Indigenous Canadian actress Paulina Alexis breaks barriers


name: Pauline Alexis

Age: 21

Hometown: Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Reserve, Alberta, Canada

Currently lives: A one bedroom apartment in Edmonton, while his family home on the reserve is undergoing renovations.

Claim fame: Ms. Alexis is an Indigenous Canadian actress whose portrayal of Willie Jack in the FX black comedy “Reservation Dogs” has garnered praise, especially from powerful Hollywood players like Barry jenkins. Created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, “Reservation Dogs” is the first television series to feature an all-native writers’ room and roster. “I always wanted to be an actor, but I felt embarrassed to tell anyone about my dream,” Ms. Alexis said. “There was no performance on television. I didn’t think I would make it.

Big cut: Ms Alexis comes from a family of filmmakers and followed her older brother, Nathan Alexis, into the acting profession at the age of 13. On the day of her high school graduation she got an email from her agent. “I was like, ‘What is this?’ And then ‘Oh my god. , this is for “Ghostbusters” Mom, I have “Ghostbusters”! ‘ I was freaking out, ”she said. “My whole family started jumping up and down and going crazy. “

Latest project: For “Reservation Dogs”, Ms. Alexis initially auditioned for the role of Elora Danan, the female lead. But Mr. Harjo asked him to also read for another part, originally written for a boy. “He wanted me to read for Willie Jack. He thought I would be funny for that, ”she said. The character is a tough kid with a funny bone and a heart of gold. “Everyone knows a Willie Jack, you’ll find her on every downstairs.”

Next thing: In addition to the second season of “Reservation Dogs”, she will be filming “Bones of Crows,” a CBC mini-series about Canada’s residential school system by Aboriginal filmmaker Marie Clements. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” in which Ms. Alexis appears alongside Bill Murray, Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard, is slated for release next month.

Ice movements: Ms. Alexis plays many sports, but her heart belongs to hockey. “Growing up on the first floor, I have been playing hockey since I was four years old,” said Alexis. “My dad picked up a net from the side of the road – we really didn’t have much back then. I was the worst when I started, but I was working on my skills every day. She was often the only player, but the boys welcomed her. She plays on the left wing and has just completed tryouts for the Alberta Junior Hockey League.


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