Alia was nominated for two S.A.G. Awards, in 2005 and 2006, for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Arrested Development.
Alia is an accomplished pianist, and often plays in her spare time.
Alia is left handed.
She loves to hear Oldies, some Rap, Rock and Pop.
Her favorite food to eat is her grandmother's dessert called 'Leche', a frozen yogurt.
Actors she would like to work with include: Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and her grandfather, Paul Burke.
Her role models are: her mother, her grandmother, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and many others.
Alia's parents are Dina and Tony Shawkat.
She won Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Supporting Young Actress for Arrested Development (2005).
She was nominated Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series; Leading Young Actress for State of Grace (2002).
Alia was in the movie Rebound (2005).
She appeared in a Lifetime movie original Not Like Everyone Else, based on the true story of, Brandi Blackbear.
Alia was in the TV movie Trail of The Old Drum.
Alia has 2 pet cats named Max and Simba.
Alia's nickname is, Allie.
Alia is in the movie; Deck the Halls (2006) with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick.
Alia's character, Hannah, on State of Grace was Jewish and went to an all girls' Catholic school run by Nuns.
As of 2006 she splits her time between her home and Rancho Mirage and Los Angeles where she resides with her parents and her two brothers.
In her free time, Alia enjoys horseback riding, ice-skating, and dancing.
Her great-great-grandfather, Martin P. Burke, was a New Orleans policeman in 1898.
Alia was introduced to show business by appearing in a Calvin Klein catalog, which immediately attracted the attention of commercial and theatrical agents in Hollywood.
Alia's former State of Grace co-star, Mae Whitman, had a recurring role her third TV show, Arrested Development.
Alia appeared on Veronica Mars in season 2 with Arrested Development co-star Michael Cera.
When she is not filming, she attends a private school near her home in Rancho Mirage, where she studies; English, Physics, Math, Geography and Drama.
She is the great-granddaughter of Martin Joseph "Marty" Burke, a boxer who fought Gene Tunney and sparred with Jack Dempsey. Later he and his wife owned a string of nightclubs in the New Orleans French Quarter.
One of her ambitions is to attend Yale University, studying International Relations.
She is 5' 5 1/2" (1.66 m).
She is the granddaughter of Paul Burke, who appeared as Detective Adam Flint on the TV series Naked City (1959) and fomer dancer Peggy Pryor.
Her role models include Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep.
Alia's father is Iraqi and her mother is of Irish and Norwegian origin.
Alia Shawkat was the first cast member of Arrested Development to sign on to the show.
She was the little girl in the movie, Three Kings, in which her father had a cameo.
Alia Shawkat: To this day I'll never open another script or side and it won't ever relate to opening an Arrested Development script. They just flow so differently and it's so much easier to read. It's like a different level. I'm spoiled to be able to read these scripts every day.
Alia Shawkat: (on Arrested Development) A laugh track would ruin the show. I would never, ever want it to be like that. But for Middle America they want the jokes where it's like 'ba-da-ba', and then the punchline, so they can take time to soak it in and still eat at the same time.
Alia Shawkat: (on FOX and Arrested Development's cancellation) I've never felt too good about FOX to tell you the truth. They're always keeping us on the edge. We never really know about anything. I never get too nervous because it's nothing too definite. I'm definitely not a big fan of them at the moment. They all say one thing to our face and then they're like, 'Oh, by the way, you're not really on the fall schedule'.
Alia Shawkat: People should recognize who you are and how you can act rather than how famous you are.