All My Children
Alexa Havins is popular among soap opera fans as Babe Carey on “All My Children,” a role she played from 2003 to 2007. She earned nominations at the Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Awards for her work on the show. She has also made guest appearances on “Reno 911,” “Rescue Me,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “CSI: Miami” and appeared in small roles in the movies “Fat Girls” (2006), “27 Dresses” (2008), “Hancock” (2008) and “Old Dogs” (2009). Prior to becoming an actress, Havins was a professional dancer.
Moviegoers should look forward to her performances in the upcoming films “Desert Fox” (2009) and “When in Rome” (2010).
“I'm bicoastal. To me, it's about going where the work is; Africa, Canada, bring it on! The only thing I'll tell you is that you will not catch me in New York in February ever again.” Alexa Havins
Havins is of Swedish and Irish descent. She is good friends with her ex onscreen mother Bobbie Eakes and former “All My Children” costar Billy Miller.
Childhood and Family:
Alexa Carole Havins was born on November 16, 1980, in Artesia, New Mexico. Her family moved to Chandler, Arizona, when she was a child. She was educated at Chandler High School and was later accepted to the influential Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City, where she first discovered acting. She said, “You go through a lot of changes when you move to New York. It's a totally different lifestyle. I've learned to love time alone. I've learned to relax. I feel very focused right now. very grown up.”
Alexa also studied acting under Brian Reise in Los Angeles, California.
On June 2005, Alexa married her “All My Children” costar Justin Bruening (born on September 24, 1979) in the Virgin Islands. The couple moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 2007 after they left the soap opera.
Alexa was given the nickname the “Ice Maiden” because she was very shy as a youth. Her mother used to call her “Babe” before she got the role of “Babe” on “All My Children.”
Alexa Havins developed a love for dancing by the time she was 3 and later danced professionally at the Universal Dance Association. It was not until she attended New York City’s Circle in the Square Theatre School that she began paying attention to acting. After realizing it was her true calling, she made the move to Los Angeles to pursue her ambitions. She recalled, “At one point in my career, I had to decide if I wanted to dance professionally or become an actor. I chose theater.”
Spotted by acclaimed acting coach Jean Fowler, Havins landed guest spots in the TV series “Secret Lives” and Comedy Central's “Reno 911” (both 2003). However, she did not hit the big time until she joined the cast of the ABC soap opera “All My Children” in the role of Arabella 'Babe' Carey Chandler in October that same year. She would go on to play the role for the next four years until October 2007. For her fine acting job, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and a Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress (both 2005). Havins also played the role in 22 episodes of the soap “One Life to Live” during 2003 to 2005.
Havins made her first feature film appearances in “Joe Killionaire” (2004), which was written and directed by Sean Morton, and the low budget comedy “Bank Brothers” (also 2004), directed, written and starring Kenneth Guertin. She was next seen as Samantha in the short film “First Kiss” (2005), written and directed by Tracy Michele Tabb, Trish Unger in Travis Betz's horror film “Joshua” (2006), and Tina in the quirky comedy “Fat Girls” (2006), where she appeared with her husband Justin Bruening. She then appeared “Brooklyn Rules” (2007), which was directed by Michael Corrente.
After leaving “All My Children,” Havins received a bit part in director Anne Fletcher's “27 Dresses” (2008), starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. She than had an unaccredited role in the action film “Hancock” (2008), which was directed by Peter Berg and starred Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman, was cast as Maureen in Richard Temtchine's comedy “How to Seduce Difficult Women” (2009) and appeared in Walt Becker's family comedy “Old Dogs,” starring John Travolta, Justin Long, Robin Williams, Seth Green, Kelly Preston, and Matt Dillon. On the small screen, Havins starred as Sarah in the short lived comedy “Turbo Dates” (2009), opposite Haynes Brooke. She also appeared in episodes of “Cold Case,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “CSI: Miami” (all 2009).
Havins has completed filming “Desert Fox” (2009), an action film by Keith Schwebel and written by Alejandro Becker-Barreto, and “When in Rome” (2010), a romance from director Mark Steven Johnson. She will costar with Rebecca Cardon, Mark Irvingsen, Kevin Schwebel and Ricky Moore in the first and Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Will Arnett and Jon Heder in the latter.