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Alexis Dziena

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WWD Scoop issue 09/29/2008
ALEXIS DZIENA
The latest actress to win a spot opposite chic-geek Michael Cera is 24-year-old Alexis Dziena, who appears in the coming-of-age comedy Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, out October 3. As maniacal queen bee Tris, Dziena unceremoniously dumps Cera’s title character Nick. “She doesn’t want to be a villain,” says the actress of her on-screen persona, “she just is.”

The New York native’s previous credits include a supporting role in the Kate Hudson vehicle Fool’s Gold and a part in the short-lived sci-fi TV series Invasion. Dziena next stars in the romantic comedy When in Rome, out early next year. The movie also features Danny DeVito, Will Arnett and Dziena’s idol, Anjelica Huston, though the two had inverse shooting schedules. “I’m going to introduce myself at the premiere,” says Dziena, “I just think she’s the coolest chick ever.”

BOYS ON THE SIDE: Dziena, who attended New York’s progressive St. Ann’s school, caught the acting bug early, when she was tapped for a role in a middle school production of Twelfth Night. “There were all these cute older boys fawning over me and I was like, ‘Wow, acting’s great.’”

CAST AWAY: Dziena is the first to admit she was an unorthodox choice for the part of snooty Lady Who Lunches Gemma Honeycutt in Fool’s Gold. “The first images that come to mind are a 5-foot, 10-inch blonde with fake boobs and painted nails,” she says with a laugh, “not a little indie girl like me.”

HARD DRIVE: Though she’s already spent four years in Los Angeles, Dziena hasn’t quite adjusted to the city’s car culture. “I’m too afraid to go on the freeway. It takes me about six hours to get everywhere. I think I only got my license in the first place because my guy from the DMV recognized me from Invasion.”

—AMANDA FITZSIMONS


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