Alexandra Breckenridge is best known for being cast as Jessie Anderson in the AMC horror TV series, The Walking Dead. Having done voiceover work for a series of characters, including guest celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, in the popular animated comedy series, Family Guy and having played the role of young Moira O’Hara in the first season and the role of Kaylee in the third season of the popular TV show, American Horror Story.
Other names: Alex Breckenridge
Occupation: Actress, voice actress, photographer
Years active: 1998–present
36 years and 10 months
Hair Color Dark Brown (Natural), However, she often goes for blonde and auburn hue hair colors.
Eye Color Hazel
Height 5 ft 7½ in or 171 cm
Measurements 36-26-37 in or 91-66-94 cm
Bra size 34B
Michael Weatherly (Maternal Uncle) (Actor), Leland Davis Breckenridge, Jr. (Maternal Grandfather), Patricia Ruth Hetherington (Maternal Grandmother)
Alexandra Breckenridge is represented by the Los Angeles based Atlas Artists (Talent Management Company).
Alexandra Breckenridge began her career with supporting roles in the teen comedy films Big Fat Liar (2002) and She’s the Man (2006).
She later played reporter Willa McPherson in the series Dirt, and had a supporting role on the short-lived series The Ex List.
She is also the voice of various characters on the animated television series Family Guy.
She starred in the first season of FX’s American Horror Story: Murder House as young Moira O’Hara, and portrayed Kaylee in the third season, American Horror Story: Coven.
Alexandra Breckenridge was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She lived in Darien, Connecticut, until the age of 10, when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles.
A year later, they moved to Mill Valley, California. At age 13, Breckenridge became interested in acting, photography, and singing.
At age 15, she and her mother moved back to Los Angeles to pursue Breckenridge’s acting career. She is the niece of actor Michael Weatherly.
Career – Acting
Alexandra Breckenridge guest starred as Shelly Weaver on Freaks and Geeks in 2000. When she was 15, she met James Franco at an audition. She was surprised that Franco recognized her on the set of Freaks and Geeks.
She also guest starred on Dawson’s Creek, CSI, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Undeclared, Medium, and JAG.
She guest-starred as Francise in three episodes of Opposite Sex.
In 2002, she appeared in the film Big Fat Liar, starring Frankie Muniz, as Jason Shepherd’s older sister Janie.
Alexandra Breckenridge has had numerous voice roles on the animated television series Family Guy. During an interview with FHM, she stated, “When I first went for Family Guy, I auditioned for a guest voice. I don’t know why, but creator Seth MacFarlane really likes the sound of my voice. I’ll never understand that. He just liked me and they call me back all the time to do different things.”
Breckenridge often does celebrity impressions on the show, such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger. She also had roles on MacFarlane’s web series Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. She guest starred in the episode “With Friends Like Steve’s” of American Dad!, also created by MacFarlane.
In 2006, Alexandra Breckenridge starred as Monique in the film She’s the Man. She starred as Willa McPherson in the series Dirt from 2007 to 2008. She has appeared in a couple of shows that have later been cancelled.
In 2009, Breckenridge co-starred in the independent film The Bridge to Nowhere by Blair Underwood.
She also had a role in the film Ticket Out.
Alexandra Breckenridge had a recurring role in season four of HBO’s True Blood, and also in season one of FX’s American Horror Story as Moira O’Hara, the ghost of a maid trapped in the house in which she was employed. She also returned for several episodes in season three of the show, American Horror Story: Coven, as Kaylee: a young witch who excels in pyrokinesis.
In 2015, Alexandra Breckenridge began playing Jessie Anderson in season five of the AMC series The Walking Dead.
In 2015, she next co-starred in the psychological thriller Dark from executive producer Joe Dante and director Nick Basile.
In 2017 Breckenridge appeared in the recurring role of Sophie, Kate’s childhood friend and Kevin’s ex-wife, on the first season of NBC drama series This Is Us; she was promoted to the full-time cast for the series’ second season.
Alexandra Breckenridge is interested in photography and has her own darkroom in her apartment.
At age 24, she began taking photography seriously as a form of self-expression.
Her then-boyfriend Bryten Goss helped her with lighting.
In 2008, she had her first exhibit with Shalon Goss hosted by her uncle Michael Weatherly and presented by Edgar Valera.
She said, “I had so much to express emotionally with this show. Each photo is an expression of myself and the things I have gone through in the last three years. From my perspective, the purpose of art is to evoke feeling and to inspire. That’s all I hope to achieve.”
In September 2015, Alexandra Breckenridge married guitarist Casey Hooper.
