Model-turn actress Alexa Davalos is best-known for her role as Samantha Carlton in the Fox show “Reunion” (2005-2006). She is also memorable for portraying a young actress named Teddy Sampson in the Antonio Banderas vehicle And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003, TV), which was nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award. Her TV credits include a starring role in the made-for-television film Surrender Dorothy (2006) and guest appearances in such shows as “Angel” (2002-03) and “Undeclared” (2002).
Davalos made her feature acting debut in director’s David Twohy The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and starred in the Toronto-screened short The Ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2002) and the 2002 Sundance Institute’s Director’s Lab Disturbing the Peace.
Childhood and Family:
The only daughter to Greek-American actress Elyssa Davalos, Alexa Dalavos was born on May 28, 1982, in France. The young girl also inherited acting skills from her grandfather, actor Richard Davalos. Though raised in an actor family, she began her career as a model before finally switching gears to acting. Alexa speaks both Greek and French fluently.
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
Starting out as a model, Alexa Dalavos had her first television role in an episode of “Undeclared,” playing Susan. She made a big move to film that same year when Charles Lyons tapped her to portray sophomore college student Bess Gunther, who becomes the love interest of Charlie Hofheimer’s college senior James Powell, in the 12-minute short The Ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film, which also starred Jessica Lancaster, Mimi McGrath and Latarsha Rose, was officially selected for the Toronto Film Festival in 2002. Still in 2002, Dalavos also participated in the directorial debut of famous writer Mark Bomback for the 2002 Sundance Institute’s Director’s Lab, Disturbing the Peace. In the film, which is based on an adaptation of a Richard Yates novel, Dalavos was cast in the starring role of a young woman having an affair with a suburbanite to analyze the limits of her power over men.
The actress’ breakout television role arrived in 2003 when she was cast opposite Antonio Banderas in the Critic’s Choice-nominated television film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, playing Teddy Sampson. Helmed by Bruce Beresford, the biopic film is based on the story of Mexican-born ground-breaking Pancho Villa (played by Banderas), who made an agreement with renowned American director D.W. Griffith and Harry Aitken to stage the first Hollywood action movie by essentially putting the cameras right in the middle of battle. The same year, Davalos was also seen as the mutant Gwen Raiden in a few episodes of the Joss Whedon/ David Greenwalt-created series “Angel.”
After a series of TV and short film performances, Davalos eventually got her first taste in front of the big screen movie camera as Kyra in the science-fiction The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) for director David Twohy. Among her costars were Vin Diesel as Riddick, Colm Feore as Lord Marshal, Thandie Newton as Dame Vaako and Judi Dench as Aereon. Back to the small screen, Davalos made her series debut as a regular in the drama-mystery “Reunion” (2005-2006). Along with costars Dave Annable, Will Estes and Sean Faris, she remains in the role of Samantha Carlton. Recently, Davalos also undertook the starring role of Sara in the made-for-television film Surrender Dorothy (2006) opposite Lauren German, Josh Hopkins and veteran Diane Keaton.