Jaimie Alexander

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Jaimie Alexander
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Alexander at the London premiere of The Last Stand in January 2013.
Born
Jaimie Lauren Tarbush

(1984-03-12) March 12, 1984 (age 35)
ResidenceNew York City
OccupationActress
Years active2001–present
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Jaimie Lauren Alexander (born March 12, 1984)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Jessi on the TV series Kyle XY and Sif in the 2011 superhero film Thor, and its 2013 sequel. Since 2015, she stars in the NBC series Blindspot.

Early life[edit]

Jaimie Alexander was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and moved to Grapevine, Texas when she was four years old. She is the only girl in a family of five children.[2] Alexander first got into acting in grade school, where she took theater for fun. Alexander stated that she was actually kicked out of theater when she was in high school because she could not sing, so she instead went into sports.[3] When she was 17, she substituted for a friend at a meeting with a scouting agency and she met her manager, Randy James, who sent her some scripts. After her graduation from Colleyville Heritage High School,[4] a year and a half later, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.[5]

Career[edit]

Her career was launched in 2003, when she was cast in the leading role of Hanna Thompson in the low budget, award-winning film The Other Side. According to the movie's commentary, she was originally at the audition to help out by reading against the male actors, but the director Gregg Bishop decided to cast her in the leading role after hearing her perform the lines.[6] Alexander's second role was in the movie Squirrel Trap where she played Sara, the love interest of the main character, David, who is a socially introverted genius portrayed by Keith Staley. This was soon followed by a guest appearance in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where she portrayed a femme fatale in the role of Tammy, who through a combination of seduction and threats manipulates one of the main characters. She also has a small part in an episode of Standoff.

From there she proceeded to more significant roles. She appeared in the series Watch Over Me where she portrayed the controversial character of Caitlin Porter. In 2006, she had her first lead role in the horror film Rest Stop where she portrayed Nicole Carrow, a girl who escapes from home and goes on a trip with her boyfriend, which is unexpectedly interrupted at a rest stop by a deranged serial killer. In 2007, she had her second lead role, also in a horror film. In Hallowed Ground she played Elizabeth Chambers, a girl stranded in a small town inhabited by a sect that plans to use her as a vessel for the rebirth of their founder. In both movies, her character is a strong character who fights back against her aggressors.

Alexander at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con

In 2007 she began starring in the ABC Family television show Kyle XY as Jessi, a troubled show-off with superhuman powers who is trying to find her way in the world, with increasing cooperation and eventual romance with her male counterpart Kyle. Her role generated a large fan base hoping to see a spin-off show for her character. She also has had guest roles on the show CSI: Miami where she played Jenna York, a flight attendant involved in a murder case; and in Bones where she played Molly Briggs, a student connected to the victim of the episode.

In September 2009, it was reported that Alexander would portray Sif in the live-action superhero film, Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh and released in May 2011.[7] She reprised the role in the sequel Thor: The Dark World, released in November 2013. She reprised the role twice in special crossover guest appearances on the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on March 11, 2014 and again on March 10, 2015.

In July 2010, it was reported that Alexander had been cast in the independent comedy-drama film, Loosies co-starring Peter Facinelli and directed by Michael Corrente.[8] In October 2010, it was reported that Alexander joined the cast of Nurse Jackie in a sizeable story arc as Jackie's (Edie Falco) wild, immature sister-in-law, Tunie Peyton.[9] In 2011, she joined the cast of Covert Affairs for three episodes of the second season.[10]

Alexander appeared in the 2013 film Savannah directed by Annette Haywood-Carter, about Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel), a real-life early 1900s aristocrat who starts an unexpected partnership with Christmas Moultrie (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a freed slave.[11] Also in 2013, she portrayed deputy sheriff Sarah Torrance in The Last Stand, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.[12]

In 2015, Alexander began starring as Jane Doe in the NBC series Blindspot.[13]

Other projects[edit]

She also appeared in a Matthew Perryman Jones music video of the song "Save You" released in September 2009.[14]

In 2010, Alexander appeared in a web series for MSN entitled Ultradome produced by Milo Ventimiglia. In the series Alexander portrayed Han Solo in battle against Indiana Jones for the title of best Harrison Ford character.[15]

In 2011, Alexander reunited with writer/director Gregg Bishop for The Birds of Anger for NBCUniversal G4Films. The film was based on the best-selling mobile game, Rovio's Angry Birds, told in the style of the 1963 film The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Alexander began dating actor Peter Facinelli in 2012 after they met on the set of Loosies.[17][18] They became engaged in March 2015.[19] In February 2016, Alexander and Facinelli announced they had called off their engagement.[20]

Also in 2012, Alexander suffered severe injuries when she slipped off a metal staircase during a rainy morning on the Thor: The Dark World set. The fall caused her to slip a disc in her thoracic spine and chip 11 of her vertebrae, as well as dislocate her left shoulder and tear a rhomboid on her right side. The injuries took her out of filming for a month.[21][22]

Additionally, during the filming of Blindspot, Alexander experienced many injuries, including: ruptured C6 and C7 discs from being water boarded; herniated T3, T4, T8 and T9 discs; broken nose; dislocated right shoulder; broken right index finger; broken left foot; broken left two toes three times; broken right foot; broken right two toes; dislocated jaw; and other injuries that she was not allowed to disclose.[23]

In March 2018, Alexander was hospitalized and underwent surgery after her appendix ruptured. She later recovered.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Alexander at the Hollywood premiere of Thor in May 2011

