Alexandra Daddario

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Alexandra Daddario
Alexandra Daddario April 2015.jpg
Daddario at WonderCon in April 2015
Born Alexandra Anna Daddario
(1986-03-16) March 16, 1986 (age 29)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Brearley School
Professional Children's School
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2002–present
Known for Percy Jackson film series
True Detective
San Andreas

Alexandra Anna Daddario[1] (born March 16, 1986) is an American actress and model best known for playing Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson film series and Blake in San Andreas[2] She also appeared in the film Texas Chainsaw 3D, in the lead role, and Hall Pass. She also has guest-starred in TV shows including White Collar, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and appeared in the first season of True Detective.[3]

Early life[edit]

Daddario was born in New York City, the daughter of Christina, a lawyer, and Richard Daddario, a prosecutor and former head of NYPD Counterterrorism under Mayor Bloomberg.[4] Her brother, Matthew Daddario, is also an actor.[5][6] She also has a sister, Catharine Daddario.[7] Her paternal grandfather was Emilio Q. Daddario, a Democratic representative to the United States House of Representatives for the state of Connecticut from 1959 to 1971.[8][9] She has Italian, Irish, Czech, and English ancestry.[10]

Daddario was raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side and is an alumna of Brearley School and the Professional Children's School.[11] Daddario said she decided to be an actress at the age of eleven.[2] She attended Marymount Manhattan College.[12] She said she studied the Meisner acting technique for years.[13]


Daddario made her television debut at the age of 16, when she played victimized teen Laurie Lewis in All My Children. Her first major role was as Annabeth Chase in the 2010 fantasy-adventure film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief in between her recurring role as Neal Caffrey's love interest Kate Moreau in the hit series White Collar.

In 2011, she co-starred in Hall Pass and had a recurring role on Parenthood.[14]

In 2012, she starred in the music video for Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" and had an episode guest stint in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Her first starring role since Percy Jackson was the slasher film Texas Chainsaw 3D as Heather Miller, which was shown in 2013, although the filming took place almost two years prior. In the latter part of 2013, Daddario reprised her role as Annabeth Chase in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters. Daddario started filming a zombie comedy movie, Burying The Ex, in Los Angeles, California, helmed by Joe Dante with Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene. She filmed the independent movie Unreachable by Conventional Means. Burying The Ex was among the chosen films participating though out of competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.[citation needed]

In 2014, Daddario garnered much attention for her role on the first season of the HBO series True Detective.[3] She appeared in a four episode arc as Lisa Tragnetti, one of Woody Harrelson's character's extramarital affairs.[15] Daddario had a lead role in the 3D earthquake film San Andreas (2015), with Dwayne Johnson playing her character's father.[13] Filming started in April 2014 in Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and finished at the end of July in San Francisco, California.

In late 2014, Daddario was cast in the Nicholas Sparks film, The Choice.[16] Daddario had a cameo in the pilot of the Will Forte TV show, Last Man on Earth.[17] She also had a guest appearance on American Horror Story: Hotel where she played a fictionalized version of Natacha Rambova.[18]

Daddario was cast alongside Kate Upton in the road trip sex comedy The Layover, directed by William H. Macy. Daddario replaced Lea Michele, who dropped out of the film due to prior commitments. The film follows two best friends (Daddario and Upton) as they go on a vacation and end up fighting over the same guy during a layover in St. Louis.

In 2015, Daddario signed a deal as an ambassador with Movado, a Swiss watch company.