On September 3, 2016, she gave birth to the couple’s first child, Jack Breckenridge Hooper.
In August 2017, she announced that they are expecting their second child.
Alexandra Breckenridge has several tattoos, which get covered by make-up for her on-screen projects, but not during photoshoots. She has said about them, “We cover them up. Some make-up artists are better than others, but there’s airbrushing, and there’s a sort of latex waterproof paint, body paint obviously.”
In 2002, she made her theatrical film debut playing the minor role of Anna in the comedy movie, Orange County. However, her work in the movie was uncredited.
Her first credited appearance came in another comedy movie of 2002, Big Fat Liar. She played the role of Janie Shepherd, who was the older sister of the lead male character.
First TV Show
In 2000, Alexandra made her first TV show appearance in the Valentine’s Day Massacre episode of teen drama TV series, Dawson’s Creek. She played the role of Kate Douglas on the show.
Alexandra Breckenridge Favorite Things
Horror Movies – The Shining (1980), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Amityville Horror (1979)
Alexandra Breckenridge Facts
She got interested in photography, acting, and singing as a 13-year-old. At that time, they were living in Mill Valley, California.
Her interest in acting was sparked by the work she had done in the local theater productions.
She was cast in the lead role for the pilot of the UPN drama show, Mystery Girl. However, the show wasn’t picked up as the prospective backers weren’t sure that a single female detective led TV series would be successful.
When Alex was 15 years old, she and her mother moved to Los Angeles to help her pursue a career in Hollywood.
Apart from acting, she is very much into photography and even has a dark room in her apartment. Her work has been displayed in several Los Angeles based art galleries.
In 2008, she held her first photography exhibition in partnership with Shalon Goss. The exhibit was presented by Edgar Valera and hosted by her uncle Michael Weatherly.
She was cast in the 2005 movie, The Jacket. However, her scene was cut from the final edition of the movie.
Alex is very fond of tattoos and often has to rely on makeup or body paint to cover her body art for her acting commitments.
Visit her official website @ alexandrabreckenridge.com.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015 is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, formerly being one of their brand “Angels”, for being the face of Burberry’s 2011 brand fragrance “Burberry Body”, for her work with M&S, and, most recently, for her artistic collaboration with denim-focused fashion brand Paige and for her role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Carly Spencer in 2011.
Kourtney Kardashian and her siblings are popular on social media from which they derive most of their revenue by endorsing products such as waist slimming pants, beauty products, Coca-Cola and prescription drugs, for which they are paid (as of 2016) between $75,000 and 30,000 per post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as per CBC Marketplace.
Joan Smalls ranked in 2013, at #8 on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Highest-Paid Models” list. She is Best Known For Having worked with big fashion houses and brands.
Other names: Joanji, Joan, Joan Rodriguez
Alma mater: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Height: 5 ft 10.5 in or 179 cm
Measurements: 32.5-24-34 in or 83-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Age: 30 years and 8 months
Eye color: Brown
Hair Color Brown
Sun Sign Cancer
Joan has appeared in many advertisements including Calvin Klein Jeans, Chanel, Cop-Copine, David Yurman, Dillard’s, Estée Lauder, Giambattista Valli for Macy’s, Givenchy, Givenchy eyewear, Gucci, Gucci eyewear, Lacoste, Liz Claiborne, Neiman Marcus, Ports 1961, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney
IMG Models – New York
IMG Models – Paris
IMG Models – London
IMG Models – Milan
In 2011, Joan Smalls became the first Latina model to represent Estée Lauder cosmetics.
In January 2014, Smalls appeared on the “Return of the Supermodel” cover of American Elle.
In 2012, Smalls was ranked the number #1 model in the world according to Models.com; she is currently ranked as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry.
In 2010, Smalls began modeling for Victoria’s Secret, and was featured in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show from 2011-2016.
Early life and education
Joan Smalls Rodríguez was born and raised in Hatillo, Puerto Rico.
She has two sisters.
Her father, Eric Smalls, is an accountant, and is West Indian from Saint Thomas, of African and Irish ancestry.
Smalls’ mother, Betzaida Rodríguez, is a social worker, who is Puerto Rican, and of Spanish, Taino, and Indian (South Asian) heritage.
Smalls graduated magna cum laude from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to become a model.
She was signed by Elite Model Management in 2007. In 2009, she left Elite Model Management and signed with IMG Models worldwide, where she changed her focus to runway work.
She was signed as a Givenchy exclusive for Riccardo Tisci’s Spring/Summer Haute Couture show in January 2010, and her modeling career took off.
