Jaimie Alexander plays fearless warrior “Sif” in Thor:The Dark World and in reality, the beautiful actress uses her strengths to bring positivity to young girls, and empower women on and off screen. While recently in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to join in on a group interview with Jaimie. Being the mother of two daughters, and a fan of strong female lead characters, I have to say this interview was one of the highlights of my trip.
Q: How does it feel to be a lead female character in the Marvel Universe?
JA: Oh, man. That’s loaded. It’s an amazing feeling. Especially when the character is written so well like my character is. You know, it’s about her personally and the physically follows. And I think that’s the way to write a female character really well, and Marvel does that. So, for me it’s been a dream come true for me.
Q: Your character in the comics has a romantic relationship with Thor? Will we get to see any of that, the triangle they have going on?
JA: You know, there’s — it’s always going to be a little — you know. They hint at it a little bit…
Q: Is there a side of your character we’ll see in part two that we didn’t see in the first movie?
JA: Yes, actually. You get to see a very vulnerable side of Sif. And you also get to see what her fellow Asgardians mean to her. Now, in the first movie, we explored that a little bit. She’s very protective. Her first priority is to protect her fellow Asgardians and the throne. This one, there’s a little bit of heartache, but it’s really amazing, because she’s very selfless. The heartache is definitely an underlying tone to her. And then she kind of puts it aside and says, “You know what? I have lives to save. I’m gonna put that first,” so you kinda get to see what she’s made of a little bit.
Q:What did you like best about Sif?
JA: You know, again, I like that she’s selfless, and, actually, in a way that’s one of her greatest strengths, but it’s also her downfall. She really puts everyone else first, also she’s not afraid to give her opinion. She does it respectfully, but she definitely stands up for what she believes in. So, I can appreciate that, and I try to adopt that in my own life as much as I can. Without scaring people. I don’t carry a weapon. Not that anyone can see anyway.
Q: I have a ten-year old daughter who loves you. You know. How many girl warriors are there? So, have you gotten a lot of feedback from younger girl fans that are following you?
JA: Yeah. You know, it’s great, because I actually speak at schools, and I speak out about positive body image. I know, you guys look at me and, you’re like, “You’re tall…Blah blah blah.” I have less an A cup, okay? So there are things about me that aren’t Hollywood standard. I actually really like it. I have tattoos. I grew up with four brothers. I was a high school wrestler. I did all of these things that aren’t typical of a young woman. So, for me, I like to embrace that side of my personality and let my, I guess my uniqueness, show, and I try to say to young women, I say, “Don’t be afraid of yourself.” You know… “Work what your momma gave you, and appreciate it, because everybody is different, and nobody is duplicates, so no one can actually be you, so you have that above everyone else.” And I try to incorporate that in Lady Sif, where her costume is – she’s covered. She’s not revealing anything. Yet, she’s feminine. But she’s also tough, so you really see her personality before you see her physicality, and that’s most important.
Q: Along the same lines, for young girls looking to you as their superheroes, is there anyone that you looked up to, growing up?
JA: Okay. I know what you’re getting at lady, but, yes. There was a superhero named Wonder Woman that I definitely looked up to, growing up, and actually, Sigourney Weaver. She was always my favorite. She seemed to embody, a sense of humor, while being stoic and being powerful, and also being feminine. To me, she is the ideal woman. So, if I was a guy I would probably be like, “Go out with me,” but, yeah. She’s amazing. She’s incredible. And, I always looked up to her and the characters she played.
Q: Is there any adlibbing that goes on at all, or is it all really just scripted? Do you have any chance to sort of play off of each other throughout the movie?
JA: It’s pretty scripted. When it comes to these big-budgeted films, there’s very little room to change things up. However, when we do present something and we say, “Look, we – I really feel that this would be a better option for her,” they are very open to that, and they listen, and then we kinda sometimes will film two different takes. So they have it in the editing room if they need it. However, when the cameras aren’t rolling, usually we make fart noises to make each other laugh. Yeah. That’s what you get, being around a bunch of boys… It’s like being at home. So, if you hear anything weird during the movie, it’s, you know, Zachary Levi.
Q: Do you prefer movies or television? I’m also a “Nurse Jackie” fan…which also has a Thor…
JA: Oh, yes. That was a lot of fun. I know. He lets me know about it all of the time, yes. He’s like, “Oh, now you’re with the real Thor. You can hang out with the real Thor.” I’m like, “All right, all right, Steven.” He’s fantastic. I actually — I really like movies. You know why? Because, in movies, you know when it’s gonna end, so it’s a little bit more, there’s a little bit of a bitter sweetness of it, and you want to make the most of it. When you’re on TV, you never know when it’s going to end. Sometimes, after years and years of doing, it can get a little boring, unless you’re on an amazing show. Which, there are a lot of amazing shows out there, right now, I have to say…
Five things I learned about Jaimie Alexander during this interview:
1. She would love to be a part of Avengers 2, but they haven’t told her anything as of yet.
2. The battle sequence in which she does a flip off of a horse is her favorite scene in Thor: The Dark World.
3. Refers to herself as “the right amount of crazy” to do her own stunts.
4. She would love to see Lady Loki come into the picture.
5. Brains, beauty and a real sense of humor, Jamie seems to be the whole package!
I would like to thank Jaimie Alexander for taking the time out of her busy schedule to meet with our group of bloggers. I went into this interview already a fan of her work (Nurse Jackie & Thor), and I finished the interview impressed and an even bigger fan of her personality.
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.
Staring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor.
Thor: The Dark World is in theaters NOW!
If you missed it, you can read about my Thor:The Dark World red carpet experience and thoughts on the movie here, and watch for my interview with Thor co-star Zachary Levi coming soon!
I am working with Disney, Marvel, and Dreamworks as part of this event. They provided me with travel, food and lodging in exchange for my coverage. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. Some photos credited to Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel. Some photos credited to MomStart.com.