All About Alexa Demie
The Euphoria breakout starlet gets another hit of dopamine in Waves, one of this season’s most talked-about movies. “Waves is even more intense than Euphoria,” Demie says of Trey Edward Shults’s follow-up to It Comes at Night. “I shot the pilot of Euphoria, then I flew to Florida to do Waves, then I came back to finish Euphoria. I had so much fun in Florida, but there were a couple of scenes that were tough. One in particular kind of fucked me up for a couple of weeks. I feel like I wasn’t really the same for a bit. It took me a while to get my groove back.”
“I went to México the week that Euphoria premiered, and I stayed in a room that didn’t have television,” says the 24-year-old native Angeleno. “I just wanted to disconnect. Then, I looked at my phone and we were trending number one in Mexico. I knew it was an incredible show, but I didn’t realize how major it was going to be.”
“I grew up in a house that was literally flooded with fashion magazines,” says Demie, who will next appear opposite Maya Hawke in Gia Coppola’s Mainstream. “I remember being a little girl, sitting on the floor, going through all the magazines, and just sketching out, trying to copy the gowns that were in there and making them my own.”
“I thought I was going to be a fashion designer,” she says. “I actually got into art school, and when I went to orientation I was like, ‘What am I doing here? I don’t want to go to school.’ So, I left and I never went back.”
“What I try and do for balance is I go to nature a lot,” she says. “I have a secret spot in L.A. where I go to just lay on the grass. I stay there for a couple hours. You don’t have cell service, so you’re just there. I always feel rejuvenated, and then I come back and I get back to work.”
This article appears in the fall 2019 50th anniversary issue of Interview magazine. Subscribe here.
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