Since working for Givenchy, Joan Smalls has modeled haute couture and ready-to-wear collections for top designers and fashion houses such as Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Isabel Marant, Burberry, Moschino, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Missoni, Chloé, Alexander Wang, Versace, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, Fendi, Dior, DSquared², Valentino, Oscar De La Renta, DVF, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Sui, Stella McCartney and many more.
She has appeared in shows for fashion week in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. In 2010, Smalls began modeling for Victoria’s Secret and has appeared in their 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Joan Smalls has appeared in editorials for several international editions of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, i-D, GQ, Dazed & Confused, Elle, Industrie, Interview, American and Spanish V, Glamour and W. Her international covers include the Italian, American, Australian, Japanese, Turkish, Brazilian, Mexican, Latin American, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and German editions of Vogue; the British, French, Dutch, South African, Turkish, Belgium, Italian and American editions of Elle; the South African, Mexican, Latin American and British editions of GQ; and the American, British, Japanese, Brazilian, Kazakhstan, Bulgarian, Dutch, Thai, Czech, Singaporean, Malaysian, Argentine, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, German, Spanish, Korean, Latin American, Mexican and Indian editions of Harper’s Bazaar.
Joan Smalls has appeared on the cover of Numéro, W, W Korea, Lui, Porter, Garage, Lucky, Dazed & Confused, Glam Belleza Latina, The Last Magazine, V, 10, Madame Figaro, Self, Grazia, The Edit, The Impression, Caras, ES Magazine, WSJ, POP, i-D, 032c, Narcisse, Document Beauty, WWD, Glamour, Stylist and CR Fashion Book.
In September 2013, Joan Smalls and fellow model Karlie Kloss appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, which dubbed them “The New Supers”.
She appeared in the 2012 and 2014 Pirelli Calendar.
Joan Smalls also featured on the cover of American Vogue’s September 2014 issue.
Joan Smalls has been photographed by fashion photographers such as Steven Meisel, Mert and Marcus, Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, Hans Feurer, Terry Richardson, David Sims, Inez & Vinoodh, Norman Jean Roy, Camilla Akrans, Alasdair McLellan, Ellen Von Unwerth, Emma Summerton, Josh Olins, Mikael Jansson, Daniel Jackson, Tom Munro, Willy Vanderperre, Michael Thompson, Gilles Bensimon, Luigi Murenu, Daniele + Iango, Sean & Seng, Sebastian Faena, Sølve Sundsbø, Giampaolo Sgura, Cass Bird, Roe Ethridge, Richard Bush, Cedric Buchet, Henrique Gendre, Txema Yeste, Victor Demarchelier, Boo George, Matt Jones, Russell James, Charlotte Wales, Chris Colls, Todd Hido, Jason Kibbler, Greg Kadel, Marcus Ohlsson, Carter Smith, Sebastian Kim, Vivian Sassen, Cuneyt Akeroglu, Luigi & Iango, Zee Nunes, Matthew Welch, Brigitte Lacombe, Mariano Vivanco and Glen Luchford.
Joan Smalls is the first Puerto Rican fashion model chosen by brands to front their advertising campaigns, including Gucci, Gucci Eyewear, Chanel, Fendi, Fendi eyewear, Balmain, Calvin Klein Jeans, Givenchy, Givenchy Eyewear, Roberto Cavalli, Lacoste, Gap, J Crew, Ralph Lauren, Studio W., Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Free People, W Hotels Worldwide – Global Fashion Innovator, Mercedes-Benz, Next, Ogilvy, Target, Smartwater, Hanes x Karla, H&M, Katie Grand for Hogan, ICB, Smart & Sexy, True Religion, Giambattista Valli, David Yurman, Estée Lauder, Ports 1961, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung, Hugo Boss, Hugo Boss Eyewear, Tiffany & Co., Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Versace, Versace Eyewear, Missoni, and Missoni Eyewear, Stuart Weitzman, United Colors of Benetton, Calvin Klein Underwear, Joe Fresh, Replay, Moschino, Liu·Jo, Liu·Jo eyewear, Karl Lagerfeld, Bottega Veneta, Bottega Veneta Eyewear, Dsquared², Etam, Brandon Maxwell, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu.
In 2017, W Hotels Worldwide appointed Supermodel Joan Smalls as the first ever Global Fashion Innovator. Smalls will help create, shape and innovate W’s global fashion platform around the world. From special appearances and distinct collaborations to exclusive in-room and digital content, Smalls will add her signature style and taste to the W Hotel guest experience.
n 2011, Estée Lauder signed Joan Smalls to its line-up of global beauty ambassadors. She is the first Latina signed to a worldwide campaign for the brand. Richard Ferretti, Estée Lauder’s global creative director stated, “The word supermodel is overused, but if there’s any woman of our generation who deserves the title, it’s Joan. She can go from looking girl-next-door to superchic-tough-strong—and she is all of that.”
