Jaimie Alexander Talks ‘The Last Stand,’ ‘Thor’ 2, & Her High School Wrestling Days
Jaimie Alexander and Rodrigo Santoro in Lionsgate's 'The Last Stand'
If Jaimie Alexander has somehow flown under your radar thus far, you might want to get a new radar.
Yes, Alexander's awfully nice to look at, but that's not the only reason to keep an eye on the rising star; she's also well on her way to becoming a bona fide action hero.
Alexander is probably best known for playing Lady Sif in Marvel's "Thor," a role she'll be regally reprising in "Thor: The Dark World," which debuts this November.
And with her recent gig playing opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Governator's big comeback film, "The Last Stand," Alexander certainly pumped up her action resume. Alexander plays Sarah Torrance, a small-town police officer who stands shoulder to shoulder with grizzled Chief Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) and a ragtag host of deputies (including Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville) to fend off a drug kingpin trying to shoot his way across the Mexican border. It's an old-school, good vs bad action flick, and Alexander more than holds her own.
While promoting this week's home entertainment release of "The Last Stand," Alexander spoke with us over the phone. Besides chatting about why the film got a bum rap and what it's like to shoot an action flick with Arnold, Alexander also spoke candidly about what we can expect from Lady Sif in the next "Thor," how her high school wrestling days prepared her for action, and whether or not she can beat up her boyfriend, "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli.
Adam Pockross: I have to say, I loved "The Last Stand". But it wasn’t received the way that I thought it would be. What did a lot of critics miss?
Jaimie Alexander: I think a lot of people didn’t know what to expect from the movie and that has a lot to do with marketing. And I think what was on the surface wasn’t as appealing to some people.
And also at the time, unfortunately, the horrible tragedy of the Newtown shootings, we had a lot of that with what was going on with our film. A lot of the press questions had to do with gun control and so it just kind of outweighed the fun aspect of something that’s an alternate reality. It's fantasy and I just think people didn’t want to see that type of movie at that time.
I think they missed the fact that this is a movie about a small town that bands together to try to do what’s right, to try to put an end to a violent man who has hurt a lot of people. We were all law enforcement, and I think people kind of missed that story and just thought it was about shooting guns and blowing stuff up.
Unfortunately, that’s kind of what happened, but I’m hoping that people in the comfort of their own homes with a DVD will enjoy it and see that it’s a fun movie. It’s a movie that makes me very proud. I’ve worked really hard on it and I’ve really truly loved my cast members and crew. And I think when you see the movie you’ll be able to see how well everybody really got along and how much we actually really do care for each other off screen and on screen.
AP: How did you get involved with the project in the first place? What was the first time you met Arnold?
JA: Well, I got called by a casting director. Actually, my agents did and said, "Hey, I think this is a perfect role for you." And so I read the script and I went in and met with the director and producers and I was like, "Wow, I really like this." And then a couple of months went by and I said, "Well, I guess maybe they’re not making it."