We first met the talented actress in a convincing mute performance as a mysterious mermaid in thriller “Mermaid Down” (2019). Post covid shutdown she played a quirky hippy in comedy pilot “Figure It Out” (2022). This year to completely throw us off guard, Alexandra Bokova is unrecognizable in full prosthetics as she stars in an upcoming sci-fi “Alien Planet” (2023).
For a young starlet on the rise who could capitalize on her natural beauty, Alexandra’s choices of roles are as unpredictable as they are versatile. “One of my favorite actors of all time, who happened to be an immigrant from the same part of the world as me, is Yul Brynner. He could do it all, and he did. Always different, always brilliant, he seemed so free in his art. I aspire to that freedom and brilliance. Looks, whether they’re perceived as fortunate or not, background, stereotypes, expectations, or whatever else will not hold me back. Sometimes even good things can be a crutch or a comfort zone that can hold you back. I’m not into that. I’m here to enjoy myself and I plan to take my time. I work hard and hope for more opportunities to fulfill that ambition”.
Fortunate would definitely be a word to describe Alexandra. Striking in person yet easily approachable as she disarms you with a big, genuine smile. You couldn’t place where she’s from based on her ambiguity and a hint of an accent. She doesn’t spend much time talking about it either. There is an ease about her and a mystery at the same time, as she playfully redirects questions with a bit of banter and humor. Comfortable in her skin, the actress comes off as someone who has it all figured out. “I have no idea what I’m doing. I sort of wing it as I go. I’m not a “nepo baby”, you figure it out as you go, don’t complain, and always choose happiness. I live life, I love life, I want to take the biggest bite out of it and fully indulge, experience, and be present. I allow myself to make mistakes and explore. I like the freedom of holding myself solely accountable for my decisions”.
So what’s next for the up and comer? Leading indie arthouse films is only the beginning. Alexandra soaks up inspiration in fashion, art, literature and music. “Who knows? Performance is my heart- film and theater. I hope to further collaborate with like-minded creatives, connect and shake things up a bit. I don’t neglect my personal life either. I think it’s important for creativity as well as individual experience. I find inspiration in the people in my life, even those I briefly encounter”.
When asked what she hopes viewers take away from her performances, Alexandra smiles and says “Connection. A sense of belonging, feeling seen, or simply entertained. I grew up watching international content from Argentinian TV shows, European arthouse, to US blockbusters. I loved these different characters. People from different parts of the world, many look nothing like me, I did not know anything about these actors and that did not matter. I saw myself, my loved ones in those characters. Of course a lot is credited to great writing but the relatability and connection to a truthful performance is universal. Film has the power to connect people from all parts of the world. A great performance allows a viewer to feel connected and less alienated, especially in today's world of social digital isolationism”.
There is something ethereal about the actress whose only form of social media is Instagram, where she isn’t very active to begin with. “I don’t engage on social that much. Maybe I should. I appreciate the form and beauty of stills and those little clips but would much rather connect through motion pictures, a performance. I think we’re most transparent in character. Character, demeanor- our personality and physical flaws allow us to be universally relatable to each other. I appreciate beauty, pretty is nice. But that definition shifts with time and space. Frankly, looks may be a depreciating asset. Skills, experience, knowledge- those can increase in value. They hold more weight and are what I think we should be in the real world investing more of ourselves into. In a killer outfit, preferably”. A playful bright smile fills the room.