In 2015, Joan Smalls teamed up with Estée Lauder to create 12 New Matte Lipsticks for the cosmetics giant.
The Supermodel provided inspiration for the 12 new shades, including a broad selection of reds, pinks, chocolatey browns and a dark burgundy (all permanent additions to the Estée Lauder line).
Television and media
Joan Smalls served as co-host (along with model Karlie Kloss) of the MTV fashion series House of Style.
She was featured alongside singer Bruno Mars in the June 2011 edition of Vogue.
In 2006 she appeared in Ricky Martin’s “It’s Alright” music video.
In November 2013, she co-starred with actor Michael K. Williams in the music video and short film for the American rapper ASAP Rocky’s track “Phoenix”, written by Asia Argento and Francesco Carrozzini and directed by Carrozzini. In 2013, she appeared in Beyoncé’s “Yoncé” video.
Joan Smalls will appear as a guest judge on the ninth season of the reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race.
In 2015, Joan Smalls designed a Denim Collection, Joan Smalls x True Religion. Photographer Steven Klein shot Smalls for the True Religion collection ad campaign.
In 2017, Smalls teamed up with the Smart and Sexy brand, to create a line of lingerie and swimwear to be sold at Walmart.
Awards and recognition
In September 2012, Joan Smalls was named “Model of the Year” at the 9th Annual “Style Awards”. Supermodel Iman presented Smalls with the award.
In 2013, Smalls ranked #8 on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Highest-Paid Models” list, earning an estimated $3.5 million.
In September 2012, Joan Smalls was ranked #1 on the “Top 50 Models Women” list by Models.com.
She remained at the top of the list until August 2014, when the site named her as one of the “New Supers”.
In January 2014, Smalls appeared on the cover of American Elle and was featured in the article “The Return of the Supermodel: It’s Joan Smalls”.
In April 2014, supermodel Cindy Crawford posted an update on her Facebook page calling Joan Smalls one of her favorite new models.
Crawford wrote, “She has great style—sexy and elegant with a touch of tomboy thrown in! And she showed off her great moves in the Yoncé video!”
Joan Smalls is involved with a non-profit organization called Project Sunshine, where she helps children with medical needs.
Smalls was part of the ‘Jeans for Refugees’ campaign, a Johny Dar project and artistic fundraising initiative dedicated to helping refugees around the world, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee. She has also been involved with The Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks, Inc. to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles.
Mark Gordon. Joan started working with Gordon 4 years ago.
She does not diet, so, she goes to the gym every day for an hour (before any swimwear photoshoot).
Joan Smalls has scoliosis (abnormal curving of the spine cord). So, Gordon makes an appropriate schedule for her which includes strength training, interval exercises, cardio and targeted exercises for abs and buns.
Joan Smalls Favorite Things:
Favorite Food – Spanish
Favorite Restaurant – Her Kitchen
Favorite Perfume – Tom Ford’s Black Orchid
Favorite Beauty Products – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Daily moisturizer with SPF 15, and Sumptuous Mascara
Favorite Lipgloss – Estee Lauder Nude Rose Lipgloss
Favorite Photographer – Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Favorite Place – Tanzania, Africa
Favorite Fashion Designers – Riccardo Tisci, Frida Giannini, Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone
Favorite Shoe Designer – Christian Louboutin and Tabitha Simmons.
Joan Smalls Facts:
Joan Smalls has featured alongside Bruno Mars in Vogue 2011 edition.
Joan Smalls started modeling for Victoria’s Secret and has appeared in 2011 Fashion Show.
Some of her friends are Bobbi Wiens, Danielle Hamm, Shelby Coleman, Lea T.
According to models.com, Joan Smalls is the world’s no. 1 model since September 1, 2012.
She has a pet named, Mr. Grey (cat). She left her pet cat at her parents’ house in Puerto Rico.
She wants that Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy should design her wedding dress.
Being a model, her every day is unpredictable as she needs to travel to different places for fashion shows, which she likes it.
Joan has appeared in Ricky Martin‘s “It’s Alright” video.
She spent her first hard earned money for buying a car for her father.
Joan Smalls was selected to walk the ramp exclusively for Givenchy Spring 2010 couture show.
Joan has not acted in any film.
First TV Show
Till now, she has appeared only in Fashion Shows. Joan appeared in Ready to wear – Spring /Summer 2008 and other fashion shows as well.