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, â€˜Before the Dawnâ€™ is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
1. Alana grew up doing animal rescue
Growing up, Alanaâ€™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. â€œI loved growing up with so many pets! It feels so odd to me when Iâ€™m living somewhere with no animals. I find them so comforting and calming.â€
2. The first role was in â€˜Queen of the Damned.â€™
As a young teenager, Alana played the role of a goth concertgoer in Michael Rymerâ€™s 2002 vampire film, â€˜Queen of the Damned,â€™ starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah and getting to see such a large-scale production only further enamored Alana with show business. â€œI was just so in awe of everything. I mean this wasnâ€™t just a film; this was a big film putting on a huge rock concert. I donâ€™t even know if Iâ€™d ever been to a concert before that. It was so amazing to get to experience.â€
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. â€œI just have to be careful to make sure I look after myself. Watch my alcohol intake. Drink lots of water. Iâ€™m pretty on top of itâ€.
4. Alana is also a writer and producer
Alana wrote and produced the feature film â€˜Before the Dawn,â€™ 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. â€œBefore the Dawn was the first feature screenplay that I had written, so Iâ€™m very proud that we were able to get it into production.â€
5. Alana has a royal heritage
The de Freitas family names stem from Portuguese aristocracy. â€œI 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 gurglerâ€.
6. Wishes she was a singer
Alana enjoys singing everywhere: in the shower, in the car, around the house. â€œIf I could do anything, I would be a singer. But Iâ€™m pretty much tone-deaf. My singing voice is woeful, but I just donâ€™t care because I derive so much joy from singing. Iâ€™m not musically inclined in any way, unfortunately.â€
7. She loves conspiracy theories
â€œI 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.â€
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. â€œI kind of just fell into finance. Iâ€™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.â€ Before working in finance, Alana was in the beauty industry, performing pre and post-operative treatments for cosmetic and plastic surgeons. â€œBut 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 todayâ€.
9. She is terrified of spiders
Since childhood, Alana has had a fear of creepy crawlies. â€œI remember seeing a cobweb between two rose bushes at my auntieâ€™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 donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll ever forget that!â€
10. Wanted to be a nun when she grew up
Alana attended Catholic school for all of her education. â€œAs a kid, I remember thinking how great it would be to be a nun. I thought â€˜free food and house, not bad.â€™ As I got older, I obviously learned that there was a lot more to it than that and that itâ€™s not for meâ€
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