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.
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!