How did you get your start as an actress?
I grew up extremely shy as a child. My parents enrolled me in dance and beauty pageants to help me get out of my shell and being on stage performing really helped. I loved my new found confidence and the freedom I felt being on stage. Being more comfortable with performing I began putting on little skits and plays in my basement for my family which inspired the decision to sign up with a model/talent agency and take my hobby more seriously. I booked my first commercial at age 10 and from that day forward I knew acting was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I had a blast and felt the most alive I have ever felt!!
You had a part in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. What was it like to work on a big budget film like that in proximity to established stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Vin Diesel?
It was literally a dream come true. I’ll be honest – I had a huge crush on Vin Diesel growing up and to be able to work with him was like having my prayers answered. Samuel L. Jackson as well is such an incredible actor – one of the best in the world in my opinion. So to share the screen with both of these men felt like I was in alignment and truly on the path to becoming as successful as they are. So much gratitude for being part of that major Hollywood Blockbuster.
You play the title character in Season 2 of “The Chronicles of Jessica Wu”. What can audiences expect from your performance?
Jessica Wu is on the autism spectrum who has mastered martial arts. She becomes a hero in her city and takes down some of the most ruthless villains in Los Angeles. Jessica’s genius ability and martial arts help her become the most unique and fascinating Superhero of our time. Chronicles of Jessica Wu is fun, action-packed and an exciting series for the entire family.
The show was initially created with the focus of supporting autism awareness. How important was that focus to you when being cast for this show?
Extremely important. I felt honored to be able to play such a special character as Jessica Wu and bring awareness to the autism spectrum. I made sure to do a lot of research on autism to make sure that young girls (and boys) who are on the Austin spectrum would be able to watch this series and feel empowered. Knowing that there is a superhero out there that is just like them who is strong, intelligent, powerful, courageous and highly functional, living a “normal” life.
How do you approach a television role versus a film role?
I approach the fairly the same except with a slight difference in the pacing. Television is generally a quicker pace than Film. But besides that, the character building and breaking down of the scenes are all the same.
Is there any role that you’ve really wanted to play that you haven’t had the chance to yet?
MANY! I ultimately want to be a “Bond Girl”. Along with that I have been putting out to the Universe that I wanted to play Batwoman or Catwoman (but Jessica Wu is actually way cooler of a Superhero so I did manifest that one!) Also, I dream of playing in a Comedy Series with the tone of “New Girl” and “Friends”.
What’s next for your career?
I am currently filming a movie that I cannot disclose info on but will be released probably early 2020.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
“Follow Your Dreams” seems so cliche but it is true. You have to not only follow them but put the work in, take the classes, find an agent, GO to the auditions, be available, take risks, make investments towards your future knowing that this is your calling and that’s, that. You have the passions for a reason so trust your gut and pursue what makes your heart sing!
What’s your life like outside of acting?
Outside of acting, I love to be outdoors. I hike, swim, do yoga basically everyday and workout regularly. I am also a student of astrology and have been studying and reading friends natal charts for fun.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
I’m at @HelenaAlexis across the board – Instagram, twitter, FB. And my website is HelenaAlexis.com