Alexandra Ruth Shipp is an American actress and singer who rose to prominence for portraying singer Aaliyah in the Lifetime television film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014) and Kimberly Woodruff in the Oscar-nominated film Straight Outta Compton (2015).
Shipp is best known for playing Storm in the X-Men franchise, starting with X-Men: Apocalypse, Abby Suso in the 2018 romantic comedy Love, Simon, and Susan Wilson in musical drama tick, tick… BOOM!.
Years active: 2009–present
Born age: July 16, 1991, 31 years old and 10 months, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S
Sun Sign: Cancer
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Height: 5’6″ / 167.64 cm
Measurements: 32-23-34 in / 81-58-86 cm
Bra size: 32B US / 70B EU
Early life and education
Alexandra Shipp was raised by her loving parents.
Both of her parents felt like creating her: her music was inspired by her father, while her mother hired her for music and dance lessons. They always supported his career and constantly tried to help him cultivate his gifts.
Her mother Amy Ruth is Caucasian and is a Kundalini yoga teacher, and her father black of African American descent is a musician.
She has two brothers, James Shipp Jr. a fairly successful radio host and Jordan Shipp, and a stepsister, Kasia Shipp.
Alexandra was educated at Squaw Peak Elementary School, Arizona School for the Arts, and St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career.
From an early age, she was passionate about the arts, began to dance and learned to play instruments. She was discovered by a talent agent when she was 14, and by the time she turned 17, she moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue her dream of becoming a successful Hollywood actress.
In 2009, Shipp made her acting debut with a minor role in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, in which she had a minor role.
Subsequently, she was cast in the Nickelodeon‘s mystery teen drama series House of Anubis, playing the role of KT Rush., in which she had a minor role.
She also appeared in another Nickelodeon show, Victorious.
In 2014, Shipp gained attention for her roles as Dani Raymond in the VH1 television film sequel Drumline: A New Beat and Aaliyah Haughton, the title role, in the Lifetime television film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. For the latter performance, Shipp also sang. She next portrayed Ice Cube‘s wife, Kimberly Woodruff, in the biographical drama film Straight Outta Compton, which chronicled the careers of hip hop group N.W.A. In 2016, she co-starred in Bryan Singer‘s superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse as Ororo Munroe/Storm, a weather-controlling mutant previously portrayed by Halle Berry. In 2018, she starred alongside Nick Robinson and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. in Love, Simon and Kathryn Prescott and Lucy Hale in Dude, both high school comedy films.
She reprised the role of Ororo Munroe / Storm in the 2019 film Dark Phoenix, and, the same summer, also starred as Sasha Arias in the Shaft sequel. In 2021 she starred in the film adaptation of tick, tick… BOOM! as Susan.
Shipp is set to star in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. It is scheduled for release on July 21, 2023.
Alexandra Shipp Career Highlights:
First Film: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
First TV Show: Switched at Birth (2011)
Alexandra Shipp Interesting Facts:
Ruth is her middle name.
She was discovered by a talent agent at age 14.
Her interests outside acting include songwriting and playing piano and guitar.
Alexandra Shipp moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 in order to pursue an acting career.
She was cast as Susan in the biographical musical drama Tick, Tick… Boom! opposite Andrew Garfield with the actress Vanessa Hudgens.
Shipp supports the LBGT community and publicly came out as a member of the LGBT community in June 2021, though she did not specify a label.