Born Suzana Drobnjakovic but known professionally as Sasha Alexander, she is an American actress probably best known for her roles in “Dawson’s Creek,” “NCIS” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” Most recently, she is set to appear on the Showtime series “Shameless” as a college professor.
Sasha Alexander is a beautiful blend of Serbian and Italian ancestry. Not surprisingly, she can also speak Serbian and Italian. She got into acting while still in junior high when she was cast as the female lead of her school’s production of “Baby.” She didn’t just act, however. When she was 14, she was in a pop music group called Everything Nice. She also used to ice skate and had dreams of going pro until a knee injury forced her to stop.
Sasha Alexander later graduated from USC’s School of Cinema & Television, where she studied directing. She made her professional TV debut on the medical drama “Presidio Med."
As for having a career in the public arena, Sasha Alexander said, “I have become more private with my life and family. I don’t feel the need to have every aspect of my life on display all the time. I play characters and tell stories that are not who I am. And it is important to keep those separate, for one’s sanity.” As an example, she explained, “I was never very good at math and science…so it’s fun to play a character that is so scientific and mathematical…the biggest difference is that Maura is very linear in her thinking and very logical…I’m much more laid back.”
When asked if she ever played the “Rizzoli & Isles” drinking game, she said, “I haven’t. I do know of it and I would like to play it but I haven’t.”
As for her outlook on life she said, “I’ve always been somebody that enjoys life. I want to be happy in it, and I’ve always been that way. Since I was a kid, I really was somebody that was active. It’s just an inner drive, and a willingness to lead a good life.”
Sasha Alexander is the mother of two children from her marriage to director Edoardo Ponti. They reside in Los Angeles, California. As for having kids, she said they’ve changed her perspective in every way. “They remind you every day that life is passing by, and to enjoy it!”