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Squirrel Trap Sara
2006 Rest Stop Nicole Carrow
2006 The Other Side Hanna Thompson
2007 Hallowed Ground Liz Chambers
2010 Love & Other Drugs Carol Uncredited[25]
2011 Thor Sif
2012 Loosies Lucy Atwood
2013 Savannah Lucy Stubbs
2013 The Last Stand Sarah Torrance
2013 Collision Taylor Dolan
2013 Thor: The Dark World Sif
2016 Broken Vows Tara Bloom
2018 London Fields Hope Clinch

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Tammy Episode: "Underage Drinking: A National Concern"
2006 Standoff Barrista Episode: "Pilot"
2006–07 Watch Over Me Caitlin Porter Main role, 58 episodes
2007–09 Kyle XY Jessi Hollander Main role (seasons 2–3), 33 episodes
2009 Bones Molly Briggs Episode: "The Beaver in the Otter"
2009 CSI: Miami Jenna York Episode: "Flight Risk"
2011 Nurse Jackie Tunie Peyton 3 episodes
2011 Covert Affairs Reva Kline 2 episodes
2011 The Birds of Anger Annie Short
2012 Perception Nikki Atkins Episode: "Messenger"
2014 Under the Gunn Herself, Judge Episode: "Superhero Fashion"
2014–15 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sif 2 episodes
2015–present Blindspot Jane Doe / Remi Briggs Lead role
2015 The Brink Lt. Gail Sweet Recurring role
2017 Talking with Chris Hardwick Herself
2018 Ridiculousness Herself

Video game[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2011 Thor: God of Thunder Sif[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television[27] Kyle XY Nominated
2011 Scream Awards Best Supporting Actress[28] Thor Nominated
2011 Breakout Performance – Female[28] Nominated
2017 10th Action Icon Awards Action Iconic Award Blindspot Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rose, Lacey; O'Connell, Michael; Sandberg, Bryn Elise; Stanhope, Kate; Goldberg, Lesley (August 28, 2015). "Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Pejkovic, Matthew. "Interview with Thor actors Jaimie Alexander and Tom Hiddleston". Trespass Magazine. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  3. ^ VanAirsdale, S.T. (May 23, 2011). "Jaimie Alexander on Her Thor Breakthrough and Visions of Lara Croft". Movieline. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Martindale, David (September 18, 2015). "Colleyville Heritage grad Jaimie Alexander inks starring role in NBC's 'Blindspot'". Fort Worth Star-Telegram – via www.star-telegram.com.
  5. ^ "Jaimie Alexander Fan » Jaimie". jaimie-alexander.com. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  6. ^ "Thor Poster, Jaimie Alexander as Sif". Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  7. ^ George 'El Guapo' Roush (September 22, 2009). "Thor, Iron Man And The Fighter Are Facebook Friends With David Fincher". Latino Review. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (July 12, 2010). "'Loosies' film tight with thesp trio". Variety. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 8, 2010). "'Nurse Jackie' Scoop: 'Kyle XY' beauty Jaimie Alexander cast as [spoiler alert]!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  10. ^ Ng, Philiana (June 6, 2011). "Jaimie Alexander will appear in at least three episodes in the new season with Stormare in one". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  11. ^ Dimako, Peter (February 1, 2011). "Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor to star in 'SAVANNAH' historical drama". Movie Jungle. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  12. ^ "Thor's Jaimie Alexander joins Schwarzenegger's Last Stand". October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  13. ^ Alston, Joshua (October 6, 2015). "Blindspot turns around a disastrous episode with a twisty final act". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnGNWFV6Rak Save You Matthew Perryman Jones OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO (HD)
  15. ^ "Welcome to Milo Ventimiglia's Ultradome!". ComicAttack. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  16. ^ "Mixing video games and horror for short movie magic". USA Today. October 12, 2011.
  17. ^ Michelle Ward (November 30, 2012). "Peter Facinelli Finds Love with Costar Jaimie Alexander". People. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  18. ^ Cynthia Littleton (August 25, 2014). "Inside the Emmy Parties: MPTF's Evening Before, Showtime, NBC, ICM Partners Cap Emmy Eve". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 23, 2014. Jaimie Alexander has reunited with her "Kyle XY" producer Julie Plec, and the two are animatedly chatting along with Alexander's beau Peter Facinelli
  19. ^ Andriakos, Jacqueline (March 18, 2015). "Peter Facinelli Is Engaged to Jaimie Alexander". People. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  20. ^ "Jaimie Alexander first public appearance since calling off engagement".
  21. ^ "Slip Fells Action Heroine". PageSix. New York Post Holdings, Inc. November 18, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  22. ^ Doty, Meriah (September 25, 2012). "Thor Star's Scary On-Set Injury". Yahoo! Movietalk. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  23. ^ TODAY, Jaimie Alexander Lists All Her Injuries From ‘Blindspot’ Stunts | TODAY, retrieved 2019-01-31
  24. ^ "Blindspot Star Jaimie Alexander In Hospital After Her Appendix Ruptured". People.com. Meredith Corp. March 9, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  25. ^ Martin, Michael (January 3, 2010). "Jaimie Alexander". Interview Magazine.
  26. ^ "Q&A - Thor's Jaimie Alexander on Marvel Spoilers, Her Geeky Roots, and Wonder Woman's Breasts". FilmCritic.com. May 4, 2011. Archived from the original on May 6, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  27. ^ "Kyle XY Nominated for Several Saturn Awards". March 10, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
  28. ^ a b "'Scream Awards 2011' Nominations". Retrieved October 9, 2011.

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