First appearing on television as a guest in a 2002 episode of “Witchblade,” Alexis Dziena is probably best recognized by TV viewers for her role as Kira Underlay on ABC science fiction television series "Invasion" (2005-2006). She also has guest-starred in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order," "Joan of Arcadia," and "One Life to Live," as well as appeared in the TV movies "She's Too Young" (2004) and "Stone Cold" (2005).
On the big screen, this 5' 2" of Polish, Italian, and Irish descent could be seen in the films "Strangers with Candy" (2005), "Broken Flowers" (2005), "Havoc" (2005), "Sex and Breakfast" (2007), "Fool's Gold" (2008), and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008). Next, she will play Kristen Bell's younger sister in the upcoming comedy movie "When in Rome."
Childhood and Family:
On July 8, 1984, Alexis Gabbriel Dziena (last name is pronounced da-ZEE-na) was born in New York City, New York. She has an older brother named Alex who is a musician and a DJ.
Nicknamed “Wonder Girl,” Alexis, who is of Polish, Italian, and Irish descent, attended high school at Saint Ann's School alongside her “Bringing Rain” (2003) costar, Paz de la Huerta. She was also trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she appeared in a number of plays.
Alexis was a member of "The Eastsiders," whose some other members included her boyfriend Michael Pitt, Rodrigo Lopresti, Gray Madder, Francis Benhamou, Bennie Slay, Sam Lisenco and Ryan Donowho.
In addition to being an actress, Alexis is a budding playwright. In her spare time, Alexis writes plays, paints, and plays the piano, which she has played since she was three). She has also studied the cello and is now learning to play the drums. She is currently resides in Los Angeles, where she moved in 2005.
"I've played the piano since I was 3. I studied cello and I'm learning drums. I dabble with guitar, but I'm not very good at it." Alexis Dziena.
After playing a role in her high school production of “Twelfth Night,” Alexis Dziena became inspired to pursue acting and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. The aspiring actress made her television debut in a 2002 episode of “Witchblade” and followed it up with more guest roles in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order," and "Joan of Arcadia." She also co-starred with Marcia Gay Harden in the dramatic TV movie "She's Too Young" (2004) and supported Tom Selleck in the made-for-television movie adaptation of Robert B. Parker's novel, "Stone Cold" (2005).
Meanwhile, Alexis made her early big screen appearances in the independent drama "Season of Youth" (2003), the horror/thriller "Mimic: Sentinel" (2003) (V), and the romantic mystery/drama "Bringing Rain" (2003), in which she co-starred opposite Adrian Grenier. She also teamed up with boyfriend Michael Pitt in the fantastical coming-of-age film "Rhinoceros Eyes" (2003) and shared deleted scenes with Pitt in the crime/drama "Wonderland" (2003; starring Kate Bosworth, Carrie Fisher, Val Kilmer, and Dylan McDermott).
From 2005 to 2006, Alexis co-starred as Kira Underlay on ABC science fiction television series "Invasion," which follows a family struggling to survive the mysterious and extraterrestrial aftermath of a hurricane.
During this time, she was also cast in the 2005 films "Strangers with Candy," Paul Dinello's comedy starring Amy Sedaris, "Broken Flowers," Jim Jarmusch's mystery drama/comedy starring Bill Murray and Julie Delpy, "Pizza," Mark Christopher's comedy featuring Ethan Embry and Kylie Sparks, and "Havoc," Barbara Kopple's crime/romance starring Anne Hathaway. She also had deleted scenes in Danny Leiner's drama/comedy movie "The Great New Wonderful" (2005), which featuring Olympia Dukakis, Judy Greer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tony Shalhoub, and Will Arnett.
“It was a lot scarier in concept than it was in actuality. It was kind of fun.” Alexis Dziena (on playing an under-aged temptress in "Broken Flowers" (2005)).
In 2007, Alexis was spotted as a guest in an episode of "One Life to Live" and starred with Macaulay Culkin as young couple in troubled relationship in Miles Brandman's romantic drama/comedy movie "Sex and Breakfast."
Moviegoers could recently catch her as Donald Sutherland's spoiled daughter in Andy Tennant's romantic adventure/comedy "Fool's Gold" (2008; starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson) and as the man-eating Tris, who just dumped Michael Cera's Nick and goes to the same school as Kat Dennings' Norah, in Peter Sollett's romantic-teen-comedy film "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," which was based upon the novel of the same name by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. She also shared the screen with Russell Crowe and Laura Dern in John Polson's crime/drama film inspired by Robert Cormier's novel, "Tenderness" (2008).
Alexis is now on the set and will soon wrap her upcoming film project, "When in Rome," a comedy film directed by Mark Steven Johnson in which she will play Kristen Bell's younger sister who impulsively marries in Rome.