Alexandra Anna Daddario (born March 16, 1986) is an American actress. She is known for playing Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson film series, Blake Gaines in San Andreas (2015), Summer Quinn in Baywatch (2017), Emma Corrigan in Can You Keep a Secret?, and Alexis Butler in We Summon the Darkness (both 2019). She has also starred in the films Texas Chainsaw 3D and Hall Pass and has guest starred in television series such as White Collar, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, True Detective, New Girl, and American Horror Story: Hotel.
Alexandra Anna 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 counter-terrorism unit under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She is of Italian, Irish, English and Slovak/Hungarian descent. Her brother, Matthew Daddario, is also an actor, and she has a sister named Catharine. 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 as well as the Professional Children’s School. Daddario said she decided to be an actress at the age of eleven. “I always loved storytelling,” she stated in 2019. “It was just something I genuinely wanted to do—and I could’ve done anything, really. I did have every opportunity on the planet.” 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 played victimized teen Laurie Lewis 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 as Neal Caffrey’s love interest Kate Moreau in the USA Network’s procedural drama series White Collar. In 2011, she co-starred in 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”, and she appeared as a guest in an episode of the FX sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as Ruby Taft. Her first starring role after Percy Jackson was the slasher film Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) as lead character Heather Miller. In the latter part of 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. Burying the Ex was among the chosen films participating but not competing at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
On 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. Her scenes, which included nudity, attracted much attention. The following year, she had a lead role as Blake Gaines in the disaster film San Andreas. Also in 2015, Daddario made a cameo appearance in the pilot of the Fox comedy series The Last Man on Earth created by and starring Will Forte, and the same year saw her guest appearance on American Horror Story: Hotel, portraying a fictionalized version of designer Natacha Rambova.
In 2016, the actress had a supporting role in the Nicholas Sparks romantic drama film The Choice, directed by Ross Katz. 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), directed by William H. Macy. 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, opposite the film’s co-writer Adam DeVine. Daddario also appeared as a scuba diver in Rampage, directed by Brad Peyton, but her scenes were cut from the final film. Daddario starred as Constance Blackwood in We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a Stacie Passon-directed film adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s mystery thriller novel of the same name. Daddario starred in the psychological thriller Night Hunter (originally titled Nomis) which premiered at the LA Film Festival on September 28, 2018. In 2019, Daddario starred in and produced with 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, directed by Marc Meyers. In 2020, Daddario played the voice of Lois Lane in the superhero animated film Superman: Man of Tomorrow.