If being an adorable curly haired kid didn’t catch the attention of future fans than his musical talents sure did.
Joining the entertainment scene at the skimpy age of six years old Alex was no stranger to the industry. Being the son of actress and screenwriter Polly Draper and musician Michael Wolff it was only right for him to be great in all things entertainment. With credits including The Naked Brothers band, roles in over half a dozen films and a series on Nickelodeon. Alex continued his family legacy of impressive talents. Now all grown up, Alex is still working continuously in the industry and we were able to catch up with him and talk about his past, present and his future.
1. How was it starring in a musical comedy series on Nickelodeon? What did you like most about being on the show?
It was a blast because it was my family and a bunch of my brother’s and my friends, not a bunch of kids we didn’t know. I think part of what made the show so unique and interesting is that we weren’t a bunch of actor kids who auditioned for our roles, we were friends who grew up together, so the chemistry was real between all of us. We also filmed it in New York during the summer so we could be removed from the Hollywood “kid-actor” scene, and could go to school during the year. The show also had this very free style, which made every day so wacky and fun. We sort of learned how to act as it went along.
2. You and your brother have been writing music since you were young, how is it performing with your brother? What are the perks of performing with someone else, rather than being solo? How has your music taste and style evolved?
It’s awesome. Nat and I think and work differently, but our styles, our talents and personalities perfectly work for our music, and we know each other’s strengths insanely well. Nat and I are also connected on another worldly level…he’ll know exactly what I’m thinking most of the time so our rehearsal process, writing process and studio process go quick because we skip all the trying to figure out what the other person is thinking or what they really mean stuff. We’re just honest with each other and most of the time can read each other’s minds. Also Nat knows how to help me say the things I want to say the way I WANT to say them. I can’t without him and I think I do the same for him, hopefully. You should probably ask him. Cause maybe I don’t. Now I’m doubting myself. Maybe I should call him? Gonna call him right now to make sure. Hold up.
3. You write, direct, and act in films. You write, perform, and create music. How do you manage to balance so much of your career at the age of 18? What are some of the challenges that you face in doing so?
The biggest challenge in my life is trying to finish Great Gatsby, and King Lear for school while in a year and a half I’ve filmed 5 movies, and I’m starting another one in April and then I’ve been doing music with Nat and I’ve already gotten into Gallatin, NYU….trying to find time to read these books and trying to find the MOTIVATION for reading them when all of this is going on is the biggest challenge.
4. What does fashion mean to you? What is your style? What do you like to wear?
I mostly like raincoats and pajamas. Preferably blue pajamas with horses on them. I like to wear that to events. What I like and when I feel most at home is when I wear duck costumes or when I wear rabbit fur head to toe and cardboard Yeezies.
5. How did you get the role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2? How was it filming My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2? What can we expect in this movie?
I auditioned a few times, which was daunting because the first movie is such a classic. But everyone was really nice in the audition and loose and fun. It was such a blast filming, because I’d seen all those people on screen as those characters so many times that to walk on set with them was kind of surreal. It’s a really cool, fun dramedy that’s got a lot of heart and romance and heartbreak and I’m super proud.
6. What film or TV projects can we expect from you in the near future?
Boots is online, which I wrote/directed/starred in and did the music for so go watch that. If you want to. Or not. All good either way. Up to you. But do it. Cause why not. Like 16 minutes. Not so bad. Just watch it. Please. I did this really sweet, heartbreaking movie with Chris Cooper called “Coming Through the Rye” that’s going all over the festival circuit right now (we must have been in every festival in the universe by now). I just finished this edgy dramedy “Dude” with Lucy Hale that I’m really proud of. Not sure when that’s coming out but soon…hopefully. And I’m about to start this dramatic thriller in mid-April.
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