The one role that changed everything for Alexandra Daddario

Although many met her from The White Lotus, Alexandra Daddario has been on Hollywood’s radar for over a decade. Per IMDb, her career began at age 16 with a role on “All My Children.” Since then, Daddario has appeared in a variety of films and television series, from the Percy Jackson films to Baywatch.

“It’s funny because I’m 35 now and I did ‘Percy Jackson’ when I was like 22, 23, so there’s this whole new generation of adults who are like, ‘Oh my God, Annabeth, I’m with you growing up,” Daddario told Awards Radar. Regarding her career, the actress stated that the movies she likes the most are either nostalgic ones or meaningful ones.

How she bridged the gap, Daddario once explained, which role marked a turning point in her career — and it’s not what you’d expect.

Alexandra Daddario bared it all – and it paid off

Alexandra Daddario starred in the first season of True Detective in 2014. In her role on the show, she played the love interest of Woody Harrelson. According to Daddario, being on True Detective was just another career move, so she was surprised by what happened next.

“I wasn’t expecting what was going to happen, which is — it’s been a long time — to get undressed on a show I wasn’t a big part of, I didn’t know what to expect,” Daddario told Collider. After the episode aired, the actor’s manager shared that her phone was “ringing non-stop.” She had more offers than ever. She said, “Everyone in town wanted to meet me and then I booked San Andreas, so no, I never expected that from this role.”

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While Daddario knew the show was going to be big, little did she know her performance would lead to so much more for her career. “It was tactical, but not that tactical,” she added.

Alexandra Daddario talks about her acting career

Recently, Alexandra Daddario talked about her beginnings as an actress. As previously mentioned, she got her start on the soap opera All My Children. While she was grateful for the opportunity, the actor can’t help but cringe at her former self, per E! News.

“I wasn’t a very good actress,” Daddario told Women’s Health. Memorizing her lines was easy enough, but “find [her] camera, find [her] easy, even learning to walk naturally – it took a lot of practice.” Her instinct told her something was wrong with her performance, so she did what she could to get better. Daddario took acting classes to hone her craft. “I knew I loved what I was doing and that I could be better.”

Since then, her career has been stable, spanning two decades and multiple genres. At her success, Daddario humbly expressed her own disbelief. “I never expect anything like that to happen,” Daddario continued about her career. “You keep surprising me. I just do what I love.”