Alexandra Daddario: ‘I’m not the type of girl who’s dreamed of her wedding’

Alexandra Daddario covered a recent issue of InStyle to promote her new series, Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, which I’ve heard nothing about, good or bad. This is InStyle’s “Self Love Issue,” so it’s not all about work, it’s about her vibes. Daddario’s vibes are pretty good – she’s lived a charmed life and she recently got married in one of the coolest New Orleans weddings I’ve seen. Some highlights from InStyle:

Her career path and her lack of a plan: “I’m not super-strategic. For the majority of my twenties, no one was throwing offers at me. There’s stuff I’ve done that people don’t take super seriously, which is fine, but I’ve always taken my characters seriously, and so I’ve always found something in each project. I take it day by day. I think it’s hard to make plans because you have to adjust them so much. I’m feeling that if you make plans, then you get laughed at by God or whomever. Anything can happen.”

She’s never felt she “made it”: “I never was like, ‘I’ve made it,’ even now I don’t feel like, this is it, I’m good for life now. I’m very, very proud of what I’ve accomplished, and I’m grateful, but it’s a ladder. You’re always sort of trying to figure it out. When you reach a certain age, and you’re still doing it, you go, ‘Well, I’m not going back to Marymount now to get my degree and figure out what to do; this is my job.’”

Her YouTube channel: “I wouldn’t film myself sobbing about a breakup and be like, ‘I can’t handle it anymore. I’m so upset. Why did he do this to me?’ I think there was part of it, not even consciously, but part of it that was like, come on, all this other stuff you see isn’t real. And being ridiculous and weird and strange or a little bit less polished about things, that’s life. We’re all a little weird, so why hide it?”

Her thoughts on intimacy coordinators on sets: “While some people might say that it went from zero to 60 really quickly, I think it was such a long time coming that these things had to happen. And even if some people feel like it’s sort of an overcorrection, I think it’s much better than not doing anything about it. I love having intimacy coordinators and people paying attention to these types of things. And I love seeing more women in front and behind the camera.”

She didn’t expect her Danielle Frankel wedding dress to be a huge hit on TikTok. “I’m not the type of girl who’s dreamed of her wedding, I had no idea what I wanted to wear, but I knew I didn’t want it to be super traditional. I guess I was kind of thinking Meghan Markle.” She said once she found Frankel, she knew something would work. “That was just the one that felt right, and I didn’t overthink it, and I just went with my gut.”

Dressing for herself: “I think as you get older, you get out of your head a bit more, and you get more confident with your decisions, and not dressing for other people; you’re doing it for yourself. And that’s been really freeing.”

[From InStyle]

Her wedding gown deserved to be beloved by TikTokers, it was an awesome dress and it wasn’t cookie-cutter. The whole vibe of her NOLA wedding was gothic-spooky-retro, and her pleated, loose slipdress was a whole mood. I love how much she references her style icon, Meghan Markle. She mentioned Meghan in her Vogue Wedding profile too, it feels like Daddario really has a Meghan moodboard, only it’s not creepy like Kate’s. I understand why she doesn’t feel like she’s made it too – while she has gotten progressively more famous, there isn’t one big role or one big movie where we can say “wow, she arrived!” Maybe White Lotus, but even then… it wasn’t exactly a showcase for her? She’s basically just a jobbing character actress. But that’s cool – that means she’ll always have work.

Cover & IG courtesy of Emma Anderson for InStyle.

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  1. Driver8 says:

    Megan’s dress was a near copy of one worn by Carolyn Bessette. The classics never go out of style. Loved AD’S dress too.

  2. Zazzoo says:

    TBH White Lotus was the first I was aware of her and then I discovered she’s been in tons of things I’ve seen. It’s weird because she’s luminous and very memorable but somehow I didn’t even remember that was her in True Detective S1 (which I’ve watched twice). She’s definitely on my radar now.

  3. Hoopjumper says:

    Seems like a delightful and talented woman, but I honestly hope I never hear the phrase “type of girl who” again, especially when followed by something portrayed as traditionally feminine. I don’t think I realized how much I was exposed to that type of language growing up until I did a Sex and the City rewatch (it’s all over that show) and it’s toxic.

    • Lexilla says:

      Well said Hoopjumper. I like her from what little I know of her, and I do love that dress, but I’m tired of that cool girl humblebrag phrasing (see Olivia Wilde).

    • AngryJayne says:

      I don’t know…
      I think she meant it literally. As in: Being raised down south, I had friends that were actual kids dreaming about their wedding day- ergo kind of girl who dreamed about it.
      And believe me I was NOT one of those kids/girls.

      I thought it was effing weird.

      • Hoopjumper says:

        People do dream of their weddings, no doubt. She might have meant “I did not dream” but she said “I was not the type who dreamed”. There is no type, is my point. There’s just people. And the “type” language is toxic.

  4. Frippery says:

    Where is the Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks content that the thumbnail for this article promised???

  5. Lucía says:

    I never knew much about her other than the fact that she’s absolutely stunning, obviously. She sounds really cool and smart here. She seems hardworking and like she loves what she does. And her wedding looked AMAZING.

  6. Deering24 says:

    Daddario is an interesting career case. She’s gorgeous and very talented. Her American Horror Story role should have put her on a bigger map, but she was playing the younger version of the character in a huge ensemble in a show where a _lot_ was going on. If she’d been a secondary character alone, it might have really put her on the radar. And since Baywatch was a flop, she didn’t get the attention she deserved. She always just seems to miss stardom because a factor outside of her control is lacking. Mayfair Witches is…not very good. (I’ll confess I didn’t think the book worked, either) but the series isn’t quite making up for where the source material fell down. However, Daddario is extremely good in it.

    • Frippery says:

      I think you’re confusing Daddario with Alexandra Breckenridge, who played ‘young’ Moira.

      • Deering24 says:

        Ugh, you’re right. Sorry! That also could be her problem—folks confusing her with Breckenridge. 🙃

    • ADFan says:

      She previously claimed that The White Lotus boosted her career and opened more doors for her. Based on what she’s done since then, that statement is either a lie or she’s chosen not to do as much as she could. Either way, it’s disingenuous of her to say that because if it genuinely did open up more opportunities for her, common sense would dictate she’d be lining up more work like Sydney Sweeney has been doing. If she’s getting offers for meaningful roles in high profile projects, she needs to take advantage of as many as she can now or her career will end up back where it was before The White Lotus.

  7. Elo says:

    She has this really great timeless sort of look. Is she in the 90s, the 50s, mideval Europe… it will keep her working for a long time.