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Tuesday
Jul312012

Sadie Alexandru: Mad Men Interview

The original face of Las Vegas' national campaign, "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas," Sadie Alexandru is now heating things up on AMC's critically acclaimed Emmy Award winning series "Mad Men" as the new sassy SCDP secretary, "Scarlett." From film to television to theatre to modeling, Sadie Alexandru is everywhere!

Her film credits include the HBO/Cinemax film noir "Femme Fatales" opposite Casper Van Dien, "Firoozeh" in "Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage" with Patrick Stewart and the action blockbuster, "Gamer" starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall. Her indie credits include the upcoming features "Starting From Scratch" and "Act Naturally," which just received the Audience Choice Award at the United Film Festival. In addition to "Mad Men," Sadie's television credits include "As the World Turns" and "Neighbros," a new series produced and directed by Laura Prepon.

Los Angeles theatregoers are familiar with her starring role in the critically acclaimed production of "Love Sucks." The Ovation Award nominated hit played to full houses throughout its five-month run at West Hollywood’s Coast Playhouse.

When Sadie is not performing, she can been seen in dozens of national commericals for Comcast, Jared Jewelers, Swiffer, Coors, Wendy's, Merck, Turbo Tax, Staples, 1-800-Flowers, Milky Way, Hasbro and Bud Light (featuring Carlos Mencia) and more.

Sadie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. She also studied at the London Academy of Theater under Patron Dame Judi Dench and at the William Esper Studio in New York City. Her Los Angeles training includes on camera studies at the Steve Eastin Studio and the Academy of Theatrical Combat.

Sadie Alexandru as "Scarlett" in AMC's "Mad Men"For more on Sadie Alexandru be sure to visit http://www.sadiealexandru.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I really think I was born wanting to perform. I was a ballet dancer when I was younger, at the holidays I used to choreograph numbers with our cousins and family friends' kids and have a big performance at the end of the night. All I really knew about performance was dance until I got into movies. My mom had a VHS copy of "National Velvet" starring Elizabeth Taylor in the house and I must have watched it a million times as a child. I love the story of the lead character Velvet Brown. I remember thinking: "I want to be her." Years later, I realized there is a career path in which one gets to live the life of anyone they want...for a short time.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? The first thought that comes to mind when asked this question always is The Coen Brothers. They blow my mind with their brilliance. They are hilarious, dark, a little bit odd. I absolutely love their work and I'd probably give a pinky toe to work with them...painted with green nail polish, of course.

3. What made you want to audition for AMC's "Mad Men"? I was on a commercial shoot in 2008 and a guy I was working with said "You should be on 'Mad Men!' You'd be perfect on that show." Then I asked him..."what's 'Mad Men?'" I got a hold of the first season dvd and I was absolutely hooked; a fan for life. Since then I've had a lot of people mention I'd be a good fit for the show. It was always a motivating fantasy in my mind to join the cast and now that I'm a part of it; I'm a true believer in manifesting one's dreams.

4. What do you enjoy most about being on the show? Matthew Weiner is incredibly meticulous. He has carved out such a definitively accurate and beautiful environment that the modern day world is long gone in my mind once I step onto set.

5. What do you idenitfy most with about your character "Scarlett"? I see "Scarlett" as a driven, little fire cracker. I think I'm very much like her in that way. A girl doesn't just step in and run a partner's meeting at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce without some fire in her heart.

6. What do you get from your film/television work that you do not get from your theatrical endeavors? It's hard to compare the two; they are such different medium. Sometimes I think of them as entirely different crafts. Theater work and television/film work are both so fulfilling and exhausting in very different ways. In the theater you have to sustain a constant stamina in front of a live audience for a solid chunk of time where on a film/television set there are breaks...lots of breaks. If you're not careful, they can challenge your inertia. On a film/television set you have to pace yourself in a different way then on stage. Sometimes it's really quite nice to do a scene at a time; there's a lot less pressure in that way.

7. What did it mean to you to be the original face of the national commercial "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas"? I had a blast through that entire process. The morning of the audition I remember thinking "I want to wear a leopard scarf in my hair today" and I did it. It was a little daring for commercial audition attire but it truly was how I was feeling that day and it worked! The character they were looking for in that commercial was a fairly wholesome girl, out on the town, being bold and a little ballsy...I had no idea at the time but I woke up that day and the job was meant for me! It was a fantastic opportunity because people were stopping me all over New York asking if I was the Vegas girl. Traditionally, I don't find that doing commercials make you a household name per se but I certainly became a household face for a bit. For years, 3 out of 5 people I met socially would say "do I know you?" They couldn't quite place me but I felt familiar to them.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer/model? Wow. A lot. I had no idea I was such a social misfit. I was always an over-acheiever in school and very responsible. As I grew older I realized that going against the grain was much more comfortable to me. I have friends who have full-time 9-5 jobs; I look at them and feel kind of ashamed of my lifestyle; at times I try to convince myself that I'm not a fully-developed, responsible grown up. But when I conquer things like joining the cast of a 4 time Emmy winning drama I think to myself; "hmm...you work your butt off; it's not easy to get to a place where you are recognized by such brilliant and powerful people in your field." Over the course of the lifetime of any artist there are truly violent highs and lows, career-wise. I think the most valuable thing I've learned about myself is that I'm determined; I'm a fighter.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? When someone compliments your work; say thank you. That's it. Do not bring your own feelings, hang-ups, dissapoinments...all of that extra garbage into the conversation. If someone puts their heart into watching you and listening to your art...then takes the initiative to compliment your work...you thank them. Leave the self-judgment to rehearsal time.

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I love fantasizing about powerful women in history. I'd have to say someone like Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth, Susan B Anthony, Harriet Tubman; someone iconic, revolutionary, controversial and brave.

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