Jaimie Alexander on a Thor Sequel and Playing Lara Croft
05.24.11 by Ryan
Jaimie Alexander was a relative unknown before being cast as Asgardian warrior Sif in Marvel's adaptation of Thor, having appeared in a couple horror movies (Hallowed Ground, Rest Stop) and the TV show Kyle XY. In an interview with Movieline, Alexander revealed that she was cast after auditioning via Skype.
I was probably one of the last few girls who went in to audition for the role of Sif. I had read about the project months and months in advance, and I said, "I’ve got to get in for this. I really want to get in for this." And then I did, and I literally just read with the casting director because [director] Kenneth Branagh was in Sweden at the time and couldn’t be there for the audition. They sent my tape over to him, and within a week he had phoned my manager and said, "I’d like to get her on a Skype conversation so I can get to know her personality and just get to know her a little bit more." Basically he wanted to direct me on Skype based on what he’d seen on the tape.
So after speaking with him, I went back in for another audition and pretty much did the scene a ton of different ways so he could see my range. And within another week I was cast as Sif. It was very quick — a bit bizarre. Again, it just felt like that was how it was supposed to be, it was meant to be.
Before Thor became a huge success, Marvel president Kevin Feige revealed that a Thor sequel was in the works, with Feige admitting at the Thor press conference that screenwriter Don Payne was "working on story ideas for a Part Two." Alexander admitted that she'd be "delighted" to return for a sequel.
I loved playing Sif. She’s definitely one of my favorite characters I’ve ever taken on, and I would be delighted to be in more Marvel films playing her. It was such good experience that I could only wish to do that again, and I think there’s a strong possibility that that could happen. Fingers crossed! I have no problem with that. I don’t see a downside at all. I think we’re blessed as actors to be working like we are and with the people we work with. I would take a sequel as a tremendous, tremendous blessing that I would welcome with open arms.
Alexander has already mentioned what she would like to see in Thor 2. "In the comic books, I've read a little bit that Loki takes over Sif's body," Alexander revealed at the Thor press conference. "I think that would be quite interesting and weird."
While Alexander awaits a second Thor movie, the actress admitted that she's also interested in playing video game character Lara Croft in a planned Tomb Raider reboot that Iron Man screenwriters Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus are writing for producer Graham King.
I’ve obviously been hearing about a Tomb Raider reboot, which I think would be pretty awesome — Lara Croft. I would love to pursue Lara Croft. And the thing is, you know, I’m not going to try and be Angelina Jolie. She’s her own woman, and she did a fantastic job as Lara Croft. If that opportunity arises for me, then I would put my own spin on Lara Croft. There’s no way I would try and copy what she did. I think that’s a huge mistake with actors and actresses who are taking on a role that was previously done by someone else.
Alexander says that she would use her own identity to set her Lara Croft apart from Jolie's.
Well, let’s use Angelina Jolie as an example. She has her own sex appeal. She’s built very differently than I am. She’s her own woman. And I think that if you try to mimic that — if I was trying to pull off the exact way she said certain things and how she carried herself — then that’s not being me. That’s just copying another actor. Whereas you can look to other actors for inspiration, you should still maintain your own identity through a character. And that’s something I would love to tackle.