His mother built him his own harpsichord, his first ever instrument.
He was in the animated movie The Halloween Tree.
His band played their first show in 1995 at The Dragonfly in Hollywood.
He is friends with guitarist Darren Robinson.
He is a big Beach Boys fan.
He has hazel-coloured eyes.
He feels that David Byrne of the Talking Heads has been an inspiration in his life.
He has appeared in two ads for PETA.
Alex originally played the piano but changed to guitar when he was 14.
In 2006, he collaborated with DJ Mark Ronson.
He is of Jewish heritage.
He is a vegan.
He is friends with Drew Barrymore and Jena Malone.
He is 6 feet tall.
He played the sociopathic school bully Seth Devlin in Donnie Darko.
He is good friends with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Alex was a model for the clothing company The Gap and was featured in many of their ad campaigns.
Alex is the lead singer for the band Phantom Planet.
Alex: Music has just always been a part of my life. It speaks my language.
Alex: My friend dared me to go vegan as I was reading this book Fast Food Nation, which opened my eyes to a lot of cruelties. Ever since then, I've been vegan and enjoyed it daily.
Alex: There was definitely a time in eighth or ninth grade when I decided that instead of skateboarding with my friends, I should go home and play guitar.
Alex: (When speaking of his lyrics) I think that every song is sort of like a study in the way that a song should be. Each one is a feeling or a sentiment or a time or a place or all that stuff combined.
Alex: My mom is a guitar teacher and an abstract painter--an all-around artist and a wonderful woman.
Alex: (on his long hair) I look like Jesus.