Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge (born May 15, 1982) is an American actress. She began her career with supporting roles in the teen comedy films Big Fat Liar (2002) and She's the Man (2006). She later played reporter Willa McPherson in the series Dirt, and had a supporting role on the short-lived series The Ex List. She is also the voice of various characters on the animated television series Family Guy. She starred in the first season of FX's American Horror Story: Murder House as young Moira O'Hara, and portrayed Kaylee in the third season, American Horror Story: Coven. She portrayed Jessie Anderson in the AMC series The Walking Dead, and Sophie on the NBC series This Is Us.
Breckenridge in 2012
Alexandra Hetherington Breckenridge
May 15, 1982
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
|Other names||Alex Breckenridge|
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress|
Casey Hooper (m. 2015)
|Relatives||Michael Weatherly (uncle)|
Breckenridge was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She lived in Darien, Connecticut, until the age of 10, when she and her mother moved to California. A year later, they moved to Mill Valley, California. At age 13, Breckenridge became interested in acting, photography, and singing. At age 15, she and her mother moved back to Los Angeles to pursue Breckenridge's acting career. She is the niece of actor Michael Weatherly.
Breckenridge guest starred as Shelly Weaver on Freaks and Geeks in 2000. When she was 15, she met James Franco at an audition. She was surprised that Franco recognized her on the set of Freaks and Geeks. She also guest starred on Dawson's Creek, CSI, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Undeclared, Medium, and JAG. She guest-starred as Francise in three episodes of Opposite Sex. In 2002, she appeared in the film Big Fat Liar, starring Frankie Muniz, as Jason Shepherd's older sister Janie.
Breckenridge has had numerous voice roles on the animated television series Family Guy. During an interview with FHM, she stated, "When I first went for Family Guy, I auditioned for a guest voice. I don't know why, but [creator] Seth MacFarlane really likes the sound of my voice. I'll never understand that. He just liked me and they call me back all the time to do different things." Breckenridge often does celebrity impressions on the show, such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger. She also had roles on MacFarlane's web series Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. She guest starred in the episode "With Friends Like Steve's" of American Dad!, also created by MacFarlane.
In 2006, Breckenridge starred as Monique in the film She's the Man. She starred as Willa McPherson in the series Dirt from 2007 to 2008. She has appeared in a couple of shows that have later been cancelled. In 2009, Breckenridge co-starred in the independent film The Bridge to Nowhere by Blair Underwood. She also had a role in the film Ticket Out.
Breckenridge had a recurring role in season four of HBO's True Blood, and also in season one of FX's American Horror Story as Moira O'Hara, the ghost of a maid trapped in the house in which she was employed. She also returned for several episodes in season three of the show, American Horror Story: Coven, as Kaylee: a young witch who excels in pyrokinesis.
In 2015, Breckenridge began playing Jessie Anderson in season five of the AMC series The Walking Dead. In 2015, she next co-starred in the psychological thriller Dark from executive producer Joe Dante and director Nick Basile. In 2017 Breckenridge appeared in the recurring role of Sophie, Kate's childhood friend and Kevin's ex-wife, on the first season of NBC drama series This Is Us. She was promoted to a series regular for the second season, and appeared in one episode in season three.
In September 2015, Breckenridge married guitarist Casey Hooper. In September 2016, she gave birth to the couple's first child, a son. In August 2017, she announced that they were expecting their second child; their daughter was born in December 2017.
Breckenridge has several tattoos, which get covered by make-up for her on-screen projects, but not during photoshoots. She has said about them, "We cover them up. Some make-up artists are better than others, but there's airbrushing, and there's a sort of latex waterproof paint, body paint obviously."
|2002||Big Fat Liar||Janie Shepherd|
|2002||Vampire Clan||Charity Lynn Keesee|
|2002||Slasher Flick||Laura||Short film|
|2006||She's the Man||Monique Valentine|
|2006||Jack Rabbit||Harley||Short film|
|2008||The Art of Travel||Kate|
|2009||The Bridge to Nowhere||Sienna|
|2011||Darkest Hour||Alicia||Short film|
|2014||Other People's Children||Ariel|
|2015||Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story||Sara|
|1998||Even the Losers||Unknown||Television film|
|1999||Locust Valley||Arden||Television film|
|2000||Dawson's Creek||Kate Douglas||Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"|
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||Shelly Weaver||Episode: "Looks and Books"|
|2000||Opposite Sex||Francise||3 episodes|
|2001||Undeclared||Prim and Proper Girl||Episode: "Prototype"|
|2002||Undeclared||Celeste||Episode: "Eric's POV"|
|2002||Charmed||Michelle Miglis||Episode: "A Paige from the Past"|
|2002||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Kit Holburn||Episode: "Lessons"|
|2004||Mystery Girl||Katie Hill||Television short|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lisa 'Cleopatra' Hunt||Episode: "Turn of the Screws"|
|2004||JAG||Pia Bonfilio||Episode: "There Goes the Neighborhood"|
|2005||Murder Book||Sarah||Television film|
|2005||Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||Michele Weinberger||Television film|
|2005||Medium||Isabel Galvan||Episode: "Jump Start"|
|2005||Sex, Love & Secrets||Maddie Lyall||Episode: "Protection"|
|2005–present||Family Guy||Various characters||Voice role; 64 episodes|
|2006||American Dad!||Girl||Voice role; episode: "With Friends Like Steve's"|
|2007||Psych||Betty||Episode: "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"|
|2007–2008||Dirt||Willa McPherson||Main role|
|2008||Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy||Princess Peach||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2008||The Ex List||Vivian||Main role|
|2010||Sons of Tucson||Gina||2 episodes|
|2010||Life Unexpected||Abby Cassidy||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2011||Cooper and Stone||Jenna Cooper||Television film|
|2011||Franklin & Bash||Emily Claire||Episode: "Bachelor Party"|
|2011||True Blood||Katerina Pelham||4 episodes|
|American Horror Story||Young Moira O'Hara||Recurring role; 6 episodes (Murder House)|
|Kaylee||2 episodes (Coven)|
|2012||Men at Work||Katelyn||Episode: "Wake and Bake"|
|2013||Save Me||Carly Brugano||Main role|
|2014||Rake||Brooke||Episode: "A Close Shave"|
|2015–2016||The Walking Dead||Jessie Anderson||Recurring role (season 5); Also starring (season 6); 11 episodes|
|2015||Extant||Zoe Grant||Episode: "Morphoses"|
|2016||Pure Genius||Margot Byer||Episode: Pilot|
|2017–2018||This Is Us||Sophie||Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2); guest (season 3)|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2018||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sarah Kent||Episode: "Mea Culpa"|
|2019||Virgin River||Melinda Monroe||Main role|
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