Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Alex Meneses

NBC's most talked about show is Telenovela. Original writing, acting and a cast that will make their way into the books of brilliant television history. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actress Alex Meneses. Alexandra “Alex” Meneses, the ALMA-Award nominated actress known for her smoldering bombshell characters and philanthropic commitment to a wide variety of causes, stars as Isabella, the over-the-top diva actress, on NBC’s new comedy series, Telenovela (airing Mondays at 8:30PM et and pt). EvaLongoria produces and stars. Alex first became embraced by audiences playing Teresa Morales in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Her role as Stefania Fogagnolo, Brad Garrett’s luscious Italian girlfriend on Everybody Loves Raymond earned her ALMA Award and American Comedy Award nominations. Other TV roles include Joey Tribiani’s sister, Cookie, on Friends, Sofia on The Goldbergs, CSI, CSI Miami, Prison Break, NCIS, Psych, Austin & Ally, and The Cleveland Show On film, the Chicago native and former model recently starred in the comedy Ripped, inspired by Washington Irving’s classic Rip Van Winkle story. She has also appeared in Selena, Boyle Heights, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award winning Auto Focus opposite Greg Kinnear. Alex was Mistress of Ceremonies for Ischia Global Film Festival in Italy. As president and founder of her own production company (OOLaLa Productions/LADDS Entertainment) Alex produced the Sundance Channel hit documentary Damned to Heaven, a gripping look at life inside the FLDS (Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ Later Day Saints) pluralistic community of Colorado City, Arizona. She also executive produced Australians Hit Hollywood, an honest look at Australians and New Zealanders who have turned themselves into prominent players in the Hollywood entertainment scenes. While still in high school in Chicago, Alex was inspired to pursue an acting career after seeing Rita Moreno’s performance in West Side Story, and enrolled in the famed Second City Improv program. Following high school, Alex landed a modeling contract and moved to Europe where she worked regularly in Italy, France and Greece. Upon her return to the US, she entered The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute to hone her acting skills. She has received acclaim in the Geffen Playhouse’s production of Oscar and Felix: A New Look at The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. An adapted revival of The Odd Couple, Simon altered the ethnicity of Oscar & Felix’s neighboring sisters to Spanish, which fit Meneses who is half Mexican-American. Alex has appeared in numerous stage productions including Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater. In her on-going commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism, Alex has served on the Board of Trustees at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, for ten years, and has helped to raise tens of millions of dollars for the hospital. She also serves on the Boards for United Hope for Animals, The Los Angeles Symphony, and The Chicago Symphony and is a member of The Chicago Historical Society. A devoted alumna of Chicago’s Mother McCauley Liberal Arts High School, Alex frequently returns to campus and meets with students to share her insights and commitment to a McAuley education. In 2005, she established the Alexandra Meneses Endowed Scholarship to help ensure that a new generation of young women are given the best possible career and life opportunities. Alex is a devoted mother to her young daughter and divides her time between Los Angeles and Chicago. ALEX MENSES AND AGTA Alex was chosen as one of the celebrities 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Celebrity Photo Shoot (AGTA is the American Gem Trade Association). She will grace the organization’s Prism magazine cover for the first time. It will be seen on the Times Square Jumbotron in New York on Monday February 1st and will be released nationally on Tuesday February 2nd.

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