DO meet Alex Mcgre­gor

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamourama -

This Capeto­nian is look­ing to be­come our next Hol­ly­wood ex­port.

“I feel like I’ve been act­ing since I got out the womb. I’ve al­ways known I wanted to be in the in­dus­try,” says brunette bomb­shell Alex Mcgre­gor. And while in­fant am­bi­tion might seem a lit­tle ex­treme, the 24-year-old did win her first spot in the lime­light – de­liv­er­ing a line in a Ger­man car com­mer­cial – when she was just six. From there, it was just a hop, skip and jump to be­com­ing the face of the kids di­vi­sion at Storm Models, sign­ing with the Cape Town agency APM and se­cur­ing a part in the TV se­ries Char­lie Jade at age 10.

“At first my par­ents weren’t keen on me work­ing in such a harsh in­dus­try, but once they saw how pas­sion­ate I was, they changed their minds,” she says.

Her first fea­ture film role was in the teen fran­chise Spud. “I still get recog­nised as Chris­tine,” she says of the role. Then, af­ter ma­tric­u­lat­ing, she landed the lead in lo­cal movie Im­punity, which pre­miered at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in 2014. Now her fo­cus is on in­ter­na­tional pro­jects. “My man­ager in New York sends info on cast­ing calls and I au­di­tion via self-tape.”

And there is a dol­lop of luck and tim­ing in there, too. Ear­lier this year, for ex­am­ple, she was cast in the pi­lot Searchers, which she de­scribes as “eye-open­ing in terms of un­der­stand­ing how the US in­dus­try works.” And even though the pi­lot wasn’t picked up, it did mean that she was able to join the Warner Broth­ers fam­ily.

For the mo­ment, you can see her do­ing her thing as Karma d’ar­gento in the se­ries Blood Drive, and as Su­san Del­gado, love in­ter­est to Idris Elba’s Gun­slinger in The Dark Tower, out this month.

“I love be­ing able to draw on dif­fer­ent emo­tions to tell peo­ple’s sto­ries,” she says. And when she isn’t do­ing that? “You’ll find me hang­ing out at the beach or en­joy­ing a good burger with my boyfriend, Bjorn Stein­bach. He’s an ac­tor, too!”

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