Alexandra Anna Daddario (born March 16, 1986) is an American actress.
Daddario was born in New York City on March 16, 1986, the eldest child of Christina, a lawyer, and Richard Daddario, a prosecutor and former head of the New York City Police Department counterterrorism unit.
She is of Italian, Irish, English, and Czechoslovak descent. She has a younger brother, Matthew Daddario, and a younger sister, Catharine Daddario, who are both actors as well. Her paternal grandfather was Emilio Q. Daddario, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Connecticut from 1959 to 1971.
Daddario was raised on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She attended Brearley School and the Professional Children’s School. Daddario said she decided to be an actress at the age of 11. She attended Marymount Manhattan College before dropping out to pursue acting full-time. She has studied the Meisner acting technique for years.
Daddario made her television debut at the age of 16, when she starred in the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children. Her first major role was as Annabeth Chase in the fantasy adventure film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010). She also had a recurring role in the USA Network procedural drama series White Collar. In 2011, she appeared in the comedy film Hall Pass and had a recurring role as Rachel in NBC’s comedy-drama series Parenthood.
In 2012, Daddario starred in the music video for Imagine Dragons’ song “Radioactive”. She appeared as a guest in an episode of the sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Her first starring role after Percy Jackson was as lead character Heather Miller in the slasher film Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013). In August 2013, Daddario reprised her role as Annabeth Chase in the film sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. She then appeared in the romantic horror comedy Burying the Ex.
In January 2013, Daddario was cast in the first season of the HBO anthology series True Detective. She appeared in a four-episode arc as Lisa Tragnetti, a court reporter having an extramarital affair with one of the main characters. The following year, she had a lead role as Blake Gaines in the disaster film San Andreas and made a cameo appearance in the pilot of the Fox comedy series The Last Man on Earth. That same year, she made a guest appearance on American Horror Story: Hotel, portraying a fictionalized version of designer Natacha Rambova.
In 2016, Daddario had a supporting role in the Nicholas Sparks romantic drama film The Choice. Daddario subsequently starred as one of the leads in the film adaptation of Baywatch (2017). She played Summer Quinn, who was portrayed by Nicole Eggert in the original television series. That same year, Daddario portrayed Kate Jeffries in the road trip comedy The Layover (2017).
In 2018, Daddario appeared in the music video “Wait” by Maroon 5 and starred as Avery Martin in the romantic comedy When We First Met. She starred as Constance Blackwood in We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a film adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s mystery thriller novel of the same name. Daddario also starred in the psychological thriller Night Hunter. In 2019, Daddario starred in and produced two films, the romantic comedy Can You Keep a Secret?, based on the novel of the same name by Sophie Kinsella, and the horror thriller We Summon the Darkness.
In 2020, Daddario provided the voice of Lois Lane in the superhero animated film Superman: Man of Tomorrow and starred in the noir film Lost Girls & Love Hotels. She also appeared in Songbird, the first film shot in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021 she appeared in the HBO social satire series The White Lotus and the film Die in a Gunfight.