Alex Rice

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Alex Rice

Born

1973 on the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve in Quebec, Canada

Birth Name

Alexandrea Kawisenhawe Rice

Gender

Female
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Alex Rice was born Kanien'kehaka on the Kahnawake reserve located in Quebec, Canada and is a member of the Mohawk Nation. While still a child, Alex and her family moved to Brooklyn, New York where they lived in a community made up of mostly Mohawk ironworkers. At first,…more

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  • Trivia

    • To prepare for her lead role in the film On The Corner, Alex set aside her healthy life style and yoga routine and starting chain smoking and hanging out on drug-infested street corners in bad parts of town, just to see how prostitutes live and act.

    • Alex is a health advocate and does a lot of physical exercise, including roller-blading and swimming.

    • Alex's mom, Melody, when asked about marriage, says she thinks a girl should wait until she's 30 before tying the knot, and doesn't harp on Alex about it.

    • Alex's dad, a Native ironworker, died of a heart attack when she was 16.

    • Alex was one of two Kahnawake residents chosen to go to Los Angeles for an MIT modeling convention and soon after landed a job working behind the scenes on the Judge Judy television show.

    • Alex attended both Dawson College and Concordia University, where she majored in library science.

    • Alex graduated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School in New York City.

    • When Alex turned 14, she wanted to go into modeling, but her mother discouraged it so she would finish school.

    • In 1999, Alex was cast in a lead role for the musical production "The Quest for Madoc", a play which ran in Cardiff, Wales, celebrating the bicentennial of the journey of an explorer named John Evans who traveled from North Wales to the U.S. in 1792 in search of Welsh-speaking Indians.

    • Alex Rice: It has been a struggle (as an unknown Native American actress just starting off) but when I do actually get to work and do movies and television it is all worth it and I wouldn't change a thing about my life.

    • Rice was initially rejected by most Hollywood casting agents who told her there were no parts for a Native American in mainstream television and films.

    • Alex Rice: Entertainment has a Lucy Lui, a Jennifer Lopez and a Halle Berry, but they don't have an Alex Rice yet.

    • Alex Rice: I want to be the first Native American to host Saturday Night Live. I want to be the first Native American Bond girl.

    • Alex received the First American Award from the First Americans In The Arts Committee for her role in the 2005 TV movie A Thief In Time.

    • Alex won the Best Actress Award from the American Indian Film Institute for her role in the PBS Mystery movie Coyote Waits.

    • To date her most visible role may be that of Janet Pete, the agressive public defender in the PBS Mystery! movies based on the bestselling Tony Hillerman novels which center around Navajo Tribal Policemen Jim Chee (Adam Beach) and Joe Leaphorn (Wes Studi).

    • She decided against a career in dancing after she got her first role in a video produced for her high school.

    • In her youth, Alex trained to be a professional dancer.

    • Alex is a member of the Mohawk Nation of Native Americans.

    • Alex grew up in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

  • Quotes

    • Alex Rice: Entertainment has a Lucy Lui, a Jennifer Lopez and a Halle Berry, but they don't have an Alex Rice yet!

    • Alex Rice: I want to be the first Native American to host Saturday Night Live. I want to be the first Native American Bond girl.

    • Alex Rice: There is beauty even in the darkest of places.

    • Alex Rice: I became an actor because it was always my dream. I always felt the presence of many stories inside of me, stories dying to get out and to be told through me.

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