Tuesday, July 31, 2018

SDCC - The Man in the High Castle - Alexa Davalos Interview


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Alexa Davalos was born in Paris, France, to American parents, Jeff Dunas, a photographer, and Elyssa Davalos, an actress. Her father's family were Jewish immigrants (from Russia and Lithuania). After a quintessentially bohemian childhood that found her straddling New York, Paris, Italy and Los Angeles, Alexa Davalos headed to Manhattan. 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.

Born into a family of performers - her grandfather Richard Davalos starred alongside James Dean in East of Eden (1955) - in 2002, Davalos turned her focus to acting and migrated to Los Angeles and began signing for guest parts on series such as Angel (1999) and Undeclared (2001). Her big break arrived when producers selected her to play "Kyra", the heroine in the 2004 futuristic fantasy vehicle The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), starring Vin Diesel. Davalos next took on a prominent role as "Samantha" on the high-concept mystery-period series Reunion (2005). When the 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 (2007) -- 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 (2007).

Alexa continued her ascent in Hollywood by being cast in Edward Zwick's Defiance (2008), released in 2008, as "Lilka", Daniel Craig's love interest. Her haunting beauty and spirited performance garnered raves from critics. In 2009, Alexa was cast in the much coveted lead role of "Andromeda" in Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans (2010), alongside Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. Alexa is, without a doubt, one of Hollywood's fastest rising young stars.
      


The Man in the High Castle is an American dystopian alternate history television series, produced by Amazon Studios, Scott Free Productions, Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions, and Big Light Productions. The series is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. In the series' alternate version of 1962, the Axis powers have won World War II and divided the United States into the Greater Nazi Reich, comprising more than half of eastern part of the continent, and the Japanese Pacific States to the west. These territories are separated by a neutral zone that encompasses the Rocky Mountains. The series follows characters whose destinies intertwine after they come into contact with a series of propaganda films that show a very different history from their own.

Premiering in January 2015, the pilot was Amazon's "most-watched since the original series development program began". The next month, Amazon ordered episodes to fill out a ten-episode season, which was released in November to positive reviews. A second season of ten episodes premiered in December 2016. with a third season announced a few weeks later, to be released on October 5, 2018. On July 21, 2018, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the series had been renewed for a fourth season.


The Cast at Comic Con. Photo by Rich Polk - © 2018 Getty Images

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH JASON O'MARA and ALEXA DAVALOS
JOURNALIST: KRISTIN CERCADO

LOCATION: COMIC CON, SAN DIEGO, CA

Video/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)
ALEXA DAVALOS TRIVIA:
  • She is the daughter of actress Elyssa Davalos.
  • Speaks French and English.
  • Is an only child
  • Granddaughter of actor Richard Davalos.
  • Niece of Dominique Davalos.
  • She was Amanda Righetti's bridesmaid at her April 29, 2006 wedding. This is well documented in InStyle Magazine which covered the event in Hawaii.
  • Alexa was born in Paris, France, to American parents. She speaks some French.
  • Her father's family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Russia and Vilnius, Lithuania).
  • Attended the Flea Theatre in New York.
  • Parents divorced when she was 8.
  • Gained a huge cult fan base following her guest starring role as Gwen on Angel (1999), in fact she even has a Gwen action figure.
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