Habitually, tradition reigns supreme over unconventional or novel methods. Proving this method to be true, actress Alix Wilton Reagan took the orthodox path to success, graduating from local acting classes to attending a prestigious drama school, in order to cultivate and hone her art, leading her to ascend towards a triumphant and prosperous career. While climbing up the industry ladder, Alix can now be seen in the new feature film, A Nightmare Wakes, along with utilizing her vocal skills in the newest animated Netflix series, Dota: Dragon's Blood. In this exclusive interview, Alix discusses her experience working on her newest film, what we can expect to see from her in the near future, and advice she has for her younger self.
Megan Morgante: Did anything/anyone, in particular, inspire you to pursue acting?
Alix Wilton Reagan: It’s what I wanted to do ever since I was a little girl, which is not the most helpful answer, but it's always been a genuine calling for me. It was the only thing that I ever wanted to do since I can remember. When you're a kid, you don't really know what acting is and that it's a viable job. It was a fun thing that I could do and I have stuck with it ever since.
MM: Can you give an overview of your past in the entertainment industry and how it led you to where you are now?
AWR: I went to Saturday school when I was a kid taking drama classes. I kept those up until I was about eighteen-years-old, and once I finished high school, I went to drama school, which is a very quintessential British thing for actors to do, opposed to university. When I graduated, I got straight to work. I was a waitress for about two years and then slowly projects started trickling in.
MM: You can now be seen in the feature film, A Nightmare Wakes. Can you give us some insight into what we can expect from this film?
AWR: I would describe it as a dark, psychological, literary thriller, which explores the tumultuous world of Mary Shelley's life and how she comes to create the novel, Frankenstein. If you imagine an artist is always birthing a project, a painter might be birthing a painting, or a writer a novel. This is very much about how she births Frankenstein effectively. It's a beautiful film. It’s beautifully shot, the script is gorgeous, and anyone with an interest in gothic, literary dramas with a touch of horror, will really enjoy it.
MM: What was your experience like working on this project?
AWR: It was very lovely. I have fantastic friendships both on-screen and off with the other actors. I'm very close to Giullian Yao Gioiello, Claire Glassford, and Philippe Bowgen, who play the supporting cast. The writer and director of the film, Nora Unkel, is just a beautiful woman inside and out. She’s fiercely intelligent, very creative, knows what she's doing, and she trusts me and the other actors. Trust is a really big part of the collaborative process as an actor.
MM: What we can expect to see from your character, Mary Shelley, and what was your experience like getting into that character?
AWR: She's just incredibly intelligent and almost impossibly driven by her needs to create, she's obsessed with it. In some ways, you could argue, she's obsessively creative in quite a masculine way. The way that men are allowed to go off, ignore their family duties or their relationships because they're creating a great work of art. That sort of seems to relate to Mary's temperament. Of course, we can never forget that she was a woman in the 18th century. So, she did have to do the majority of the housework, the childcare, and the heavy lifting of her relationship with Percy Shelley as well. But, there's something very masculine about her, the obsession to be able to create, especially in that time period. Even today, why should we have excused men's bad behavior by saying there are creative geniuses? We're much less tolerant of women.
MM: Have you ever experienced any notable challenges or roadblocks throughout your career?
AWR: One of the most common lessons is learning to deal with rejection. As an actor, this is a real struggle and something I'm still experimenting with trying to come to terms with. Actors are told no constantly and it's a very saturated market. There's a lot of us and the good jobs are few and far between, unfortunately. So, learning to deal with rejection is a real part of the actors’ journey that I am still learning. By the way, anyone can get in touch with me on social media and let me know what methods work for them [laughs].
MM: Do you have any hobbies or passions that you enjoy partaking in when you're not acting or creating within the entertainment industry?
AWR: I love to read, even though I'm quite dyslexic. It takes me a very long time to read a book, and my friends tease me about that. They always make remarks about me still reading the same book, and I’m like, yes, but I am really enjoying it, thank you very much. I'm a big fan of cinema, so I really like films from start to finish. I like the journey of a film, it's a self-contained, two to three-hour piece of art.
MM: If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, or to anybody out there looking to break into the industry, what would that advice consist of?
AWR: You have to be courageous and go after what you want. Be tenacious and keep going when you get rejected, because you will get rejected. Try not to take it personally when you are given a rejection, because the acting industry is actually incredibly impersonal, to a certain extent. If you can sit with that, you've kind of got it covered. Always enjoy your work. There's so much nonsense in the business that goes on around, but the actual work of acting and acting itself is such a joy. It's pure joy. It's pure escapism and magic, so when you get to act, enjoy yourself.
MM: If you could see yourself and your career in the near future, what would that look like?
AWR: I'd love to be living in LA for a bit, doing a big TV series. I’d like to play a lead role in a long-running TV series. I like the idea of the continuity of work and the regularity of knowing that you're getting up, going to work, and being able to build a life around that. I also like the idea of having a character that you can explore in-depth over five or six seasons. That seems really cool to me.
MM: Do you have any exciting or upcoming projects in your personal life or career that you're particularly excited about?
AWR: On the 25th of March, a huge animated series called Dota: Dragon's Blood launched on Netflix. I play the lead villain in it, Selemene, and I play opposite amazing actors like Tony Todd, Troy Baker, and Yuri Lowenthal. It's beautifully written, and I'm just really excited. I think people really respond to it. I also look ridiculously hot in it, if I say so myself [laughs]. She's got this purple hair and purple eyes, super cool.
MM: Have you ever done cartoon work? I find it so fascinating.
AWR: It's so interesting. I've done cartoon work on The Amazing World of Gumball, which is an Emmy-winning show. They say it's for children, but personally, I think it's for adults; it's a very grown-up show. It's all very serious and it's not like an animation at all. It feels much more like a TV show that happens to be an animated series.
Photography by Michael Shelford