Daddario landed the female lead in the film adaptation of Baywatch, reuniting her with her San Andreas costar Dwayne Johnson. Daddario will play the role of Summer, played by Nicole Eggert in the original TV series, who serves as a love interest for a lifeguard played by Zac Efron.[19]


Alexandra Daddario, 2013


Year Title Role
2005 Squid and the Whale, TheThe Squid and the Whale Pretty Girl
2006 Pitch Alex
2006 Hottest State, TheThe Hottest State Kim
2007 Babysitters, TheThe Babysitters Barbara Yates
2007 Attic, TheThe Attic Ava Strauss
2009 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience Girlfriend
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Annabeth Chase
2010 Bereavement Allison Miller
2011 Hall Pass Paige
2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D Heather Miller
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Annabeth Chase
2013 Life in Text Haley Greene
2014 Unreachable by Conventional Means Kate
2015 Burying the Ex Olivia
2015 San Andreas Blake Gaines
2016 The Choice Monica
2016 The Layover Kate
2016/2017 Baywatch Summer


Year Title Role Notes
2002–03 All My Children Laurie Lewis 43 episodes
2004 Law & Order Felicia Episode: "Enemy"
2006 Law & Order Samantha Beresford Episode: "Release"
2006 Conviction Vanessa Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Another Woman Episode: "Johnny Cakes"
2009 Damages Lily Arsenault Episode: "I Lied, Too"
2009 Life on Mars Emily "Rocket Girl" Wyatt Episode: "Let All the Children Boogie"
2009 Nurse Jackie Young Woman Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Lisa Wellesley Episode: "Salome in Manhattan"
2009–11 White Collar Kate Moreau Recurring role, 11 episodes
2011–12 Parenthood Rachel 5 episodes
2012 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ruby Taft Episode: "Charlie and Dee Find Love"
2014 True Detective Lisa Tragnetti 4 episodes
2014 New Girl Michelle 2 episodes
2014 Married Ella the Waitress Episode: "Pilot"
2015 The Last Man on Earth Victoria (dream sequence version) Episode: "Alive in Tucson"
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Natacha Rambova Episode: "Flicker"

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title
2012 Imagine Dragons "Radioactive"


Year Title Role
2009–10 Weird Jobs Cassie Stetner

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Battlefield Hardline Dune Alpert

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2010 2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Female Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Texas Chainsaw 3D Nominated
2015 2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure San Andreas Nominated


  1. ^ Daddario, Alexandra (April 3, 2010). "Alexandra Daddario tweet". Twitter. 
  2. ^ a b Turner, Matthew (2010). "Alexandra Daddario Interview". View London. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Rao, Priya (February 22, 2014). "Alexandra Daddario Talks True Detective, Boobs, and Fashion". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ Rao, Priya (April 10, 2014). "The Case of the Missing Bikini". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (August 16, 2011). "Matthew Daddario joins Doremus pic". Variety. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
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  7. ^ Daddario, Alexandra (December 1, 2014). "How to Date Me" (Videsfdxiknlsxxjgiuiwsslwl/$,o featurette). GQ. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (July 7, 2010). "Emilio Daddario, Connecticut Congressman, Dies at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Daddario, Emilio Quincy (1918-2010)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
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  11. ^ Berrie, Nicole (8 February 2010). "The Radar: Alexandra Daddario". Orange County. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ Stern, Marlow (September 5, 2014). "Alexandra Daddario on 'True Detective's' Misogyny Claims and Her Hollywood Ascent". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Wallace, Chris (June 2014). "Alexandra Daddario". Interview. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ Ng, Philiana (November 8, 2011). "'Parenthood' Co-Stars Say Adam and Crosby's New Receptionist 'Causes a Lot of Problems'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ Sullivan, Kevin P. (January 17, 2014). "Alexandra Daddario Talks ‘True Detective’ Nude Scene: ‘I Just Sort Of Did It’". MTV News. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 8, 2014). "True Detective actress Alexandra Daddario Joins Nicholas Sparks Adaptation ‘The Choice’". The Wrap. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Framke, Caroline (March 1, 2015). "The Last Man On Earth: "Alive In Tucson"/"The Elephant In The Room"". AV Club. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ Stephens, Emily L. (November 19, 2015). "American Horror Story: Hotel does its best work without words". AV Club. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  19. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (November 18, 2015). "Alexandra Daddario Lands ‘Baywatch’ Female Lead". Deadline. 

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