Alexandra, along with her writing partner Melanie Kirschbaum, had submitted “Smart” to us with the best log line: “Triggered by a conversation about our national treasure, Elizabeth Smart, two best friends nitpick each other’s life decisions, but ultimately realize that neither has it quite together.” It’s a testament to an expert summation of a script, because we already liked it before we read it.
Alex is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication, so she started out working for KNBC’s leading investigative journalist, a production company, a cable network, and, of course, celebrity couple. She then moved over to Eagleheart on Adult Swim and finally to black-ish on ABC. Originally, “Smart” was a web series she and her partner starred in, but now we get to have it . She currently works as a writers’ assistant on ABC’s comedy Black-ish. “Smart” was originally a web series she and Melanie starred in together, but we’re very excited to preview the brand-new live production, directed by the expert Tamar Halpern.
1. What are the top 3 movies/plays/shows that have inspired you?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t until I saw an episode of the show Six Feet Under in high school that I had any idea how amazing television could be, and I knew right then that THAT was what I wanted to do. I literally caught the episode about two weeks before I had to choose my colleges to apply to, and I told my parents the next day “Don’t worry guys. I have it all figured out. I’m going to be a TV major.” In case you were wondering, it was Season 3 Episode 6 (“Making Love Work”), and to this day it’s the Cold Open death that haunts me the most.
In the last five years, the show Happy Endings inspired me in that I want to write for a show like that — it’s a smart, single camera, hilarious show.
And in my personal life, I’ve mostly been inspired my My Best Friend’s Wedding. It’s a friendly reminder to go for what you want early in life, because your bad behavior will not be rewarded favorably later.
2. Did you go to film/theater school? What led you to being a writer or director?
I may have answered some of this question earlier, but I did follow through with my insane proclamation to my parents. I went to Boston University and majored in film and television. I took as many television screenwriting classes as possible and upon graduation moved to Los Angeles to do a Post Grad “Writer In Hollywood” program that BU offered.
3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?
I love female driven projects. I’ve never had more fun since I partnered up with Melanie Kirschbaum. I’ve had nothing but good experiences since I’ve started working in this industry, but there is no denying the feeling that men run this town and sexism exists. I like the idea of networking with and meeting as many talented and successful women as possible. Besides, men are garbage! (Kidding…)
4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”
I’ve been working towards where I’m going, and this is a stop along the way! Makes sense, right?