1.) We’re very happy to be speaking today with a very talented young actress who is very much up and coming, Alix West Lefler; welcome to Vents, Alix! Before we get started, how have you been enjoying your 2022?
1. Well, 2022 so far has been a pretty wonderful year! I got a dog, named Fred and he is a beautiful, crazy Pomsky, I worked on an incredible movie that filmed in Newfoundland for two months, I got to film another series that is also coming out on Netflix called My Life With the Walter Boys, I got to go to TIFF and see the premiere of The Good Nurse and see Jessica, Eddie, Tobias, Amy and everyone involved in the movie. That’s just a few things that have happened already this year.
2.) Congratulations on your upcoming October 26 Netflix film The Good Nurse! For those that may not know, can you tell us a little about The Good Nurse and the character you play in it, Alex Loughren?
2. Thank you, I am very proud to have gotten to work on The Good Nurse. It is a true crime thriller following the story of the most lovely woman and nurse named Amy who helped put away one of the most prolific murderers in American history. I play Alex who is one of Amy’s daughters played by Jessica Chastaine.
3.) What initially appealed to you about acting in The Good Nurse? Did you know right off that this was a production you wanted to be a part of?
3. Well that is easy, Jessica Chastaine and Eddie Redmayne were starring in it! I was very interested in playing the part of Alex Loughren right away as it was my first time playing a real person and I liked the challenge of taking on that role. Also the storyline really interested me as it is not just about this man who was a nurse, killing people in these hospitals but also of this woman who was also a nurse who while struggling herself with health issues and looking after her daughters as a single parent, was able to assist in capturing Charles Cullen.
4.) In real life, how are you similar to your character of Alex? How are you different?
4. I believe Alex and I are similar in a few ways. First of all, we are both named Alex except hers is spelled with an e and mine is with an i. Alex I had a few messages back and forth early on and after filming about some of our traits. We are both very loyal and fierce protectors of our family. It seems we are both a bit shy but also not afraid to put ourselves out there once in a while. I think our differences are probably more that she was a bit punky when younger and maybe had a little more reservations about being in the spotlight and I’m more quiet when you first get to know me but then all confidence when it comes to acting.
5.) What was it like working alongside such talented actors as Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne in The Good Nurse?
5. Working alongside Eddie and Jessica was one of the best experiences of my life. They are both two of the nicest, most professional and also loving people. Everyday I woke up, I couldn’t wait to get to set just to see them and act alongside them. The thing about working with such talented actors is that they are always just right there, in the scene, in character and completely invested in the moment. It is how I work, ready to go and enjoying every second of filming and being together making a movie.
6.) The director of The Good Nurse is super-talented Oscar-nominee Tobias Lindholm. What was it like to work with Tobias on the film?
6. Everyone loved Tobias! He is such a talented Director and honestly one of the nicest persons I have ever met. I seem to be saying that a lot about this cast lol but it is true. Tobias made it seem like we were all in this together, one big happy family shooting a movie. One of the things I really liked about Tobias is how he approached every scene. He gave us as actors, more ownership of the characters and a more natural way of delivering lines I feel. He also invited my mom, dad and I out to play mini golf, have lunch and get ice cream with his family which was one of the best days I had in NY.
7.) Have you been surprised by the early rave reviews that The Good Nurse has already garnered from critics?
7. No I’m not surprised by the early reviews of the movie. It was made with a lot of care and love. Everyone involved with the making of this movie were so special.
8.) How did you land upon the path of being such a talented actress? Is there a Secret Origin story you could share with our readers?
8. Thank you! A secret origin story. I’m not sure if you are asking how I started or something else so I’ll tell you about how I started. My mom actually used to be an actor but she married a lumberjack and moved to New Zealand. When they decided to have me they moved back to Vancouver where my mom is from (my Dad is from New Zealand) and they performed live, entertainment lumberjack shows both here and in Australia. One of the lumberjacks in our show was doing a play and he told me I should audition for a part in it as they needed a few kids. So, mom and I put together an audition tape and I got the part. I fell in love with acting, enrolled in acting classes, got an agent and booked my third audition as a series regular on a show called Siren. From there I have not stopped filming and I loooooove it!
9.) Your first credited work was in 2020’s The Good Doctor. Any special memories of that freshman production?
9. Actually I believe Siren was my first show and The Good Doctor was right after. I was blown away meeting Freddie Highmore. He was acting, producing and directing in the show which I thought was a lot. He also took the time to tell me a bit about acting as a young person and really just made the experience amazing and pushed me to do more.
10.) You’re keeping busy with roles in two upcoming television shows – My Life with the Walter Boys and Dead Boy Detectives. What can you tell us about these two exciting-sounding projects?
10. We just wrapped My Life With the Walter Boys in the summer and it was so much fun. I play the role of Parker Walter who is the only girl in a family of ten boys. I probably can’t say too much about the series except it has a great cast and an amazing storyline based off the novel by Ali Novak. It’s maybe catagorized as a coming of age story. We filmed in Calgary over months and all became so close. We really were one big extended family! I filmed the pilot of Dead Boy Detectives which recently got picked up and is shooting now but I actually can’t tell you anything about it as I haven’t heard a peep. What I can say is working with the cast was a lot of fun and the writing and the whole premise of the show is phenomenal.
11.) Are there any specific directors that you would like to work with one fine day?
11. I don’t really know many directors but I would say that I have been so lucky to work with every single one so far that I have but I’ll put Steven Spielberg on my bucket list!
12.) When you’re not acting, what do you enjoy doing for fun?
12. When I’m not acting for fun, I like to hang out with my friends, my dog Fred, bike riding, axe throwing and just being with my family.
13.) Final – SILLY! – Question: When and where were you happiest?
13. When I was the happiest? Getting Fred and booking The Good Nurse.