Written by Jill Sheets
Many of you may have seen actress Isabella Alexander on the show Fresh off the Boat. Her character, Alison, is the girlfriend of Eddie, played by Hudson Yang. Read on and find out more about her, her character Alison and five things people may not know about her. Also, be on the lookout for her upcoming projects! You won’t want to miss them.
R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in acting.
I: I am 14 years old, and I am pretty much a normal teenager who happens to get to work on television shows and in commercials. My start in acting came from what I thought was a devastating setback. I have always loved any type of performing arts, but I used to concentrate on competitive dancing. A few years ago, I had a really bad injury that put me in a full length leg cast. My inability to dance led me to focus on acting, and I found out that I loved it more than anything.
R: Tell us about your show Fresh Off the Boat and your character, Alison.
I: Fresh Off the Boat is a very funny comedy (on ABC) about a Taiwanese family who comes to live in Orlando in the 1990s. I play the girlfriend of the eldest son, Eddie. Alison is a smart, sweet student, but she bonds with Eddie through their love of rap music. She can even play “Ain’t Nothin but a G Thang” on the piccolo!
R: What was the audition process for the show?
I: It was a very quick audition process for the role. I think I had one audition and boom, the role was mine! It usually doesn’t happen that fast.
I: The cast has become like my family and working with them is so much fun! Some days I shoot with the characters in Eddie’s family, and other days the story is more about school and Eddie’s posse of friends. I have also learned so much as an actress from Randall Park and Constance Wu, who play his parents.
I have lots of great memories, but the episode about the Janet Jackson concert was my favorite. I got to dress up like Janet Jackson from her Rhythm Nation tour and work with some of her backup dancers.
R: You also played May in Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. Tell us about the show and your character.
I: Gortimer Gibbons is a great show about two best friends who live on Normal Street, expect Normal Street has something a little magical going on. May is a fun character because she is a bubbly cheerleader who gets into funny situations with the other characters.
R: Do you have any other upcoming projects?
I: There are a couple of projects in the works, but like most things in Hollywood, I can’t say much just yet.
R: How do you balance school and your career?
I: I make sure that every day I count my many blessings and remind myself that in difficult and stressful times, I am a very, very fortunate girl. I try to stay very organized and prioritize my time. It isn’t always easy, and sometimes I have to give up time with friends or certain activities, but it is totally worth it!
R: I read that you sing. Do you have any plans in the future or near future to record music?
I: I love to both sing and dance, and would love to record music if ever given the chance, but right now I am focusing mostly on my acting projects.
R: Who has been your biggest influence?
I: In acting, Jennifer Garner and Angelina Jolie. They both are terrific actors but are also known for “giving back.” I think that is really important. In life, my brother is my biggest influence. He is a little older, and the complete opposite of me, but I love him so much.
1) I love dogs!
2) I love “old” musicians and almost all types of music
3) I would love to have my own clothing line
4) I really like science and hope to someday be a neurosurgeon
5) I love to travel and hope to study abroad for a year during college
R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them?
I: Accept yourself and all of your flaws, and accept them in others as well. Once I did, I became happier than ever before. Also, jealousy will get you nowhere. Be happy for the success of others. There is room for everyone.
R: Tell us about some of the charities that are close to your heart.
I: There are so many great charities and I feel it’s important for teens to get involved and give back. Read Across America is an organization that promotes reading for children. This organization has impacted me greatly because all kids should have books and be encouraged to read. I also support Wounded Warrior Project, because I feel we should honor and help those veterans who were injured protecting our freedom.
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
I: “Do you and Hudson date in real life?’
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official site and/or YouTube page?
I: Of course, I love keeping in touch with my fans!
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
I: I really do love and appreciate my fans so much. They remind me every day how lucky I am!
R: Isabella, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.
I: It was so much fun talking to Relate!
Picture credit: Fresh off the Boat ABC, Sarah Dunlap