Mini tat­toos: DO DON’T? love our It-girl

Star­ring in the hit films Straight Outta Comp­ton and X-men: Apoca­lypse, ac­tress Alexan­dra Shipp, 25, is on a roll. Pint-sized mas­ter­pieces are crop­ping up on celebs ev­ery­where.

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She may be a nat­u­ral beauty, but for Alexan­dra Shipp, it’s tenac­ity that re­ally counts. “Grow­ing up in a fam­ily of ath­letes, they were al­ways like, ‘Alex, choose a sport.’ I tried ev­ery one and they were all bad,” she re­veals. “I wanted to act. I loved ev­ery­thing about the the­atre.”

At just 17, Alex’s first big screen role was in Alvin and the Chip­munks: The Squeakquel. “When I got that, I was like, ‘Mom, I’ve got to stay in Los An­ge­les,’ and then I didn’t work for five years. I was a pet groomer, a live-in nanny, what­ever I could to do to pay rent.”

After wow­ing au­di­ences as Aaliyah in the 2014 TV biopic about the late R&B su­per­star, she moved on to Straight Outta Comp­ton, play­ing Ice Cube’s wife Kim Woodruff. “It was such a fun work en­vi­ron­ment. Kim and Cube were there, and we would lis­ten to NWA (Ice Cube’s for­mer rap group) in be­tween takes. One day, Dr Dre came to the set, and I lost it. He’s a very hand­some man.”

This year, she stars in X-men: Apoca­lypse as the su­per­heroine Storm, a weather-con­trol­ling mu­tant pre­vi­ously played by Halle Berry.

“Peo­ple aren’t go­ing to see Alex. They’re go­ing to see some­thing com­pletely new.”

And when she needed to shed her gor­geous locks for the role? “I told my friends, ‘Be at my house on Satur­day night at mid­night.’ I bought vodka, set up a cam­era, and filmed them shav­ing my head.” We think that Halle would ap­prove!

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