EXCLUSIVE | 'Deadly Excursion' star Alexandria DeBerry talks human trafficking and being inspired by Rachel McAdams
'Deadly Excusion: Kidnapped from the Beach' star Alexandria DeBerry spoke to us about her upcoming show tackling human trafficking and who is her inspiration from the entertainment industry
Lifetime’s latest movie ‘Deadly Excursion: Kidnapped from the Beach’ is another crowd entertainer filled with thrilling sequences and an engaging storyline. On the other hand, Samaire Armstrong (Samantha McCarthy) and Alexandria DeBerry (Ellie McCarthy) kept the viewers at the edge of their seats with their stupendous performances. However, DeBerry managed to captivate the minds of the people with her acting skills and showed the viewers that she is undoubtedly one of the brightest talents in the industry right now.
The actress became a household name with her role in the Disney series ‘ANT Farm’. Since then, she has made appearances in various projects such as ‘Pass the Light’, ‘From Dusk till Dawn’, ‘The Inspectors’, and more.
In an exclusive interview with MEAWW, DeBerry tells us who inspired her to pursue a career in acting, what kind of relationship she shares with her co-stars, and how her upcoming project will manage to influence society to talk more about human trafficking.
The actress opened up about the movie 'Deadly Excursion: Kidnapped from the Beach' and shared how lucky they were to shoot before the COVID-19 pandemic started to wreak havoc in the US. She also noted that the pandemic has drastically changed how the movies are being made right now. “I have been on the sets since COVID began in the US and things are being done quite differently now. The actors are tested prior to being on set and medical professionals check us before we enter the makeup trailer,” said DeBerry. The star also noted that she misses spending time with her co-stars and building relationships with them. However, it is really hard for the cast to get together and hang out in between the scenes. “Everyone remains very cautious and professional on set. Wearing masks and doing everything to keep things safe for everyone," the actress added.
Who inspired her to take up acting?
DeBerry also opened up about her acting career and revealed that she was deeply inspired by the career of Rachel McAdams. She also said that the ‘Disobedience’ star is one of the most “versatile actors” of this generation and always hits the mark with her impeccable acting skills. “I’ve always admired Rachel McAdams’ career. She is versatile as an actress and her range is incredible. She inspires me in doing comedy and drama with precision. Meanwhile, her career also tells me that I should not just limit myself to one (comedy) or the other (drama),” the actress added.
What kind of relationship does she share with on-screen mom Samaire Armstrong?
‘Deadly Excursion: Kidnapped from the Beach’ reunites Alexandria DeBerry with her on-screen mom Samaire Armstrong. In the first ‘Deadly Excursion’ movie, the viewers loved the chemistry between the two stars and applauded them for their execution. When asked what kind of relationship she shares with Samaire in real-life, she said that Samaire is really kind and always uses her voice for things that she believes in. DeBerry said, “She is so fun and we share a similar sense of humor so we constantly got ourselves into giggle-fits on set. Apart from that, she is really kind as well. I complimented her top one day on the way to set, and the next thing I knew she gave it to me.”
How Disney helped her in shaping up her career?
Disney has given a strong platform to many young actors and musicians over the years. Celebrities like Zac Efron, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ryan Gosling, Miley Cyrus, and more have achieved a lot of success after starting their career with Disney TV shows and musicals.
DeBerry is no different. She achieved a lot of success after portraying the character of Paisley Houndstooth in the highly-popular series ‘ANT Farm’. While talking about the series, the star admitted that ‘ANT Farm’ played an important role in her career and opened a lot of doors for her. “Paisley is a role I am still recognized for to this day. Even 10 years after the premiere, I constantly get recognized for the character I played on the show. I’ve never felt the need to separate myself from the platform (Disney) because I truly enjoyed my character,” DeBerry added.
The actress will be next seen in movies like ‘Red Stone’ and ‘Presence’. However, an upcoming project that is really close to her heart is ‘DFW the Series: Traffickers’. The show is based on the subject of human trafficking and its effect on humankind. Talking about her passion project, DeBerry said that she has learned a lot about human trafficking in recent times and feels heartbroken that so many people suffer because of it.
The ‘Fashionista’ star also revealed that she and her husband, Tyler Beede, have associated themselves with an organization called ‘Break 195’ that hopes to end human exploitation. She further stated, “Bits and pieces of ‘DFW’ are based on true stories and I am excited to be on a project that brings such hidden issues to light.”
DeBerry also gave an update on her husband’s injury. Her husband, Tyler Beede, is a professional Baseball player who plays for the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball (MLB). Tyler suffered an injury and underwent a successful Tommy John surgery. Fans, who are eagerly waiting for his return, would be happy to know that he is eyeing a comeback in early June, according to DeBerry.
She also said that her husband has shown a lot of “resilience” after the surgery and can’t wait to see him back on the field.