Alexandra Hetherington "Alex" Breckenridge (born May 15, 1982) is an American actress, photographer and voice actress. Noted for her role as Willa McPherson on the television series Dirt, she also had a supporting role on the short lived series The Ex List. She also is the voice of various characters on the animated television series Family Guy. She starred as Moira O'Hara's younger self in the 2011 FX television season American Horror Story: Murder House and portrayed Kaylee in the 2013–14 season, American Horror Story: Coven. Breckenridge is currently portraying Jessie Anderson in AMC's The Walking Dead.
Breckenridge was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on May 15, 1982. She lived in Darien until the age of ten, when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles. A year later, they moved to Mill Valley, California. At age 13, Breckenridge became interested in acting, photography and singing. At age 15, she and her mother moved back to Los Angeles to pursue Breckenridge's acting career. Her uncle is actor Michael Weatherly, who is best known for his role as Special Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo in the TV series NCIS.
Breckenridge guest starred on Freaks and Geeks in 2000 as a character named Shelly Weaver. When she was 15, she met James Franco at an audition. She was surprised that Franco recognized her on set on Freaks and Geeks. She also guest starred on Dawson's Creek, CSI, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Undeclared, Medium and JAG. She guest starred as Francise in three episodes of Opposite Sex. In 2002, she appeared in the film Big Fat Liar, starring Frankie Muniz, as Jason Shepherd's older sister Janie.
Breckenridge has had numerous voice roles on the animated television series Family Guy. During an interview with FHM, she stated quoting: "When I first went for Family Guy I auditioned for a guest voice. I don't know why but [creator] Seth MacFarlane really likes the sound of my voice. I'll never understand that. He just liked me and they call me back all the time to do different things." Breckenridge often does celebrity impressions on the show, such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger. She also had roles on MacFarlane's web series Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. She guest starred in the episode "With Friends Like Steve's" of American Dad!, also created by MacFarlane.
She is interested in photography and has her own darkroom in her apartment. At age 24, she began taking photography seriously as a form of self-expression. Her then-boyfriend Bryten Goss helped her with lighting. In 2008, she had her first exhibit with Shalon Goss hosted by her uncle Michael Weatherly and presented by Edgar Valera. She stated quoting: "I had so much to express emotionally with this show. Each photo is an expression of myself and the things I have gone through in the last three years. From my perspective, the purpose of art is to evoke feeling and to inspire. That's all I hope to achieve."
In 2006, Breckenridge starred as Monique in the film She's the Man. She starred as Willa McPherson in television series Dirt from 2007 to 2008. She has appeared in a couple of shows that have later been cancelled. She does not take this personally as her roles are mostly supporting characters. In 2009, Breckenridge co-starred in the independent film The Bridge to Nowhere by Blair Underwood. She also has a role in the upcoming film Ticket Out.
Breckenridge had a recurring role in season 4 of HBO's True Blood, and also season one of FX's American Horror Story as Moira O'Hara, the ghost of a maid trapped in the house in which she was employed. She also returned for several episodes of season 3 of the show, American Horror Story: Coven, as Kaylee: a young witch who excels in pyrokinesis.
In 2015, Breckenridge starred as Jessie in Season 5 of the AMC series The Walking Dead. She will next be seen in the psychological thriller "DARK" (2015) from executive producer Joe Dante and director Nick Basile.
Breckenridge has several tattoos on her body. They get covered by make-up for her on-screen projects but not during photoshoots. She has said about them, "We cover them up. Some make-up artists are better than others, but there's airbrushing, and there's a sort of latex waterproof paint, body paint obviously." In September 2015, Breckenridge married guitarist Casey Hooper.
|2002||Big Fat Liar||Janie Shepherd|
|2002||Vampire Clan||Charity Lynn Keesee|
|2002||Slasher Flick||Laura||Short film|
|2006||She's the Man||Monique|
|2006||Jack Rabbit||Harley||Short film|
|2008||The Art of Travel||Kate|
|2009||The Bridge to Nowhere||Sienna|
|2011||Darkest Hour||Alicia||Short film|
|2014||Other People's Children||Ariel|
|2015||Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story||Sara|
|1998||Even the Losers||Unknown||Television movie|
|1999||Locust Valley||Arden||Television movie|
|2000||Dawson's Creek||Kate Douglas||Episode: "Valentine's Day Massacre"|
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||Shelly Weaver||Episode: "Looks and Books"|
|2000||Opposite Sex||Francise||3 episodes|
|2001||Undeclared||Prim and Proper Girl||Episode: "Prototype"|
|2002||Undeclared||Celeste||Episode: "Eric's POV"|
|2002||Charmed||Michelle Miglis||Episode: "A Paige from the Past"|
|2002||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Kit Holburn||Episode: "Lessons"|
|2004||Mystery Girl||Katie Hill||Television short|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lisa 'Cleopatra' Hunt||Episode: "Turn of the Screws"|
|2004||JAG||Pia Bonfilio||Episode: "There Goes the Neighborhood"|
|2005||Murder Book||Sarah||Television movie|
|2005||Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||Michele Weinberger||Television movie|
|2005||Medium||Isabel Galvan||Episode: "Jump Start"|
|2005||Sex, Love & Secrets||Maddie Lyall||Episode: "Protection"|
|2005–14||Family Guy||Various (voice)||54 episodes|
|2006||American Dad!||(voice)||Episode: "With Friends Like Steve's"|
|2007||Psych||Betty||Episode: "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast"|
|2007–08||Dirt||Willa McPherson||Main role: 20 episodes|
|2008||Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy||Princess Peach (voice)||2 episodes|
|2008||The Ex List||Vivian||Main role: 13 episodes|
|2010||Sons of Tucson||Gina||2 episodes|
|2010||Life Unexpected||Abby Cassidy||5 episodes|
|2011||Cooper and Stone||Jenna Cooper||Television movie|
|2011||Franklin & Bash||Emily Claire||Episode: "Bachelor Party"|
|2011||True Blood||Katerina Pelham||4 episodes|
|2011; 2013||American Horror Story||Young Moira O'Hara||6 episodes (Murder House)|
|Kaylee||2 episodes (Coven)|
|2012||Save Me||Carly Brugano||Main role: 7 episodes|
|2012||Men at Work||Katelyn||Episode: "Wake and Bake"|
|2014||Rake||Brooke||Episode: "A Close Shave"|
|2015–present||The Walking Dead||Jessie Anderson||Season 5 (Recurring role: 5 episodes)|
Season 6 (Main role: 2 episodes)
|2015||Extant||Zoe Grant||Episode: "Morphoses"|