We thought we had nailed the art of multitasking, but as it turns out, we don’t even come close to Blindspot star Jaimie Alexander. None of us do. That’s because in between acting in every other scene of the TV series last year, the star was also balancing a ridiculous amount of time in the makeup chair, martial arts training, media blitzes for the show and just being generally awesome.
Here’s the catch though — being that busy practically killed Alexander last year. So she’s learned some lessons when it comes to filming the second season of her hit show. Such as doing a juice cleanse periodically to reset her system and get “hydrated again,” or carving out just a little personal time for herself to be a human.
“It’s really important to go out. That was hard for me in the beginning because I would go home after work and just go to sleep. I didn’t have any friends or anything; I just didn’t have time,” she tells us. “Then I decided to make it a point, even if I was tired, to go out to dinner somewhere at least once a week. Even if it was just down the street from where I live, even if it was just a jeans and t-shirt situation or sweat pants, I had to get out and do something.”
When Alexander did have some time off — a couple of days on a weekend, for example — she’d also make a point of heading out of New York where the show films, to recenter herself in a new city. That often meant taking trips via the train to Boston or Salem and just wandering around the town.
“I ended up losing my sense of adventure doing the show, just because I wanted to make sure I was on top of my game every single day, every episode. Then I realized, that’s not going to work unless I have a little bit of a life outside of work,” she explains. “That’s something I’m really going to fight for in Season 2, is to try to just enjoy myself and my downtime a little bit more, instead of just sitting in a bath of ice.”
Because she was living in such a bubble of work for the first season, the actress also reveals that she had no idea how well-received the show actually was, until she was done filming it. That realization came full circle on her break between seasons, when she encountered “rad” fan reactions to her character and some of the show’s story-lines. Now, as she’s gearing up for another full season of being Jane Doe — the mysterious lady who’s covered from head-to-toe in tattoos, she’s ready to take it one day at a time.
“I’ve been doing a lot of fight training to prep myself to last another 10 months, but the overall experience of the show has been great,” she adds. “It’s such a funny thing because I have a ton of feelings about it but I can’t really put them into words. It’s been so amazing. I really enjoyed myself. It’s definitely a marathon but it’s been worth it and so enjoyable… I’m just incredibly lucky to have such a cool job.”
It kind of is. How about we fight you for it, Jaimie?