by Princess Harmony
Black Girl Dangerous’ Crush of the Month is a feature where we choose the most swoon-worthy and inspirational QTPoC whose work and flair has left us inspired and blushing. Then we interview them so our amazing readers can join us in crushing, fanning, and absolutely swooning over these amazing QTs.
It’s always an honor to introduce our Crushes, but this month’s crush is really special. She’s appeared in Transparent, Chicago Med, Code Black, Glee, and Drunk History, and will be appearing in the queer docudrama series When We Rise airing on ABC. Blazing the way for those who’ll follow her, Alexandra Grey is a Black trans actress whose star is on the rise.
Has it gotten hot in here, or is it just us? Without further ado, here’s Alexandra!
Princess: I’ve never gotten the honor of interviewing anyone famous before, let alone anyone creating history. So, I have to ask. What is it like to be an actress?
Alexandra: It’s amazing! I love the idea of being able to become someone else to tell a story. It really is magical and such a great profession. I could do it every day!
Princess: Trans people have been fighting to get to represent themselves in media and actresses like you finally give us that representation. How do you view your work as an actress in relation to activism? Do you blend your work and activism? How has that worked out?
Alexandra: I try not to be too too political, because it can hurt you in many ways being in the public eye. However, I do feel a certain responsibility to help create an awareness about trans lives and I think I try to do that as best and as much as I can. I think my work in television can really help change hearts and minds. I think it can truly make a difference to people who have no interest and no knowledge about what it means to be transgender.
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Princess: The episode of Drunk History you were in and the When We Rise docudrama series both dealt with queer history. How does it feel knowing that in representing our queer past, you’re creating history by being a trans actress? How did it feel to play Marsha P. Johnson in Drunk History?
Alexandra: I am so grateful to be able to play those two revolutionary characters. Marsha and Seville are two real life trans women of color who really played a key role in the trans movement back in the day, so it is an honor to even channel a fraction of that. I enjoyed Marsha; it was very funny but very real. I got to be a little more extravagant than I typically am, however, that is what so great about being an actor. You get to challenge yourself. I’m happy to be a part of this movement.
Princess: Let us move to something more romance related. What is your ideal partner like? What do you look for in a partner?
Alexandra: Tall, Black, & Michael B Jordan! No, I’m kidding. I’m open, as long as you’re genuine, honest, and a good person we can talk. And you have to at least be somewhat attractive. I mean I gotta be able to look at you boo! Haha!
Princess: Have you gotten to meet any cute groupies? I imagine you must get a lot of them! Do you have any stories about them?
Alexandra: Hunni! You trying to get me to spill that good tea today! Let’s just say… It does go down in the DM, but I receive all the love and support. Even if it’s extra! Without the viewers and supporters, artists would be nowhere!
Princess: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from any of your relationships?
Alexandra: Relationship wise, I only had one boyfriend in my lifetime! But I’ve dated quite a few guys and the best thing I learned is to never settle for anything less than what you deserve. It’s very hard for trans people to date because the men who love us care way too much about what the world thinks.
Princess: Who in your life has been the most supportive of you and your work? What’s been the most supportive relationship you’ve had?
Alexandra: I have three incredible successful trans mentors all whom are over 30 years my senior. Dana Vahle is a member of SAG/AFTRA and has made millions being a helicopter pilot in over 70 films. Mara Wells is an architect and has designed some amazing buildings like the new UCLA sports center, her wife Mimi Kmet is so cool and cooks down! And Beth Youngblood works for a major pharmaceutical company and runs Triathlons. They all have inspired me for the past five years to live the dreams I didn’t necessarily think were possible. Love y’all hoes!
Princess: If you could go on a date with any famous person, who would you pick? Would you even want to go out on a date with a famous person?
Alexandra: I think Michael B. Jordan is a cute little crush for me, but not in the “he so sexy” sense. I just fell in love with his work and his craft. I think he’s super talented and real. I’d love to work with him one day. I’m also not opposed to marrying a basketball player. Hey, if acting doesn’t work out I could always be the first transgender woman on Basketball Wives LA haha!
Princess Harmony is a nerd, writer, and happy little loser. She enjoys anime, video games, fashion, and cute things. Also, if you feed her snacks, she gets real happy. She’s also available as a consultant on matters of race, transgender identity, and all things anime.