1. She started out as a singer. Alexandra belted out the National Anthem at Little League All-Star games for more than six years.
2. She landed roles on two TV shows in under two hours. Ninety minutes after scoring the role of Maddie on As the World Turns in 2005, Alexandra got a call from MTV asking her if she’d want to take part in True Life: I’m Getting My Big Break.
3. She’s a soap star. Alexandra received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2007 for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her turn in As the World Turns.
4. She’s appeared in two web series. She starred in Rockville, CA, a 2009 Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) web series on TheWB.com, and she plays Danielle in Talent, an Alloy Entertainment web series based off novels by Zoey Dean. (Alloy is the company behind Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and The Lying Game.)
5. According to The Vampire Diaries casting crew, Nina Dobrev makes a better Elena. Alexandra auditioned for Elena, but we all know who landed that plum role.
7. She’s a girl with a cause. After her uncle died from lung cancer in October 2010, Alexandra volunteered for the Free to Breathe Yogathon in March 2011 to raise funds for National Lung Cancer Partnership.