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January 23, 2014 3:44PM EST

Q&A with Alexandra Daddario

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    What do you like most about True Detective ?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    I just think it's an amazing story. Beyond that, the mood. It's dark and philosophical. And the pacing lends itself to that. It takes time developing the characters, which I love to see a show do.

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    What was it like working with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    I worked more closely with Woody than Matthew, although they were both incredibly nice. Woody made me feel very comfortable in the more intimate scenes. When I heard they were doing a project together I knew that it had to be something really special to attract that kind of talent, and I feel really lucky to be part of it.

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    Alex, what drew you to your character and the story in True Detective? Did you enjoy the filming location?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    I liked the challenge of playing a character that was completely different from anything I had done previous. She's very dark and flawed, in a world of other flawed characters. The story was a page turner and extremely complex and interesting. And being set in Louisiana added to my ability to picture the world. I've filmed in Louisiana before and it's one of my favorite places.

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    How important you think is an actor having a strong relation with their character? Do you think you connect with Lisa like that?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    I think that there is something in almost every character that you can relate to. We all have dark, evil parts of ourselves as much as we have good and honest parts of ourselves. If you search long enough, you can find something that makes a character work for you. As an actor, part of your job is interpretation and embodying a their existence.

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    In one word how would you describe Lisa?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    Confused.

  • Q

    True Detective had an awesome début, definitely this show will bring great opportunities for you. So, what do you have next for this year?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    I have a film with Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene called "Burying the Ex" and a film I shot at home in New York called "Unreachable by Conventional Means.

  • Q

    who are you going for Super Bowl?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    I haven't been following it properly because my Giants are out. But I love football and I'm sure I'll pick a team on the day based on how cute the quarterback is.

  • Q

    Are there any similarities between "Lisa Tragnetti" and Alexandra Daddario?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    We both use handcuffs. Just kidding.

  • Q

    Is this a new challenge to act in this series of HBO?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    Yes, it was a challenging role for me but I think the more I challenge myself, the more I grow as an actor, so I was very proud to be part of it.

  • Q

    If you could give any advice for your character what would it be?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    Don't sleep with married men.

  • Q

    what kind of books do you read?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    I love Steve Martin's books. His autobiography is amazing. I also recommend "The Pleasure of My Company." I love Augusten Burroughs and went through a spell where I binged on all of them. Start with "Running with Scissors" and if you like it, I recommend all of his books. I love David Sedaris as well. I highly recommend "When We are Engulfed in Flames." I love these books because they deal with the darkness and confusion of the world and of our own existence but in a humorous way.

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    What made you want to become an actress?

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    Alexandra Daddario says:

    I've always been a big reader and I love stories. I'm fascinated by who people are, and why they do the things they do. I love film as a medium for showing people the world around them, and I'm so inspired by the books I read and the films I watch. As a kid and teenager, everytime I'd see movie and walk out of the theater thinking, "so this happens to other people and other people feel this way," it made life easier to understand and therefore I saw more and got more from life. Being able to be part of the the things that inspired me is absolutely amazing.