Alana de Freitas is an Australian actress based in the US. She has starred in a number of feature films and is climbing the ranks in Hollywood. Her most recent film, ‘Before the Dawn’ is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
1. Alana grew up doing animal rescue
Growing up, Alana’s mother was heavily involved with the Australian animal rescue organization Rescued with Love. As a result, the family often fostered numerous dogs at a time. It was not uncommon for them to have seven or more dogs at a time. Mostly small dogs, but the family also had a variety of pets over the years as well, including birds, fish, mice, lizards, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, a turtle, and even an axolotl. “I loved growing up with so many pets! It feels so odd to me when I’m living somewhere with no animals. I find them so comforting and calming.”
2. The first role was in ‘Queen of the Damned.’
As a young teenager, Alana played the role of a goth concertgoer in Michael Rymer’s 2002 vampire film, ‘Queen of the Damned,’ starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah and getting to see such a large-scale production only further enamored Alana with show business. “I was just so in awe of everything. I mean this wasn’t just a film; this was a big film putting on a huge rock concert. I don’t even know if I’d ever been to a concert before that. It was so amazing to get to experience.”
3. Alana has a kidney condition
In 2017, Alana developed a serious kidney infection that saw her only narrowly escape surgery. As a result, it was discovered that she had been born with a congenital kidney blockage that causes her kidneys to not function as well as normal kidneys, which can result in needing surgery or a transplant later in life. The condition is normally detected in the womb and operated on early in life. “I just have to be careful to make sure I look after myself. Watch my alcohol intake. Drink lots of water. I’m pretty on top of it”.
4. Alana is also a writer and producer
Alana wrote and produced the feature film ‘Before the Dawn,’ in which she stars alongside Jared Scott. She has also written a number of short films that have had success on the festival circuit. She currently has a horror screenplay and a #metoo themed documentary in development. “Before the Dawn was the first feature screenplay that I had written, so I’m very proud that we were able to get it into production.”
5. Alana has a royal heritage
The de Freitas family names stem from Portuguese aristocracy. “I believe there is a Marquess somewhere in my lineage. Unfortunately, Portugal is no longer a monarch, so my nobility seems to have gone down the gurgler”.
6. Wishes she was a singer
Alana enjoys singing everywhere: in the shower, in the car, around the house. “If I could do anything, I would be a singer. But I’m pretty much tone-deaf. My singing voice is woeful, but I just don’t care because I derive so much joy from singing. I’m not musically inclined in any way, unfortunately.”
7. She loves conspiracy theories
“I think part of being creative is that you have a very healthy, if not somewhat overactive imagination. I love getting lost in a wormhole of conspiracy theory videos on YouTube. I get really into it, and then at some point, I realize hours have gone by, and I have to drag myself back to reality.”
8. Background in Finance and Beauty
Alana worked in finance for seven years while pursuing acting on the side. She managed multimillion-dollar mortgage portfolios across Australia and New Zealand. “I kind of just fell into finance. I’d had no interest in it. I just took an entry-level job in a call center because I needed a job. Then I started to enjoy the industry and became determined to work my way up, which I did. I think a lot of my producing skills come from my time managing projects and leading teams of people in finance.” Before working in finance, Alana was in the beauty industry, performing pre and post-operative treatments for cosmetic and plastic surgeons. “But my first proper job was in a candle shop when I was seventeen. I made some great friends in that job who are still a part of my life today”.
9. She is terrified of spiders
Since childhood, Alana has had a fear of creepy crawlies. “I remember seeing a cobweb between two rose bushes at my auntie’s house. There was this big curled leave on the web, and I could see the legs of a huge spider sticking out. I then started playing on the nearby swing set. When I finished, I looked at the cobweb, and it had been gashed down the middle. I instantly realized that my hair had ripped through it as I was swinging. I ran around hysterically, screaming convinced that the spider was in my hair. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that!”
10. Wanted to be a nun when she grew up
Alana attended Catholic school for all of her education. “As a kid, I remember thinking how great it would be to be a nun. I thought ‘free food and house, not bad.’ As I got older, I obviously learned that there was a lot more to it than that and that it’s not for me”
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