Alexa Davalos

Active - 2003 - 2010  |   Born - May 28, 1982 in Paris, France  |   Genres - Fantasy, Drama, Historical Film, Horror, War

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After a quintessentially bohemian childhood that found her straddling New York, Paris, and Los Angeles (with a photographer father and actress mom), Alexa Davalos packed up, left the nest, and headed to Manhattan, flying solo. In the Big Apple, she instantly snagged lucrative assignments as a photographer's model for the likes of Peter Lindbergh, then discovered an inborn passion for acting and decided to make it the focus of her life.

In 2002, Davalos -- desirous of Hollywood fame and success -- migrated to Los Angeles and began signing for guest parts on series such as Angel and Undeclared. Her big break arrived when producers selected her to play Kyra, the heroine in the 2004 futuristic fantasy vehicle The Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel. Davalos next took on a prominent role as Samantha on the high-concept mystery-period series Reunion (2005). When highly touted series failed to catch on with viewers and was canceled after half a season, Davalos bounced back with a convincing portrayal as Diane Keaton's daughter in the well-received made-for-television feature Surrender, Dorothy (2006). The following year, Davalos stepped up several notches with a lead role in Robert Benton's much-anticipated drama Feast of Love -- an ensemble piece about a free-spirited woman who arrives in a small Northwestern town and recolors the life of everyone she meets. Also in 2007, Davalos appeared in the Stephen King horror adaptation The Mist, directed by Frank Darabont.

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  • Grandfather Richard Davalos made an impressive debut in 1955's East of Eden, but was overshadowed by another up-and-coming young actor who played his brother---James Dean.
  • Was inspired to be an actress as a young girl when she accompanied her mother Elyssa Davalos to Stella Adler's acting classes.
  • Began her film career at age 3 in John Frankenheimer's Riviera (1987).
  • Told film critic Paul Fischer while promoting The Chronicles of Riddick (2004): "I danced for a bit as a child, I did ballet and I was a bit of a swimmer but I was never an athlete until this and now I love it."
  • Is good friends with Reunion costar Amanda Righetti and was a bridesmaid in her 2006 wedding.