I was born and raised in Los Angeles. A rare local. My background is mainly Eastern European, but there is some German in there as well. Well, if you want to be accurate, I think my ancestors came over while it was still Prussia, since it was before the Franco-Prussian War. So, Prussian and Russian. Or, technically, Belarusian. My father’s side all came from Minsk, which is currently in Belarus, but at the time was in Russia, or maybe in the USSR? No, they definitely came over before the Soviet Union came into play. Oh! Also, I think I’m a quarter English… Wait, is this not what you meant by “background?” Oh.
I started acting in high school to get babes. I kept acting because I liked acting, which distracted from the disappointment regarding the babes.
I also sing, studied music in college, was on American Idol, and put out a CD with an indie label. That was fun too.
The Chronicles of Special Agent Magnum Explosionberg: he’s a hard-nosed detective who fights crime and laughs in the face of danger. He is married to Jennifer Lawrence and his sidekick is Shaq. I’m pitching it to HBO in 2014. In a perfect world, I’d play Special Agent Magnum, but if they went with Chris Evans, I’d get it.
Tripp Hopley. His passion, tenacity, and optimism inspire me on a daily basis. If I discovered that I was to be portrayed in a hit web series by Jayme Bell, I’d be devastated. How could I hope to go on with my life, always being compared to the glorious, handsome, beast-of-a-man that is Jayme Bell? I couldn’t. But Tripp Hopley took it in stride. He said, “sure, I’ll never be Hollywood mega-hunk Jayme Bell, but I’m Tripp Hopley, and I guess that’s okay too.” God bless you, Tripp Hopley. God bless you.
I play Jay, the cantor at Beth Shalom who has much bigger dreams of making it as a pop star. Much like his idol, R. Kelly, Jay believes it is his duty to spray his gift all over the music world. While Jay describes his voice as “Streisand-esque,” others are not as enthusiastic, and tend to be turned off by his “lack of any discernible skill.” But I think they’re just being petty.
Both Jay and I are known for our breathtaking talent, muscular physique, perfect hair, and overall humility. The only real difference between the two of us is that he wears a necklace.
The money. You would not believe how much they pay us. I mean holy smokes! I looked at the script and went “I don’t know,” but then they showed me how much I’d be making each day and I said “Sign me up!” Wait… what? We’re not? Deferred? Oh…well in that case I GUESS it would have to be the strong script, great cast, professional crew, and amazing people involved on the project. That was good as well, I guess.
While filming a scene, I sprained my right buttock. I would explain further, but I want to leave this up to your imagination. For the rest of the day, we rewrote a few scenes so that I could be sitting and allow my sprained buttock time to heal. To this day, my buttock still hurts when rain is coming.
If you watch it, you get the chance to be the guy at your Emmy watch party who goes, “Psh, yeah I guess Jim Parsons was alright, but that award definitely should have gone to Alex.” How can you say no to that?
Do you ever feel like the universe might be telling you something? If so, what?
Yes, I do. In fact I hear it right now. Let me translate… “Alex, tell the people reading this that if they don’t watch “Jewvangelist” and share it with all their friends, I will put a curse on them and their lives will be filled with misfortune and suffering.” Woah! Universe, that sounds really severe. I mean, yes, we can all agree that “Jewvangelist” is a great show that people should watch and share, but I don’t think we need to resort to threatening our — what is that? Really? We do? Dang. Sorry guys, its mind is made up. My hands are tied. So… watch “Jewvangelist”, or else, I guess.