Making her mark

Blindspot star Jaimie Alexan­der trained so hard for the role, she won­ders if the CIA will ac­tu­ally re­cruit her. By TIF­FANY BAKKER

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AS the ma­jorly tat­tooed, mem­ory-chal­lenged “Jane Doe” on the hit new tele­vi­sion drama, Blindspot, Jaimie Alexan­der reck­ons she’s found a novel way to keep up her train­ing for the role.

“When I first started, I had a Navy SEAL train me for a couple of months. Now I lift my dog up over my head and carry him around. He doesn’t seem to mind,” smiles the 31-year-old. “At this point, I’m just won­der­ing if the CIA is go­ing to re­cruit me. I mean, it could hap­pen.”

Not that Alexan­der’s a stranger to a few bat­tles. Af­ter all, she’s best known for her big-screen roles as the hard­core war­rior Sif on Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In­deed, tele­vi­sion wasn’t even on her radar, un­til Blindspot’s cre­ator Martin Gero came call­ing.

“I had al­ways loved her as Sif and I thought she was ex­actly who we needed for this role,” Gero says. “She’s vul­ner­a­ble, she’s tough, and she’s a hard-a---. I thought she was per­fect.”

Alexan­der, though, needed a lit­tle con­vinc­ing.

“I didn’t want to sign on to a gig that would take sev­eral years of my life, un­less I knew I was go­ing to have fun with it or be chal­lenged by it,” she says, in a break be­tween shoot­ing on the show’s Brook­lyn set. “Thank­fully, this show re­quires all of my tal­ents, and ev­ery skill-set I have, so it’s never bor­ing.”

Alexan­der’s char­ac­ter, Jane Doe, is first seen in the show af­ter she emerges from a duf­fle bag in the mid­dle of a de­serted Times Square, naked but cov­ered in tat­toos. She has no mem­ory and the FBI (which in­cludes Aussie ac­tor Sul­li­van Sta­ple­ton, whose char­ac­ter’s name is tat­tooed across Jane’s back) is tasked with solv­ing crimes through her many ink­ings.

“She’s cov­ered in story – that’s the way I look at it,” she says. “Her body is lit­er­ally a trea­sure map.”

Alexan­der loves the tat­toos, which can take up to eight hours to ap­ply (she also has nine of her own), and oc­ca­sion­ally she keeps them on off­set. Some folks, though, aren’t al­ways too keen on the ink.

“I had my full sleeves out one day and I got on an el­e­va­tor at a fancy build­ing in New York, and the two peo­ple that were on there, got off,” she says, one eye­brow raised.

“They wouldn’t ride the el­e­va­tor with me. It made me feel crummy, and then it made me laugh, be­cause I thought, they must have a fun life – I was so shocked.

“They thought I was go­ing to kill them, I guess.”

Most pub­lic in­ter­ac­tions are more pleas­ant.

“A lot of peo­ple want to hug me, be­cause they feel so bad for my char­ac­ter – they’re gen­uinely wor­ried about me,” she says.

“They’re like, ‘Jane, I just want to give you a hug’. At first I was a lit­tle wary. Now I’m like, ‘OK, I can take a hug’.”

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