy. During an interview with FHM, she stated, "When I first went for Family Guy, I auditioned for a guest voice. I don't know why, but [creator] Seth MacFarlane really likes the sound of my voice. I'll never understand that. He just liked me and they call me back all the time to do different things."[3] Breckenridge often does celebrity impressions on the show, such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger. She also had roles on MacFarlane's web series Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. She guest starred in the episode "With Friends Like Steve's" of American Dad!, also created by MacFarlane.[4]

In 2006, Breckenridge starred as Monique in the film She's the Man. She starred as Willa McPherson in the series Dirt from 2007 to 2008. She has appeared in a couple of shows that have later been cancelled.[3] In 2009, Breckenridge co-starred in the independent film The Bridge to Nowhere by Blair Underwood.[6] She also had a role in the film Ticket Out.[7]

Breckenridge had a recurring role in season four of HBO's True Blood, and also in season one of FX's American Horror Story as Moira O'Hara, the ghost of a maid trapped in the house in which she was employed. She also returned for several episodes in season three of the show, American Horror Story: Coven, as Kaylee: a young witch who excels in pyrokinesis.[8][9]

In 2015, Breckenridge began playing Jessie Anderson in season five of the AMC series The Walking Dead. In 2015, she next co-starred in the psychological thriller Dark from executive producer Joe Dante and director Nick Basile.[10] In 2017 Breckenridge appeared in the recurring role of Sophie, Kate's childhood friend and Kevin's ex-wife, on the first season of NBC drama series This Is Us;[11] she was promoted to the full-time cast for the series' second season.[12][13]

Photography[edit]

Breckenridge is interested in photography and has her own darkroom in her apartment. At age 24, she began taking photography seriously as a form of self-expression. Her then-boyfriend Bryten Goss helped her with lighting. In 2008, she had her first exhibit with Shalon Goss hosted by her uncle Michael Weatherly and presented by Edgar Valera. She said, "I had so much to express emotionally with this show. Each photo is an expression of myself and the things I have gone through in the last three years. From my perspective, the purpose of art is to evoke feeling and to inspire. That's all I hope to achieve."[1]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2015, Breckenridge married guitarist Casey Hooper.[14] In September 2016, she gave birth to the couple's first child, a son.[15] In August 2017, she announced that they were expecting their second child;[16] their daughter was born in December 2017.[17]

Breckenridge has several tattoos, which get covered by make-up for her on-screen projects, but not during photoshoots. She has said about them, "We cover them up. Some make-up artists are better than others, but there's airbrushing, and there's a sort of latex waterproof paint, body paint obviously."[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Orange County Anna Uncredited
2002 Big Fat Liar Janie Shepherd
2002 Wishcraft Kristie
2002 Vampire Clan Charity Lynn Keesee
2002 Slasher Flick Laura Short film
2003 D.E.B.S. Amy Short film
2005 Rings Vanessa Short film
2006 She's the Man Monique Valentine
2006 Jack Rabbit Harley Short film
2008 The Art of Travel Kate
2009 The Bridge to Nowhere Sienna
2011 Darkest Hour Alicia Short film
2012 Ticket Out Jocelyn
2014 Other People's Children Ariel
2015 Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story Sara
2015 Dark Leah
2015 Zipper Christy
2016 Broken Vows Debra

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Even the Losers Unknown Television film
1999 Locust Valley Arden Television film
2000 Dawson's Creek Kate Douglas Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Shelly Weaver Episode: "Looks and Books"
2000 Opposite Sex Francise 3 episodes
2001 Undeclared Prim and Proper Girl Episode: "Prototype"
2002 Undeclared Celeste Episode: "Eric's POV"
2002 Charmed Michelle Miglis Episode: "A Paige from the Past"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kit Holburn Episode: "Lessons"
2004 Mystery Girl Katie Hill Television short
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lisa 'Cleopatra' Hunt Episode: "Turn of the Screws"
2004 JAG Pia Bonfilio Episode: "There Goes the Neighborhood"
2005 Murder Book Sarah Television film
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Michele Weinberger Television film
2005 Medium Isabel Galvan Episode: "Jump Start"
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Maddie Lyall Episode: "Protection"
2005–present Family Guy Various characters Voice role; 63 episodes
2006 American Dad! Girl Voice role; episode: "With Friends Like Steve's"
2007 Psych Betty Episode: "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"
2007–2008 Dirt Willa McPherson Main role
2008 Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Princess Peach Voice role; 2 episodes
2008 The Ex List Vivian Main role
2010 Sons of Tucson Gina 2 episodes
2010 Life Unexpected Abby Cassidy Recurring role; 5 episodes
2011 Cooper and Stone Jenna Cooper Television film
2011 Franklin & Bash Emily Claire Episode: "Bachelor Party"
2011 True Blood Katerina Pelham 4 episodes
2011;
2013
American Horror Story Young Moira O'Hara Recurring role; 6 episodes (Murder House)
Kaylee 2 episodes (Coven)
2012 Men at Work Katelyn Episode: "Wake and Bake"
2013 Save Me Carly Brugano Main role
2014 Rake Brooke Episode: "A Close Shave"
2015–2016 The Walking Dead Jessie Anderson Recurring role (season 5); Also Starring (season 6); 11 episodes
2015 Extant Zoe Grant Episode: "Morphoses"
2016 Pure Genius Margot Byer Episode: Pilot
2017 This Is Us Sophie Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alexandra Breckenridge – Biography". alexandrabreckenridge.com. Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ "'American Horror Story': Alexandra Breckenridge Returns for 'Coven'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ a b c d Woodfin, Josh (May 27, 2009). "Family Guy's Alex Breckenridge laid bare". FHM. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Alex Breckenridge from Family Guy". Film.com. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Alex Breckenridge". FilmReference.com. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Bridge to Nowhere". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 20, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ticket Out". Copeland Casting. Archived from the original on January 17, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ "True Blood Promotes Jessica Tuck; Adds Three New Actresses". TV Guide. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Alexandra Breckenridge returns to Coven as Kaylee". Yahoo!. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 9, 2016). "Joe Dante-Produced Thriller 'Dark' Alights At Screen Media". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ Snierson, Dan (December 5, 2016). "This Is Us: Alexandra Breckenridge nabs recurring role". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ Snierson, Dan (June 28, 2017). "This Is Us promotes two actors to series regulars for season 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 28, 2017). "'This Is Us': Alexandra Breckenridge, & Jon Huertas Upped To Series Regulars For Season 2 Of NBC Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Alexandra Breckenridge and Casey Hooper DUNTON HOT SPRINGS". Chowen Photography. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Alexandra Breckenridge Welcomes Son Jack". People. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ White, Chelsea (August 17, 2017). "This Is Us' Alexandra Breckenridge Expecting Second Child". People. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  17. ^ Calvario, Liz (December 21, 2017). "'This Is Us' Star Alexandra Breckenridge Gives Birth to Daughter -- Find Out Her Name!". ETOnline.com. CBS Studios Inc. Retrieved January 20, 2018. 

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